Day in history for October 24, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Argus was invited by Mr. C.B. Knox, undertaker, to visit a house in the eastern part of Rock Island and witness the perfect preservation of the body of a man who died about 10 days ago. The body was frozen perfectly solid by an apparatus prepared by order of Mr. Knox for that purpose.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. Irving A. Searles, pastor of the Christian Church, preached a sermon in a series on Bunyan's ''Pilgrim's Progress.''

1905 -- 100 years ago
The pupils of St. Joseph's School tendered a reception to the new pastor, the Rev. J.J. Quinn.

1930 -- 75 years ago
John R. Spencer, Rock Island County farm advisor, returned from a conference at Peoria with a proposed schedule of activities in cooperation with the extension department of the University of Illinois for the coming year.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The 10th annual Fall Festival is scheduled to open at the Rock Island Armory Wednesday. Seventy businesses and industrial exhibitors have been signed.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Carol Doyle's sale of more than $3 million in residential real estate in 1980 has set an all-time record for the Rock Island County Board of Realtors. Doyle is a salesman for Frank Mahar Realtors.

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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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