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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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