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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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