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 rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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