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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