Day in history for January 26, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A group of ladies held a meeting and resolved not to use brandy in mince pies in the future.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The late Charles Gray of Port Byron must have belonged to a prolific family. Forty brothers and sisters have put in a claim for the $6,000 he left.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Petitions are in circulation for a Rock Island vote on placing the city's police and fire departments under civil service. A law passed by the last Illinois legislature makes the action possible.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Mayor Thompson invited officials of the Tri-City Railway Co. to a conference to discuss a compromise on proposed bus lines, which would replace street-car routes.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A repentant thief startled Rock Island police Friday afternoon. He or she mailed police $81 in cash, which was taken from a purse Monday afternoon at McCabe's Store. Police chief Claus C. Miller said the money was accompanied by a note specifying where the money was stolen. There was no explanation for the thief's sudden change of heart.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Quincy High School basketball players and cheerleaders will attend classes Friday with the team they'll face on the court that night. Thirty-three Quincy students will go to class with their rivals at Moline High School. 'It's an excellent opportunity for sportsmanship,'' Moline cheerleading coach Kim McCarter said. Quincy will play a make-up game with Alleman Thursday night, then face Moline Friday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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