Day in history for October 12, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The secret political party Know Nothing has pinned triangles of white paper on posts in Rock Island. This means the Know Nothings will meet tonight. These midnight cowards do not dare to avow their principles but meet under stairs in the dark to scheme.

1879 -- 125 years ago
No case here ever has produced such a sensation as the arrest of a former Rock Island mayor for the alleged abduction of a pretty church organist. The complaining witnesses are a committee of the Society for the Suppression of Vice.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Two hundred guests are expected at the annual meeting of Illinois Presbyterians in Broadway Church Oct. 18.

1929 -- 75 years ago
C.J. Larkin was re-elected president of the Rock Island Public Library board.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The mushrooms that sprout in the spring are popping up out of season in the yard of Harry G. Meilahn, four miles south of Milan on Route 67. Mr. Meilahn discovered a sponge mushroom under an apple tree.

1979 -- 25 years ago
International Harvester scored a partial victory over Deere And Co. in a two-pronged patent dispute between the two farm implement giants. U.S. District Judge Robert D. Morgan ruled in Peoria that the latest IH corn head design does not infringe on a 1971 Deere patent and ordered Deere to pay the cost of the suit.

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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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