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: 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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