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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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