Day in history for December 19, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Bowen is making great preparations for the holidays. His store is filled with curious things for the little ones and attracts a great deal of attention.

1879 -- 125 years ago
M.W. Tobin, agent of the Emma Abbott Opera Company, was in the city today and arranged for the appearance of the company at Harper's Theater, Jan. 1.

1904 -- 100 years ago
S.J. Ferguson was elected high priest of Rock Island Chapter of Royal Arch Masons.

1929 -- 75 years ago
A Washington order gives the U.S. Army engineers additional office space in the Rock Island post office.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Prophetstown, leading all the way and by as much as 33 points at one time, defeated Geneseo, 76 to 63, Saturday night in the dedication game played in the newly constructed Geneseo Junior High School gym.

1979 -- 25 years ago
At 11:39 a.m. Tuesday, Nicholas Latko became the first baby to enter the world in the new ''birthing room'' at Illini Hospital in Silvis. ''It's a very nice way of bringing a child into the world,'' said Nicholas' father, Ron Latko of 3026 10th St., East Moline. Birthing rooms are designed to let mothers experience labor, deliver their babies and recover, all in the same home-like atmosphere.

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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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