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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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