Day in history for May 9, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
There was quite a gale of wind on Monday. A fine frame for a two-story dwelling house, on Spencer's Addition belonging to John S. Sargent, was blown down. We have heard of no other injury occasioned by the wind.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Mr. George France and his acting dogs, supported by a carefully selected company of ladies and gentlemen, will appear May 9-10. Do not fail to see them as they are now the best party in town.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Very few button factories on the upper Mississippi River are running at the present time. There are few shells to be had.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island bridge traffic in a single-day totals 24,607 automobiles, a count reveals.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Ferry boat service between Davenport and Rock Island will resume at the end of May or the first week in June, depending on the stage of the river. Fred J. Kahlke, Rock Island, operator of the Kahlke Boatyards, who has operated the ferry for about seven years, said today.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Pat Mitchell thinks she has the greatest mother in the world. Mitchell, 31, of Adelaide, South Australia, battled 12,000 miles, a 13-hour time difference and the whims of international telecommunication systems until she finally contacted The Dispatch and nominated her mother, Alice Paasch of 2525 7 1/2 St., East Moline, as ''Mother of the Year.''

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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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