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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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