Day in history for January 29, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Five sections of the Rock Island levee have been leased to as many individuals or firms for piling and selling coal. The city council charges rent of $50 a year for a 50-foot frontage on the levee.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Patrick Grogan was sentenced to life in prison and Patrick Ganey to 14 years for the murder of Ben Wittick, a farmer who was driving his team home on the Milan road when he was robbed and killed. The jury deliberated all night.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The play ``Babes in Toyland'' drew a large audience to the Illinois Theater last night.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Patriotic groups are discussing getting up a celebration of the 150th anniversary of a Revolutionary War battle fought on the present site of Rock Island.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Installation of two-way radios in Rock Island Fire Department vehicles is under way. Radio units already have been installed in the fire chief's car and the new 1,000-gallon pumper truck.

1980 -- 25 years ago
An elderly woman in Moline told police she was betrayed by a kiss over the weekend. The 79-year-old woman said another elderly woman approached her and asked if she could kiss her. Later the woman said she discovered her coin purse with $10 was missing from her handbag.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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