Day in history for July 16, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The new crossing between Guyer and Nordell's blocks is a pattern worth following. It is the only good crossing in the city.

1882 -- 125 years ago
There are three cases of tetanus in the city at the present time, all resulting from the explosion of toy pistols on the Fourth of July. Two of the cases are expected to prove fatal.

1907 -- 100 years ago
The parade of the Ringling Brothers Circus yesterday was about the finest thing ever seen in this city in the way of a circus. There were 600 horses and 1,286 persons in the column.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Thomas J. Jordan, formerly curate at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Rock Island, has been named chancellor of the Peoria Diocese. In February, 1931, Father Jordan was promoted to the Directorship of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in the Diocese.

1957 -- 50 years ago
The Davenport Levee Commission approved the construction of a 330-foot loading ramp for small boats in the Credit Island harbor. The program is scheduled to begin this month as soon as the river recedes and cost estimates are secured.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County's new jail may not be built next to the county courthouse after all. Some building commission members think the asking price for nearby property is too high.

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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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