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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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