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: 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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