Day in history for July 31, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Cassius M. Clay preached to a crowd of about 500 in the courthouse yard, advocating freeing of slaves. When a Mr. Griffeth of Baltimore arose to answer Clay, Griffeth almost was shouted down but 200 stayed to hear him for an hour.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Gone to Minnesota to fish: Judge Lynde, Capt. Robinson, Charles M. Osborn, H.B. Sudlow, Joseph Gaskell and Al Bart.

1904 -- 100 years ago
H.V. Burt, who graduated recently from the Northwestern College of Pharmacy, has accepted a position with Hartz And Ullmyer.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. F.C. Denkmann has given the city $15,000, which will supplement a $10,000 gift of her late husband, for a wading pool at Lincoln Park.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A mother 10 times and a grandmother of 25, Mrs. Bertha Murray, 2921 Brady St., Davenport, today is a college graduate following the 22nd annual summer commencement exercise at St. Ambrose College. In receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Marycrest College from the Most Rev. Ralph L. Hayes, bishop of Davenport, Mrs. Murray realized an ambition of many years.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Marlon Perkins, star of television's ''Wild Kingdom,'' will visit the Niabi Zoo Aug. 12 as part of the zoo's Education is Fun program. To mark Perkins' visit, the Niabi Zoological Society will be selling special buttons and sponsoring the Animal Research Report Contest.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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