Day in history for January 22, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
A.B. Gayford informs readers of The Argus that he is prepared to take in all kinds of likenesses made by a 'camera obscura.'

1883 -- 125 years ago
The resignation of C.H. Hudson, general manager of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad, is accepted as an indication of the absorption of the railroad by the Rock Island Lines.

1908 -- 100 years ago
The first semester of the school term ends this week in the Rock Island public schools.

1933 -- 75 years ago
A gold key, signifying distinguished service in his profession, which has brought outstanding recognition to Rock Island, was presented to Dr. F.M. Fryxell, professor of geology at Augustana College.

1958 -- 50 years ago
Fast recovery was being made by the Quad-Cities today after sustaining one of the hardest punches from Old Man Winter in 17 years. The snow which fell during the 24-hour period yesterday, set at 8.5 inches, was the heaviest reported by the Quad-City weather bureau since Jan. 25 and 26 in 1941 when 9.6 inches fell in a day's time.

1983 -- 25 years ago
The Col Ballroom in Davenport put on a winter beach party featuring The Ventures, an instrumental rock 'n roll group well-known in the 60s. The Ventures helped set the mood with classic surfing songs like the theme song from 'Hawaii Five-O.'

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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