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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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