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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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