Day in history for August 14, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Republican office tenders its thanks to Mr. D.D. Smith of the Graham House for a liberal supply of choice cigars.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The socialistic, communal life of the Bishop Hill Colony in Henry County will be no more after an auction Sept. 5 divides the rest of the lots and lands of the colony.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Margaret Woltman and daughter Pauline left today for St. Louis, where Miss Pauline will make her second concert appearance at the World's Fair.

1929 -- 75 years ago
''On with the Show,'' starring Betty Compton, will be the first all-talking film photographed in natural colors to be shown in Rock Island, at the Fort Theater.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A deluxe packaging method to prevent damage to long playing records during shipment has been developed by a former Rock Island resident and once WHBF radio engineer. He is W. Robert Brittenham, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Brittenham, 1615 24th St., Rock Island.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Despite engineer reports that it is dangerously undermined and in need of ''emergency'' attention, Rock Island councilmen have put off repairs of a bridge for two weeks to have a first-hand look at the problem. The concrete bridge serves four families in the area between Watch Hill and Black Hawk State Park.

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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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