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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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