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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