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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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