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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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