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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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