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: 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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