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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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