Day in history for August 9, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A man advertised for a wife in a Cambridge newspaper, the Henry County Dial. A girl aged 15 responded, ''I'm weary of the single life, would just as soon become your wife.''

1879 -- 125 years ago
O.J. Dimock has received a life-size stone image of his former Newfoundland dog. The stone will be placed over the grave of the Dimicks' two children, where the dog had lain on guard ever since the children died of diphtheria. F.O. Cross of Chicago was the sculptor.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Oscar Wiley, a steeplejack, has been hired to paint the tower of St. Mary's Church, Rock Island. Wiley's wife, now working in Indiana, also is a climber.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The stock market collapsed today, with losses in the price of shares running from $2 to $26.50. The setback is considered temporary.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A severe gale caused damage estimated at $100,000 Monday night when it struck Kewanee, unroofing the city hall, shattering store windows and uprooting trees. The storm hit just 15 minutes after the city council had adjourned from the second floor council chambers.

1979 -- 25 years ago
The Colona Township Board approved a 100 percent increase in the prices of lots in the township's three cemeteries: Dayton, Colona and Glenwood. Each lot consists of two gravesites and the new price will be $200 per lot for township residents and $600 for non-residents.

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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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