Day in history for April 19, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Work of grading and paving the levee was steadily progressing under management of Mr. Carmichael, superintendent. Good progress has been made on the two blocks immediately west of the depot.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Mayor-elect Henry Carse was duly sworn in and presided at a meeting of the new city council the night before delivering an inaugural address.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Press Club met at the Manufacturers Hotel in Moline. Rabbi W.H. Finescriber, Davenport, was elected an honorary member.

1930 -- 75 years ago
City council amended an ordinance requiring local taxi companies to file bond or insurance policies with city clerk for protection of passengers.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The Argus will afford its readers a complete report on the atomic explosion scheduled April 26 near Las Vegas, Nevada. Sam Bjorkman, Argus chief photographer, will be on hand for the latest in the series of nuclear tests.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Polly will be celebrating his 50th birthday tomorrow. Mrs. Dale McKeag, Coal Valley, will be hosting an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at her home in honor of her pet parrot. McKeag has cared for the bird for 20 years, ever since her aunt died in 1960, leaving Polly to her.

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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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