Day in history for February 9, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Argus objects to the abuse being meted out to Joseph Knox, William Frizzell, Lewis M. Webber and Lemuel Andrews because they went to the Legislature to ask for a ferry franchise.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A Republican convention nominated R.A. Donaldson for county clerk. For president, the delegates uniformly favored Blaine, 49; Grant, 24; Washburne, 24; Sherman, 8; no choice, 3.

1905 -- 100 years ago
A group which met in the office of W.C. Maucker adopted a resolution against granting a permit to any new street car company to cross Rock Island Arsenal and Rock Island bridges.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Carbon monoxide fumes from his automobile in the garage caused the death of George C. Murdoch, 68, head of a paint and wallpaper business in Davenport.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Davenport Mayor Walt Beuse claims he has had some odd requests during his tenure as city head, but a request by Garry Moore, moderator for the ''I've Got a Secret'' television show, for 20 Mississippi mud pies, ''takes the cake.''

1980 -- 25 years ago
A hardware store and warehouse were destroyed by fire Saturday, and power was temporarily cut off to more than half the Kewanee residents. The fire began in the Farm and Home Store shortly after 2 p.m.

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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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