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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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