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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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