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: 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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