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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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