Day in history for November 21, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Large blocks of ice were floating in the river today. If the weather continues as cold for a short time longer, the river soon will be closed.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Mitchell And Lynde's new bank building front was scraped this morning preparatory to repainting.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Two horses were injured last night when they ran away with a buggy and were hit by a Long View street car.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Army engineers of the Rock Island District estimated that the Rock Island roller dam, Davenport sea wall and intercepting sewer project were 60 per cent completed when taken as a unit. Installation of the first huge gate of the roller dam is practically finished.

1957 -- 50 years ago
Rock Islanders have more schooling than most people in this country, according to figures obtained from the Department of Health, Welfare and Education. The average person in Rock Island has 10.6 years of schooling while the national average is 9.3 years.

1982 -- 25 years ago
First National notes its 130th Anniversary. In 1852, Cook and Sargent, Exchange and Banking House opened at the corner of 2nd Ave. And 17th St. Cook and Sargent were successful attorneys and land owners. Through changes, it was to become the oldest continually operating bank in the Quad-Cities.

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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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