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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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