Day in history for April 22, 2004

1879 -- 125 years ago
Cambridge is now an anti-license town, having voted out saloons.

1904 -- 100 years ago
There are now 1,679 employees at Rock Island Arsenal, the largest number since the Spanish-American War.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Thousands visited the new junior department store of Schulte-United, Inc., as it opened for business at 1712-14 2nd Ave., Rock Island.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A public hearing on a request to expand the Immanuel Lutheran cemetery, 24th Avenue and 24th Street, Rock Island, highlights the agenda for the Rock Island city planning commission tonight. James W. Hawks, city planner, said the public hearing involves a request to expand the cemetery 500 feet south of the present cemetery limits.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Motorists will encounter more dust or mud as they drive along oiled township roads in Henry County this summer. There won't be enough money to pay for resurfacing all those 900 miles of roadway. The rampant escalation of the price of oil to do the job is the main reason. Road oil costs have risen from 13 cents a gallon in 1973 to 47 or 48 cents this year. It costs about $1,600 per mile for oil if two coats are applied. The township last year got $575 per mile in income from motor fuel tax money.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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