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: 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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