Day in history for January 29, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
We recently visited several of the public schools in the first and second wards. We heard classes recite with recitations combining exercises in spelling, reading and attention to what is read in a manner that is novel to us.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Should the weather not be too stormy, the electric light company will begin to remove the troublesome trees on Elm and 20th Streets.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Aldermen voted to accept the new bridge over the Sears Canal, and to have the next bridge raised to a level with the south end of the new structure.

1933 -- 75 years ago
The Argus reported today that Adolf Hitler, leader of the National Socialist Party in Germany, today was appointed chancellor of Germany.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Augustana College will be the recipient of Sky Ridge Observatory of Dr. Carl Gamble, noted amateur astronomer who died Saturday, his family announced today.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Earnings on a common share of Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Company increased 14 percent over the last year from $3.45 in 1981 to $3.95 in 1982, according to a company spokesman. The company's revenues also increased about 14 percent to $475 million with the recovery of higher purchased gas costs accounting for almost half of the increase.

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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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