Day in history for February 13, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The little grandson of John Thompson, while washing his sled at the levee, fell under the ice today and was taken away by the current. The body may not be found until spring.

1879 -- 125 years ago
If O.J. Dimick will not allow use of his Ninth Street fairgrounds track for harness races, Rock Island should establish a driving park on Big Island.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The city will offer to buy from Phil Mitchell the combination city hall and armory which the city leases. The council voted to offer $15,000.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Crowded conditions at Hawthorne and Irving schools and plans for enlargement of those schools were outlined for the board of education.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A scholarship fund in memory of Carl August Bergendoff, a graduate of Augustana College, has been established. A check for $5,000 was received from Ruben Bergendoff, Kansas City, Mo., a son, whose contribution was prompted by his father's devotion to Augustana.

1979 -- 25 years ago
As soon as his flashlight beam reflected off the shiny plastic bags in the dark attic, Rock Island County Sheriff's investigator Sherman Powell knew he had found what he was looking for. Inside the bags, wrapped in towels and rags, was a tiny skeleton, the remains of what authorities believe was a 7-month-old fetus. Powell came to the one-story home in an unincorporated part of the county, near Silvis, after he received a tip from a former resident of the home.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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