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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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