Day in history for August 21, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Justice Bean had a busy day. He assessed one Rock Island man $33.08 for firing a gun in the street, another the same for gambling on Sunday, and a third the same for disturbing the peace on Sunday. A man found guilty of passing counterfeit money was fined $25.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A brilliant party was given by Miss Carrie Warner on Moline Avenue. Chinese lanterns lighted the lawn. A platform had been built for dancing.

1904 -- 100 years ago
While picnicking at the Watch Tower, George W. Townsend, Sr., of South Heights, Rock Island, was stricken with paralysis for the fourth time yesterday. He died today at 55.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Ardo W. Mitchell won the Rock Island Arsenal golf club championship for the sixth year, defeating his brother, Leon, in the final round.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Davenport detectives turned Douglas E. Weivoda, 27, of 3217 Boies Ave., over to the Scott County sheriff's office for extradition to St. Cloud, Minn., after Weivoda was apprehended when he crashed through the ceiling of the home in which he was hiding.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Although Anita Clanton won't have her drivers' license for another four months, she still manages to drive about 18.5 seconds each week. Clanton may be the youngest female drag racer in the area, and for about a year, she's been driving her 1979 Pontiac Sunbird on quarter-mile runs at local tracks.

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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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