Day in history for March 20, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Half of the old buildings on the depot ground have been removed and the new passenger depot soon will be ready. The old sawmill of Bailey And Boyle has been moved up to the lower part of town.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Resolutions against liquor and tobacco were passed by the WCTU of the sixth congressional district in session here. Grape juice for church sacramental purposes was advocated.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A split in the Republican party ended up today in two county conventions being held, with two sets of delegates. Mayor William McConochie led the Lowden forces at the Illinois Theater. C.J. Searle presided for the Yates delegates at the courthouse.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Augustana College moved a step nearer a state title by defeating Monmouth.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Approval of architects plans for a new Scott County courthouse by the board of supervisors set the stage for actual construction of the long awaited and much needed building.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The Rock River, continuing its ''slow, steady rise,'' overtopped one levee this morning and pushed high against several others. The Yeager levee northeast of Osborn had two to four inches of water flowing over its south end this morning, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Osborn area residents said. Upstream at Hillsdale, Mayor Max Crane said the Rock has hit 18.5 feet, the highest ever.

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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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