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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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