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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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