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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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