Day in history for December 9, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A new locomotive for the Peoria And Oquawka railroad is waiting for a barge at Rock Island and will be taken downstream as soon as a steamboat can be found to take it in tow.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Dr. H.C. Westward will deliver his lecture, ''The Model Husband,'' in Central Presbyterian Church.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Harry Bay, who got his start in baseball on the Rock Island professional team of 1899, is coming here as the leader of Uncle Josh Perkins' band.

1929 -- 75 years ago
William S. Vare of Pennsylvania was barred from taking his seat in the United States Senate. Charging that he spent excessively to win the nomination and that there were frauds in the voting, the senate decided, 58 to 22, to oust Vare.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Work was started to dismantle the Methodist Church of Cambridge. Wilson Phillis of Woodhull has the contract. The building was sold to Phillis for $1,000 and he is to have the work completed by March 1.

1979 -- 25 years ago
About $150 damage was caused at St. Paul's Lutheran School, 153 19th Ave., Moline, when a fire in a bush near the school caused seven windows to break. Rev. Julius Wille told police two unknown juveniles apparently set the bush on fire while playing with matches.

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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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