Day in history for December 14, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Preparations are being made for a grand Masonic soiree at Smith's Hall Dec. 28. It will be one of the finest affairs ever originated in the place.

1882 -- 125 years ago
Mr. Rooney of this city crossed to Davenport on the ice yesterday, the first crossing of the season. Today the surface of the river has been covered with venturesome people of all ages.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Mildred Holland, the talented American actress, will appear in her latest production, 'A Paradise of Lies,' at the Illinois Theater on Christmas Day.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The 1932 football season of Rock Island produced a net profit of $593.15, according to a report submitted to the Board of Education last night.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A strange light in the sky climaxed by what seemed to be an aerial explosion was reported here Friday night by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mills of West Liberty, Iowa. In Moline, Saturday an astronomer said he felt 'quite certain' they had seen a falling meteor.

1982 -- 25 years ago
One of Moline's best-loved physicians died Nov. 30 after serving this community for 56 years. Each of his thousands of patients has his or her own favorite memory and story about Dr. Paul Phillip Youngberg, who was 87 and retired at the time of his death.

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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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