Day in history for October 22, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Whig district convention, held at Berlin (Swedona), nominated Lucius Wells, Esq., of Hampton, for representative in the legislature. He was formerly sheriff of Rock Island County. Some Moline and Cambridge delegates tried to sway the convention to an anti-slavery stand but failed.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Moline is dissatisfied with the decision of the C.B. And Q. railroad to remove its station agent from Moline and to combine the freight depots of three cities under one head.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Prince Hall, a home for orphans and widows to be conducted by the Masonic Grand Lodge of Illinois, is being completed in west Rock Island.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The war department has completed a survey of conditions at Rock Island Arsenal, the purpose of the study being to find additional work for the arsenal. Fewer than a thousand persons are employed there now.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Auction sales of furniture and art works from the estate of the late Katherine Deere Butterworth of Moline have grossed $44,790. A total of 144 catalog lots were sold at the Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A Houston attorney, working for an anonymous client, is quietly gathering information about the Quad-Cities with an eye to starting a fourth television station here.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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