Day in history for July 24, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
An Irishman was assaulted and robbed of his watch and two dollars, all he possessed, while on his way from Moline to Hampton.

1880 -- 125 years ago
On the levee are 8 blacksmith forges for the use of cavalry at Fort Abraham Lincoln and waiting shipment by the Keokuk Northern Line. These forges were constructed at the Rock Island Arsenal.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The ladies of the Bethany Home Sewing Circle will meet tomorrow afternoon with Mrs. Lewis Cool, 1025 15th St., Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Huge clouds of smoke emerging from an electric motor which burned out in the basement of the Dispatch plant in Moline led bystanders to believe a fire was raging in the basement.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Two Kewanee men, Seward Morey and Kennard G. Pettitt, are hospitalized as the result of injuries received in a spectacular airplane crash about a half-mile south of the old Kewanee Airport on Routes 78 and 34.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Rebecca L. Cady, Coal Valley, has received $10,000 from John Deere Harvester Works for suggesting that daily manual updating of parts requirements in several manufacturing operations be replaced by a computer-assisted data card system.

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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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