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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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