Day in history for August 4, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Rev. J. Clark, of near LeClaire, was struck by lightning and killed instantly. Witnesses said the lightning entered the house through a stovepipe.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Lyman Trumbull, Democratic candidate for governor of Illinois, and other candidates for state posts, held a reception at the Harper House. Prominent Democrats from all over the district were in attendance.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Argus published some reminiscences of the legal profession in Rock Island by William Jackson.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Light showers in the Quad-Cities afforded only slight relief from the burning heat wave which the day before sent the mercury to 103-degrees to break all August records in the 60 year history of the U.S. Weather Bureau.

1955 -- 50 years ago
One of Rock Island's parking meters, missing for 6 months, has been returned. It was found in a yard in Davenport. Davenport police traced its source to Rock Island by the type of meter.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Moline Police Department looked something like a greenhouse after officers confiscated 11 houseplants in an arrest about 2 this morning. The plants were stolen from the front porches of 2 Moline homes.

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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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