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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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