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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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