Day in history for January 28, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
A syndicate of Rock Island men seeks a charter from the Illinois Legislature for a plank road and bridges between Moline and Rock Island.

1880 -- 125 years ago
James Copp, who was born here in 1845, died. He became a young captain in the Civil War and after the war entered the livery stable business in Rock Island.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Enoch Stone, 32, was killed when a large rock, loosened by a blast, fell on him in the Sherrard coal mine.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Sarah Ann Walker, 104, Rock Island, is mourning the death of her son, John, 81.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Moline's graveyard for abandoned and unclaimed bicycles, a dingy basement room in city hall, is never empty. Bicycle thefts are growing more and more numerous in Moline. From Jan. 1, 1954, until Jan. 15 of this year, 138 bicycles were reported stolen. During that same period, 42 bikes were found abandoned.

1980 -- 25 years ago
The Illinois cities of Kewanee and Pittsfield have a beef about pork, each claiming to be king of the hogs. Neither will budge and a feud has kept the issue hog wild for at least 10 years. ''There is a great rivalry between the two cities,'' said Don Wilken, president of the Illinois Pork Producers Association.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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