Today in history for Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013


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Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Today is Saturday, Oct. 26th, the 299th day of 2013. There are 66 days left in the year.
1863 — 150 years ago: The weather quite astonishes our oldest inhabitant. The ground is covered with two inches of snow, and the children are jolly as Christmas with their little sleds.
1888 — 125 years ago: Dr. A.H. McCandless was elected president of the young people's association of Broadway Presbyterian Church.
1913 — 100 years ago: The coliseum at the corner of 4th St. between 7th and Myrtle streets in Davenport was destroyed by fire. The loss is estimated at $40,000.
1938 — 75 years ago: Paving of 38th and 11th avenues out of the city's share of state gas taxes was approved last night by the City Council.
1963 — 50 years ago: Plans have been formulated for the 100th anniversary celebration of the First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo, next weekend. The celebration will be opened with a banquet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening. Following the meal, Howard Moburg will read a review of the church's history in an original narrative written by Miss Elsie Hamilton.
1988 — 25 years ago: Quad-Cities police and health officials are hoping for a safe Halloween this year because of the "Beast Buster". Trick-or-treaters will be wearing glow in the dark light sticks pinned to their costumes to make themselves more visible to motorists.
















 



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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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