Day in history for September 14, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Five hundred men are wanted by Messrs Reynolds, Wilber Andamp; Co., to work on the Sterling and Rock Island Railroad. Their headquarters are at Lindon, above Cordova.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
A stage of 2.3 feet was reached by the Mississippi River at Rock Island today, as the level continued to lower.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
Work is scheduled to be started tomorrow on a boat ramp and dock improvement on the Mississippi River at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. A 40-foot concrete ramp and 20-foot floating dock are to be installed. The work will be an improvement of the upstream ramp at the lower picnic area on Highway 92, one of the two ramps now in use at Loud Thunder.1983 -- 25 years ago:

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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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