Day in history for January 25, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The story is going the rounds of newspapers that Congress has authorized the sale of the island of Rock Island. What happened is that Congress merely voted to allow David B. Sears to buy 35 1/2 acres of which he has made valuable improvements.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Taylor House was filled to capacity last night. Travelers had to be turned away.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Socialist rioters in St. Petersburg, Russia, marched on the palace and were shot down without mercy by Cossacks.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Production of Farmall tractors will be increased from 200 to 230 daily. Employment at the plant will rise to 3,700.

1955 -- 50 years ago
The condition of a 14 1/2-month-old East Moline girl was described as ''good'' in St. Anthony's Hospital, Rock Island, after a safety pin she had swallowed was removed from her left lung in a surgical operation last night. The safety pin measured about 1 inch.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Footprints in the snow led to arrests of four people in breaking and entering cases in Moline early today. A pair of Rock Island men hiding in the Plantation Restaurant, 3521 7th St., and two Moline men walking from the Salvation Army Citadel, 520 12th St., were taken into custody.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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