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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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