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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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