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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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