Day in history for February 14, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Today is Valentine's Day, once a great day with us. We suppose the younger generation has similar feelings so that all girls will get squeezed today.

1880 -- 125 years ago
At Harper's Theater Maggie Mitchell is playing the leading role in ''Lorie, or the Artist's Dream.''

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. Chester Birch of St. Louis is holding well-attended revival meetings in Milan.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The board of education will grant use of the Rock Island public schools stadium to the community for a July 4th celebration and for observance of the 150th anniversary of a Revolutionary War battle fought here.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island businessmen were urged to make use of police convoys in an attempt to curb a recent wave of burglaries and holdups. Police Chief Claus C. Miller encouraged businessmen to seek police convoys when they withdraw or deposit large sums of money at banks.

1980 -- 25 years ago
As other airlines cut back commuter service between the Quad-Cities and Chicago, Mississippi Valley Airlines is increasing the number of passengers it can shuttle per trip. The airlines announced the purchase of a 50-passenger Fokker F27 aircraft which will begin carrying Chicago commuters in September. A second plane will join the fleet next January.

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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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