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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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