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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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