Day in history for October 16, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Democrats charge that Billy Lee, the candidate for the legislature chosen by a combination of old-line Whigs and new Republicans, was born in Canada and has never been naturalized. The Democrats also charge that Billy was seen at one of the secret meetings of the Know Nothing party.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Geneseo fire department will celebrate the opening of the town's new waterworks Oct. 28. All neighboring cities have been invited to send their volunteer firemen to take part.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Republicans of Milan have organized a campaign club with J.S. Myers as president. The club will raise a flag at a ceremony at Main and Water streets tomorrow afternoon.

1929 -- 75 years ago
George R. Baker was elected commander of the Rock Island post of the American Legion. Baker was unopposed in the election.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An iron kettle, which played a gruesome part in disposing of the body of Chief Black Hawk, has been added to the collection of historical items at the Black Hawk State Park museum.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Black Hawk College has adopted an official logo, one which represents both the Quad-Cities Campus in Moline and East Campus in Kewanee. The new symbol features a flying hawk superimposed over four colored circles, representing the four winds.

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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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