Day in history for August 12, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island merchants are making a mistake by not sweeping their sidewalks. Locust trees, overhanging many of the downtown walks, contribute to the litter, which makes a poor impression on visitors. The use of brooms is imperative.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A new floor is being laid in J.R. Johnston's store in the Negus building.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Allyn Fleming, formerly of The Argus staff and now editor of the Galveston, Texas, Evening Tribune, is visiting Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Col. Art Goebel, winner of the Dole air race from California to Hawaii, visited Rock Island in his victory plane, the Woolarac.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The Hammond-Henry District Hospital at Geneseo has been chosen as one of three hospitals in Illinois to serve on a committee to establish standards, qualification, and functions of the Head Nurse groups in various hospitals.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The steer was a little too big for its owner, but 11-year-old Kathy Hoge of Cambridge still took top honors Saturday in the livestock show at the Illinois State Fair. Her 1,165-pound Chianina-Angus, shown by Dan Kiesewetter of Farmington, was selected grand champion. Kathy, who weighs 80 pounds, said the steer was born on her grandfather's farm, and she worked hard to raise him for the state fair show.

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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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