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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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