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: 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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