Day in history for April 22, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Drury was mentioned as ''destined to become an important point in our county.'' Drury citizens were anxious for an ''enterprising individual'' to start a steam flouring mill in the locality.

1880 -- 125 years ago
A schooner from the north passed down this afternoon. She came from Green Bay to Portage Lake by the Fox River and was bound for New Orleans.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The Argus published an historical account of the Hawthorne School. The first school in the First Ward, it was built in the 1850's.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Representatives of the United States, Great Britain, France, Japan, and Italy signed the London naval treaty, which presumably was to limit and reduce the navies of three of the dominant powers, restrict the navies of the other two.

1955 -- 50 years ago
First step in the construciton of the new Scott County courthouse will be taken Monday, with groundbreaking ceremonies scheduled at 9 a.m. William Goettsch, chairman of the board of supervisors, will turn the first shovel of dirt.

1980 -- 25 years ago
More than 4,500 employees of the John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline are ''brown bagging'' their lunch today after a two-day strike by twenty-five lunchroom workers shut down the plant's cafeterias.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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