Day in history for January 27, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
There is a bill before the Illinois legislature to incorporate the town of Moline.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Lewis Wilson of Rural Township reports that the roads are in terrible condition for teams.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Marxists, in a secret proclamation in Russia, are demanding death to the czar.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Fred W. Calkins, 28, an insurance man and football star, died.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Milton P. Miller, 57, known as the flying peddler, who died in Skaneateles, N.Y., Monday, first learned to fly at the former Wallace School of Flying in Davenport in 1923. Miller also obtained his first plane, a Curtis Jenny, in Davenport. He was one of the first salesmen to use an airplane to cover his territory. An advocate of airfields in the early days of aviation, he was chief instructor of naval aviation cadets at Loras College, Dubuque, during World War II.

1980 -- 25 years ago
President Carter today asked Congress to approve $13.735 million for eight Quad-City area water projects, but Moline and Davenport were left high and dry for the second year in a row. The Corps of Engineers had sought $600,000 to begin work in July of 1981 on a $25.8 million, 3.8-mile series of levees and floodwalls to protect Moline's riverfront.

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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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