Day in history for January 3, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The great project of lighting Rock Island with gas has been completed, and the celebration of the event came off at the Island City Hotel the night of New Year's Day. The spacious parlors were thronged with the beauty and chivalry of this and surrounding towns.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Emma Abbott is playing in ''Romeo and Juliet'' at Harper's Theater. Last night she came before the curtain to thank her friends in the Tri-Cities who started her on the road to fame as an actress.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Russians are at the end of their resources in their war with Japan. Russia has surrendered Port Arthur, it is reported.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Royal Neighbors of America have chosen a site west of Davenport on which to build a home for the aged.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Authorities are investigating a possible arson attempt at Lincoln School, 7th Ave. and 22nd St., Rock Island. The alleged arson attempt occurred while firemen already were at the school following a false alarm caused by a drop in water pressure in the school's automatic sprinkler system.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A new platform aerial fire truck will be delivered to the Silvis Fire Department in about 16 months following approval of the purchase by the city council.

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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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