Day in history for July 24, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Those who have received the contract for removing tree snags and rocks and for otherwise improving navigation in the Rock Island rapids are going to start work at last. At least, they are advertising for workmen.

1879 -- 125 years ago
W.O. Hall, a Mississippi river pilot for 30 years, died in his home on the outskirts of Davenport.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Meeting at the Rock Island Club, businessmen last night considered forming a stock company to put on an annual fair at the 9th Street grounds.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Spencer Theater will reopen tomorrow equipped to show sound films. The first talkie there will star Al Jolson in ''The Jazz Singer.''

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island's Douglas Park will be the scene of frenzied activity beginning Saturday morning as work is begun in earnest to install 10 90-foot poles, complete with lights, for the statewide Babe Ruth baseball tourney which opens Sunday night. City as well as tournament officials had been sweating out the arrival of the poles after it first was learned delivery would be delayed.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Two fishermen caught a live mortar shell today while angling in the Rock River, then accidentally activated it. The shell didn't explode, though, and a bomb squad was summoned to defuse it. Officials were not immediately able to determine how the shell got in the river.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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