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: 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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