Day in history for March 3, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The Davenport Artillery Company has offered its services to the government as volunteers in the Utah war, and their offer has been accepted.

1883 -- 125 years ago
M.M. Gorbett is the only Democratic aspirant to the position of city attorney, but it seems highly probable that he will succeed Capt. Parks in that job.

1908 -- 100 years ago
An attack on the local option petition will be made by the anti-Prohibition Society on the grounds that such restriction would be illegal.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Contestants from Rock Island High School that will enter the interscholastic forensic contest to be held April 7 and 8 at Augustana College, have been chosen. They are Edythe Arshack, Eugene Beattie, Arno Denecke, Peter Denger, Sydney Deutsch, Grace Findlay, Reola Gibbs, Peggy Huthmaker and Margaret Strang.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Morrissey of Route 2, Erie, are the parents of a daughter. Betty Jean, born yesterday at Hammond-Henry District Hospital in Geneseo. Mr. and Mrs. Morrissey are the parents of six sons and nine daughters. They have one set of triplets.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Alleman's Don Morris this morning announced his retirement as basketball coach after 33 years as head varsity coach at the school. He will stay on as the school's athletic director.

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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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