Day in history for June 22, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island leaders have decided not to join with Davenport in celebrating the Fourth of July, as previously planned. At a meeting of citizens at the courthouse last night, committees were appointed to select an orator for the day, a chaplain, a reader of the Declaration of Independence, and to plan a program of toasts.

1879 -- 125 years ago
M.D. Merrill, president of the Rock Island Board of Education, was reelected without opposition. He received 312 votes.

1904 -- 100 years ago
George Washington McCaskrin, campaigning for election to the legislature, entertained with a moving picture show, something new to most people, in Market Square Saturday evening.

1929 -- 75 years ago
County officers seized slot machines being used on the Rock Island-Davenport ferry.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Boating enthusiasts along the Mississippi River will have a new and well protected harbor when the basin now under construction at Andalusia is completed. When dredging is completed the harbor will measure 50 by 400 feet.

1979 -- 25 years ago
International Harvester introduced the world's largest and most productive hillside combine, the model 1470 Axial-Flow. The introduction took place in Spokane, Wash. Basic production models which will be built at IH's East Moline Plant will be shipped to Spokane for final assembly of the undercarriage, drive assembly and leveling system.

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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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