Day in history for February 26, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The bill to authorize another ferry at this point lost in the lower house of the Illinois legislature by one vote. The bill had passed the senate earlier.

1880 -- 125 years ago
''Two Orphans'' is the play at Harper's Theater.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Dr. C.C. Craig has consented to be the Republican Party candidate for mayor.

1930 -- 75 years ago
George C. Perrin, counsel of Modern Woodmen of America, was elected president of the National Fraternal Lawyers Association.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Orville Bryan of Rock Island successfully defended his Quad-City match championship title in checkers for the second time in two weeks Saturday in the clubrooms in Davenport, this time against his second challenger, Derwood Fogle of Colona. Bryan won 12 to 8.

1980 -- 25 years ago
More than 300 engineers, clerical and hourly workers have moved into a new product engineering center for Deere And Co. in Silvis. The 180,000-square-foot building, west of Illinois 5 and 92, is a research and development center for Deere combines. Advanced test laboratories, shop space for building new models and a test track for proving design quality and durability are part of the building design. The center will be operated as part of the John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline.

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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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