Day in history for January 28, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Illinois Agriculture Society has voted to hold the 1854 state fair in whatever city will pay $3,000 to get the fair.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Conductors and brakemen of the Rock Island Lines henceforth will be paid by the mile. Their wages have been $45 to $70 a month.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island will be favored with three boats a week of the Diamond Jo Line during the coming season. It is the opinion of river men that steamboats will have all the passengers they can handle when the World's Fair in St. Louis opens.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Police acted to stop card games and gambling devices in cigar stores, soft-drink bars and billiard rooms.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A Des Moines-Chicago United Air Lines plane made an unscheduled stop at Quad City Airport after trouble developed in its port motor and it had to be cut out. The pilot, using the power in the remaining engine, made a perfect landing.

1979 -- 25 years ago
United by shared services and a common border along Illinois 84, Colona and Green Rock voters went to the polls in April 1968 to decide whether to join into one community. Henry County officials finally agreed to put the measure on the ballot on Jan. 29, 1968, 11 years ago this week. Colona voters rejected it by an 82-vote margin. Green Rock voters were in favor by 45 votes. Residents and officials still speculate whether another attempt will be made to merge the two towns.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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