Day in history for August 27, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Capt. J.L. Folsom, one of the first settlers of San Francisco, died. He was a native of New Hampshire and a graduate of West Point. All nearby troops were in attendance at the funeral.

1880 -- 125 years ago
J.H. Chatterton, one of the publishers of the Seneca Record, was a luncheon speaker in Rock Island.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Saloon keepers were formally notified to close at midnight in accordance with the terms of an ordinance adopted by the city council.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Two bandits held up Walter E. VonKorff, Davenport jeweler, as he was closing his shop for the night and escaped with diamonds valued at $5,000.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The exceptional dry weather this summer, combined with a new pastime by youngsters, is causing serious damage in Lincoln and Long View Parks. Enterprising youngsters have taken cardboard ''sleds'' to the parks without considering untold damage such activity causes to the terrace grass.

1980 -- 25 years ago
It's still a long way from the top of the charts, but the limited edition of 1,000 records of the ''Quad-Cities U.S.A.'' theme song recently marketed has sold out, say promoters who are ordering 2,500 more.

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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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