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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