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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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