Day in history for January 17, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
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1879 -- 125 years ago
Six-button gloves are now in style. Some women cavort around in 6-button kid gloves while their husbands substitute a shingle nail for a suspender button.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Moline Turners are looking forward with interest to the annual fair that will be held this year the first week in February. Booths representing all nations will be an attractive feature.

1929 -- 75 years ago
New Governor Louis Emmerson indicated that he will appoint H.H. Cleaveland of Rock Island as Illinois Director of Public Works.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island's newest school, Central Junior High, will be dedicated at an open house. The modernistic $1,185,000 structure replaces the old Central Junior High School, originally Rock Island High School, which was destroyed by fire Dec. 11, 1949. Located in the same general area as the old school, the new Central spans the former 21st Street between 6th and 7th avenues.

1979 -- 25 years ago
On Jan. 20, his 71st birthday, nationally known eagle watcher Elton Fawks of East Moline will see his life-long dream come true. Under his direction, about 3,000 bird watchers will canvass the continental U.S. searching for bald eagles in the first comprehensive eagle count in history. At last, Fawks' 50-year passion will be a nationwide effort.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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