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: 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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