Day in history for July 31, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
We notice that the hands are busy on the new jail building now being erected on the southwest corner of court square in Rock Island.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Justice Hawes, during the month of July, collected and paid into the Rock Island treasury the sum of $108.80.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Albert Burton and three sons, Ingwer, Eyster and Albert, and daughter, Myrtie, left this morning for a vist of several weeks in Chicago.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Phoebe Fairgrave Omlie, southern distributor for the Mono Aircraft Corporation of Moline, and noted pilot Blanche Noyes and several other women entered in the air derby to be held in connection with the National Air Races at Chicago in August will dine with President and Mrs. Herbert Hoover in the White House at Washington tonight.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Oven-like temperatures continued to bear down on the Quad-Cities and added six more victims to their toll during the past 24 hours. Yesterday's toll was three.

1980 -- 25 years ago
A helium balloon lost at Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley last week was found Friday in Veedersburg, Ind. Alfred Ingalfbe found the balloon, just 10 inches in diameter, hanging on a fence at his farm.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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