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: 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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