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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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