Day in history for September 9, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
The present mayor and city council are doing a great job for the future of Rock Island by their judicious improvements on the streets. If this work is continued several years, Rock Island will be able to boast of the finest streets of any city in the west.1883 -- 125 years ago:

1908 -- 100 years ago
Allan Doone and Jean Fearnley will appear in ''Molly Bawn'' at the Illinois Theater Sept. 11.1933 -- 75 years ago:

1958 -- 50 years ago
The Argus today named a new Andldquo;television columnist.Andrdquo; She is Mrs. Willard T. Jecks, 2206 46th St., Rock Island, winner of the CBS Television Daytime Televisit Week contest, co-sponsored by WHBF-TV and this newspaper. Mrs. Jecks, a young housewife and mother of two children, will begin her employmentAndrdquo; Saturday when she leaves by airplane for New York City for an 8-day Andldquo;assignmentAndrdquo; at the CBS-TV studios.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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