Day in history for January 16, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Work is progressing on the bridge across the Mississippi here. Coffer dams are being built between the Rock Island shore and the island. Soon the piers will begin to take shape.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Due to the hard times, another of Rock Island's best retail business firms, Kelly And Reticker, has gone under.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Prizes worth $300 were awarded to 25 boys who submitted the best ears of corn in a contest conducted by the Rock Island County Farmers Institute at Port Byron.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Mayor Chester Thompson announced that he would be a candidate to succeed himself.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An article by Bob Hanson, son of Earl H. Hanson, Rock Island superintendent of schools, appeared in a recent issue of Lab Life, a quarterly magazine published for the employees of the California Research Corporation, which is a subsidiary of Standard Oil Company of California.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Although the snow seems light as a feather, several area roofs collapsed under the weekend's record-breaking storm. No injuries were reported, although the cost of cleanup and damage may run into the thousands of dollars. A 6,300 square-foot section of Moline Accessories Co. roof at 5447 3rd Ave., Moline, collapsed Saturday night. The roof covered manufacturing equipment for elevator accessories. The company is a subsidiary of Montgomery Elevator Co. On Monday, 28 inches of snow had accumulated, with more on the way.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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