Day in history for January 22, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Joshua H. Hatch, Esq., former mayor of Rock Island, has been elected judge at Napa City, Calif.

1879 -- 125 years ago
In both Rock Island and Davenport, clerks are agitating for earlier closing hours. They want retail stores to close at 7 p.m. each day, except Saturday.

1904 -- 100 years ago
William Palmer Quayle, who for 25 years had been engaged in the publishing and advertising business in Rock Island, died at his home, 2930 13th Ave. He formerly was business manager of The Argus and later published the weekly Rock Islander.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Ice-covered streets caused many accidents, including the collision of two city fire engines.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Some 2,000 persons attended the formal opening and dedication of the new $1,185,000 Central Junior High School in Rock Island. An estimated seven to eight hundred heard the Rev. Dan Gold Long deliver the main address in the school's auditorium. He paid tribute to the spirit of Central, the faculty and principal, Mrs. Winifred G. Young.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A group of Quad-Citians bound for Florida until their bus skidded off an Indiana highway into a ditch are scheduled to be back on the road again this morning. The group is planning to attend a week-long Christian conference and retreat in New Smyrna Beach, which is about 20 miles south of Daytona Beach. The accident injured 28 persons, including 17 from Moline and East Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."

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