Day in history for November 22, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Charles H. Spencer, 18, who drowned while hunting ducks on Rock River near Vandruff's Island, was born in Rock Island when it was a new village. He was universally beloved. The whole city is saddened by his accidental death.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Geneseo Gas Company has received its charter from Springfield. The capital of the corporation is $26,000.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Edward Bradshaw was seriously hurt when he fell from the haymow of the Henning Brewery barn.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Edwin Johnson, formerly of Rock Island, and his wife have scored new triumphs as opera singers in Europe.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Thousands of Quad-Cities kiddies got their first glimpse of the season of Santa's toyland Monday night as the ''Christmas on Wheels'' parade made its way through spectator-lined downtown Rock Island streets. It was the largest and most orderly crowd to witness a parade in recent years. Shopping activity was heavy, too.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A new documentary film on ''Bishop Hill, A Prairie Utopia,'' will have its Quad-Cities premiere showing at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Larson Hall, Augustana College. The film depicts the history of the Bishop Hill Colony, founded by Swedish immigrants to western Illinois in 1846.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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