Day in history for January 27, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Teams are busily engaged on both sides of the river hauling cakes of ice cut from the river to fill the ice houses. A much better article can be obtained now than towards spring.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The teams crossing between Davenport and Rock Island on the ice average $3 to $4 a day, carrying passengers at 10 cents each. At night the sleigh fare is 25 cents.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Delivery of parts for a new bridge over Rock River at Milan may be expected about March 1, Mayor McConochie said. The city of Rock Island owns and maintains the Rock River toll bridges.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Miss Eulalia Hermann, 16, of Rock Island, won first place in piano auditions conducted by the Tri-City Symphony Orchestra.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Davenport police officers took into custody five ``vagrant'' Mallard ducks after an excited citizen reported the rollicking quintet were splashing about in a gutter in front of 2214 Elm St. The green headed characters were turned over to the humane society.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Two gifts will pay the major share of building costs for a bridge between Moline Public and Lutheran Hospitals. Low bids on various phases of the construction job total slightly more than $537,000. The $250,000 pledged by the John Deere Foundation and the $150,000 pledged by the Moline Foundation means the two hospitals will have to pay only about $137,000 to complete the bridge.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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