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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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