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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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