Day in history for July 20, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A strong force is now at work placing the great crib in the river for the draw to rest upon. Few people have any idea of the magnitude of the pile till they go and see it.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A party of 42 glass blowers and their families picnicked at the Watch Tower. On the return trip, the neck chain on the horse broke, the big wagon went into a ditch and Sam Schields was badly injured.

1905 -- 100 years ago
In accordance with action taken in Springfield, the Republicans planned to convene at Bushnell Aug. 24 and nominate a candidate for Congress.

1930 -- 75 years ago
The British government declined an invitation by the French government to meet in France and discuss the advantages of an European Federation of Nations.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Doors of the Sturtevant Dairy trucks were broken open and ice cream and milk were stolen from the vehicles in the company parking lot at 15th St. and 5th Ave., Rock Island.

1980 -- 25 years ago
David C. Smith is an enterprising young man. Bankrolled by his father and another photographer, the 14-year-old youth recently opened a professional darkroom, Quad-City Custom Photo Lab, in the garage of his Davenport home.

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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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