Day in history for January 31, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Nobody can remember a snow and blow in this region as severe as the one which isolated Rock Island. For four days communications with neighboring towns and counties have been impossible, owing to huge drifts.

1880 -- 125 years ago
John Wells Hampton, an old settler who fought in the Black Hawk War here in 1831 and 1832, died.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Basketball score: Augustana College 36, Monmouth College 21.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Four charitable-civic organizations have set March dates for their financial campaigns. There will be no Community Chest this year.

1955 -- 50 years ago
A 400-pound safe, stolen from the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 234, 1512 4th Ave., Rock Island, early Friday morning, was found battered open and missing $300 west of Davenport.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Max Allan Collins was 8 years old when he first believed he could do it. Now, he's 31, done it, and can't believe it. What the Muscatine resident has done is turn a childhood fantasy into a lucrative meal ticket. Collins is the man behind the Dick Tracy comic strip, writing the story line for artwork by Dick Fletcher, long-time assistant to Chester Gould, who created the famous crimebuster in 1931 and retired in 1977.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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