Day in history for January 25, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
For the first time in many years the river is frozen over opposite Alton and St. Louis.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A petition is being circulated in Davenport for appointment of George L. Davenport as Indian agent by the president. Mr. Davenport, who was born in Rock Island in 1817, can speak several Indian dialects.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A Rock Island YMCA basketball team defeated the Moline Y Five, 26-10.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Residents of Milan planned an appeal for federal emergency aid as an ice gorge in Mill Creek threatened to bring another disastrous flood.

1954 -- 50 years ago
News that one of only two copies of the treaty with members of the Sac and Fox Indian nation, by which six million acres of eastern Iowa land were opened for settlement in 1832 had been discovered, and shortly would be returned to Iowa and eventually would find a permanent home in Davenport, makes exciting reading for all those who have even the most fragmentary knowledge of the history of this part of the country.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A 5-year-old girl was swamped in a snowdrift near Bowlesburg School last week, Ald. Jim Sens told the Silvis City Council, when he asked if pathways for school children could be cleared. Sens said the girl's mother went to meet her at the bus, didn't find her there and went home. A short time later, a man carrying the hysterical child came to the door. The girl had fallen into a snowdrift and her rescuer heard her cries as he was driving by.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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