Day in history for January 26, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
People are now crossing the Mississippi River on the ice for the first time this winter, which has been remarkably mild.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Superintendent Cramer of the city water works has returned from the East, where he looked into the merits of the Holly system of steam heating.

1905 -- 100 years ago
William Jahns, 21, well-known as a basketball player, died today of typhoid pneumonia. He was prominent in Company A, National Guard.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Ruth M. Killian and Paul Purcell, both 12 years old, were killed in Davenport when the sled on which they were coasting collided with an automobile.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Moline Police started an investigation into a teen-age drinking ring today after a 13-year-old pupil arrived at John Deere Junior High School this morning in a drunken condition. The boy and a 15-year-old companion were taken to the police station by Arthur W. Wood, principal of the school.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Ten feeder pigs being raised as a Future Farmers of America project were destroyed early this morning in a fire on a rural Hillsdale farm located 1 1/2 miles north of Illinois 2 and 92. Fire destroyed a barn on the farm at 27315 Route 2 North, occupied by the Russell Miller family.

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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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