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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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