Day in history for February 19, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A number of Davenport sportsmen are desirous of testing the skill of their Rock Island friends in the use of firearms. They say they will shoot at any distance, from 30 yards to 400. The wager would be $50.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Pneumonia has reaped a large harvest in Rock Island since last fall and the end evidently has not yet arrived.

1908 -- 100 years ago
This morning we found placards on trees and other vantage points about Rock Island bearing the heading, ' What have the saloons done for you?' Evidently an active campaign has been started by the prohibitionists.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Fort Armstrong Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will sponsor an essay contest for the seventh and eight grade pupils in all the one-room schools in Rock Island County. Essays will be entitled 'The History of Our School.' Mrs. Grace R. Sweeney will be in charge.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Unemployment compensation payments to men and women in Rock Island County increased in January to $192,019, compared with $129,715 in December.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Moline annexed more than land over the last two years, it annexed people. 181 of them. And those new Moline residents add up to additional motor fuel tax dollars. Each new resident is worth an additional $12 in MFT.

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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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