Day in history for May 13, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A Peoria newspaper announced the discovery of a vein of blacksmith's coal near the city.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The play, ''The Celebrated Case'' appeared at the Harper Theater.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Albert Charles Dart, a resident here for nearly 50 years, died. He was president of Henry Dart's Sons Co.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Curt Chelstrom, freshman from Chicago, pitched a no-hit, no-run game for Augustana against Western State Teachers College of Macomb on the Augie diamond.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Charles Deere Wiman, 63, president of Deere And Co. and a great-grandson of John Deere, founder of the extensive farm implement manufacturing concern, died last night in Tucson, Ariz., after an extended illness. Mr. Wiman went to Tucson several months ago in an effort to regain his health.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Thieves stole $2,000 worth of plumber tools over the weekend from an East Moline construction site. Gerald W. Van De Woestyne, Geneseo, told East Moline police that thieves broke a lock on his toolbox kept over the weekend at the Deerfield Woods apartment complex.

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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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