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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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