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: 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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