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 corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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