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: 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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