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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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