Day in history for February 16, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
A half-pound tumor of 10 years standing was removed from Mrs. Cooper's back by Drs. Brackett and Bulkley while she was under the influence of chloroform. Dr. Bulkley handled the knife.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Cambridge Chronical grows jubilant over a new mine east of Cambridge and predicts coal will be shipped from there to remote cities.

1904 -- 100 years ago
A quarrel between two telephone companies has been ended by a ruling of Judge Gest. The Union Electric Telephone Co. is now free to connect with the rural lines at Milan.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Seth Pettit, 91, the oldest man in Cordova, died.

1954 -- 50 years ago
The Mississippi River parkway planning commission wants the Quad-Cities in on the projected ``great river road of mid-America.'' This was indicated today by A.P. Greenfelder of St. Louis, officially the pilot of the 10-state organization. He envisions a 2,300-mile historic, scenic and strategic route from the headwaters of the Mississippi at Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico, 60 percent of which would be existing highways.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Chester J. Kurutz, with a little help from fate, saved his own life after he fell into a five-foot-deep vat of animal fat at Allaert Acres, Carbon Cliff. Kurutz, manager of the rendering works, was checking equipment with his son, Greg, when the accident occurred. Earlier that morning, he told Greg to shut off a steam valve which can bring the fat's temperature up to 220 degrees.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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