Day in history for December 20, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Many feet of sidewalk were laid in different portions of the city over the past week. All others should comply with the city ordinance.

1882 -- 125 years ago
People have wondered why the bell for the First Ward engine house has been rung so often lately. The answer is that there have been a great many birthday anniversaries for the boys to celebrate.

1907 -- 100 years ago
One of the most cheering signs of the times in Rock Island is the revival of industry at the plant of the Rock Island Plow Co. More men are being put to work to satisfy the demand.

1932 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Edward M. Farrell, former assistant rector of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rock Island and now director of the Guiding Angel Orphanage of Peoria, will address the men of Sacred Heart parish at a meeting in the school auditorium tomorrow night.

1957 -- 50 years ago
A forecast of clear skies and mild temperatures for tomorrow promises an end of the 'slush storm' which hit the Quad-Cities area early this morning, leaving 1.09 inches of moisture.

1982 -- 25 years ago
The Irish Rugby Football Club of the Quad Cities elected its officers. They are Earl Strupp, president; Mike Grothusen, vice president; Ron Klafffke, treasurer, and Mike Watkins, match secretary.

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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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