Day in history for August 20, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
A poor woman has lost her small black portemonaie (purse). It was lost coming from the island to the city by way of the bridge. It contained $10.95 and a medal.

1882 -- 125 years ago
About 4,000 people gathered in Union Square to hear Biehl's band present the first open air concert of the season.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Dan Patch was the star attraction at the Davenport race meeting yesterday. The famous horse ran the mile in 1:58.5. The track record was lowered by two seconds.

1932 -- 75 years ago
With one of the battlefronts in the war of Illinois miners against a reduced wage scale moving closer to the Quad-City area, Sheriff Fred R. Schlueter acted promptly to curb any disorders in case the miners decide to march on Rock Island County mines. The nearest they have come to the Quad-City area has been three miles southeast of Coal Valley.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Not many years ago farmers were satisfied to plant their corn two rows at a time. Then came the four row planters and cultivators to match. The big news in modern farming today is the John Deere 694. It is a six row planter and a cultivator which plows the same width swath.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Carbon Cliff residents are now eligible for increased flood insurance benefits on their homes and property.

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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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