Day in history for May 26, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A party of ladies and gentlemen of Rock Island and Davenport took a pleasure trip to Muscatine on the new ferry steamer John Wilson. They amused themselves by dancing in the fine saloon of the boat and at the Ogilvie House, where they took tea.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A jury in circuit court found John Kavanaugh and Paddy Heeney guilty of the murder of Policeman Joseph Rosenfield, who was attacked without reason on a Rock Island street and killed by four roughs. Two other suspects will be tried next week.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A large class of grammar school graduates, totaling 179, will receive diplomas June 3, in Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Miss Ernestine C. Stanford of Rock Island accepted a position as supervisor of weekday schools of religion in this city.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Davenport city hall employees have contributed $95 to help Joshua Roberts, city hall custodian, and his family travel to Washington, D.C., June 4 to see son Earl graduate from the Howard University Medical School.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Todd Rosenthal of Moline captured a gold medal in the finals of the 105.5-pound weight class in Greco-Roman competition at the Junior Pan Am Games in Monterey, Mexico. Rosenthal pinned wrestlers from Venezuela and Mexico in route to the finals, where he defeated a Canadian. Rosenthal won a bronze medal in the same event a year ago at Caracus, Venezuela.

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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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