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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