Day in history for July 22, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Fire destroyed a 2-story brick building on Front Street in Rock Island. It was occupied as a furniture shop and store and as a dwelling by A. Renfro and family. N.B. Buford was the owner of the building.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Reynolds, Salpaugh And Co. of Rock Island is laying 38 miles of railroad near Knoxville, Iowa, and is under contract to build a branch railway out of Omaha.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Shannon have returned to Rock Island after a visit to the St. Louis World's Fair.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Kenneth D. Breisch, 5, was fatally injured by a truck while he was at play.

1954 -- 50 years ago
''Though WOC-TV will be on the air this fall with color television, don't get too excited.'' That was the warning from Ray Guth, program director of WOC-TV, to members of the Moline Exchange Club at their noon luncheon at Glenn Moore's. ''Frankly, color television does not produce a good picture, yet,'' said Guth, who just returned from a week's visit to NBC headquarters in New York.

1979 -- 25 years ago
After less than one year of existence, ''Moline Road'' is on the junkheap. At least the name is. The Rock Island County Board voted to name old Illinois Route 2 ''Rock River Road,'' settling, perhaps, a two-year controversy about what to call the road after the state yanked its numerical designation.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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