Day in history for May 5, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Argus announced that it was satisfactorily ascertained that ducks entered the water for ''divers'' reasons and came out for ''sun-dry'' reasons.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Joseph F. Davis, one of the oldest settlers of Rock Island County, died in his home in Buffalo Prairie Township at the age of 75.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Mayor George F. McCaskrin met with about 40 saloon keepers to discuss Rock Island saloon regulations.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island High School entered 26 tracksters in the 20th annual Big Nine interscholastic track and field meet at Rock Island Public Schools Stadium.

1955 -- 50 years ago
An impressive pile of fives adds up to a big day for Douglas Clausen of northeast of Aledo. Douglas will be 5 on the fifth day of the fifth month of the 55th year of this century. A party is planned at the home of Douglas' grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Baldwin, where he resides with his mother, Mrs. Mary Jane Clausen.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Gene Drexell of Moline converted his downriver canoe into a garbage scow this weekend so he and about 17 others could clean the banks of the Hennepin Canal between Locks 25 and 26.

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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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