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: 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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