Day in history for January 27, 2008

1858 -- 150 years ago
Johnson's flour and feed is now being delivered free of charge to any part of Rock Island. All you have to do is leave your order at his store on Illinois St.

1883 -- 125 years ago
The importance of the Market Square fountain was never before so greatly appreciated, now that it is frozen.

1908 -- 100 years ago
Definite action has been taken by the City Council on the annexation matter, and South Rock Island people are convinced that the city is sincere in its position.

1933 -- 75 years ago
An offer to present a three-act play at the South Park Presbyterian Church has been accepted by the Playcrafters. The play will be presented in the early spring.

1958 -- 50 years ago
W. Scott Gippert of Rock Island, chief of auxiliary police under Rock Island's Civil Defense program, was named resident planner for the Survival Plan Project of the State of Illinois.

1983 -- 25 years ago
Alcoa remains the aluminum industry's most profitable firm going into a year that will be highlighted by a recovering economy and labor negotiations. Alcoa had net profits of only $10.8 million in 1982 down from $296.2 million in 1981. All three of its major competitors lost money in 1982. Alcoa lost $33.7 million in the last quarter, reversing last year's gain of $32.3 million.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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