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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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