Day in history for January 22, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The public is using the new bridge across Rock River for the first time. Construction soon will be finished.

1901 -- 100 years ago
It was decided that the west end of Rock Island will be improved for use as a manufacturing site.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Henry Schoening, 36, Sherrard, World War hero, was electrocuted when an 11,000-volt charge jumped from a high tension wire and passed through his body.

1951 -- 50 years ago
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Atwood Laundry, which was purchased by C.H. Atwood in January 1900. The laundry had been in operation a few years before it was purchased by Mr. Atwood, who now operates it with his son, Royce. Mr. Atwood, who will be 84 years old his next birthday, is one of the oldest working businessmen in Geneseo, and he still spends most of his time at his place of business. Mr. Atwood served as secretary of the Illinois Laundry Owners Association for 23 years.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Anthony Hamilton was named recipient of the Goodyear Conservation Award during a combined annual meeting of the Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District. Hamilton, who lives south of Coal Valley, practiced zero-till on 200 acres in 1975. His was also the farm to sign for a long-term cost sharing conservation program.

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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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