Day in history for April 29, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Be sure to read the advertisement in these columns for Herring's Champion Fire Proof Sales.

1883 -- 125 years ago
Assessors of the different townships were qualified today by County Clerk Donaldson and held a meeting at the courthouse to decide the rate of assessment.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The weather bulletin for the week ending today shows that the average temperature was 11 degrees higher than for the same period last year.

1933 -- 75 years ago
Denton Hodges and Alvin Householder, seniors, were honored with membership yesterday in the National Athletic Scholarship Society of Secondary School. Jack Brown and Hugo Birkhahn previously recieved the honor.

1958 -- 50 years ago
The Mississippi River today still held the body of a 10-year-old Rock Island boy who was drowned shortly before 5 yesterday afternoon when he lost his footing as he was returning a snapping turtle to the river.

1983 -- 25 years ago
A chicken wing-eating contest will be held at 1 p.m. May 7 in the Coal Valley Lions Club shelter to benefit Winning Wheels, a center in Prophetstown for wheelchair users. Contestents are to seek pledges for each chicken wing they think they can eat within 15 minutes. There will be 1,200 chicken wings at the contest, prepared by Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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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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