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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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