Day in history for April 16, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Directors elected for the Warsaw And Rockford railroad to include Sumner S. Phelps, Oquawka; Lemuel Andrews, Rock Island and Nathaniel Belcher, Port Byron.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Carse And Ohlweiler have made some improvements at their bottling establishment. The reputation of their bottled cider and champagne is fast extending.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The annual convention of the Rock Island County Sunday School Association will be held in Reynolds April 26-27. There are 92 Sunday schools in the association.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Contracts for the Rock Island Public Schools stadium were awarded by the board of education. Greenleaf Construction Company received the general contract. Cost of the stadium will exceed $125,000.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Little Rodney D. Brodie, survivor of a history-making Siamese twin operation, is making his first steps by himself. Doctors wanted him to learn to walk and to coordinate better before attempting to build him a skull. At birth Rodney was joined at the top of his skull to his Siamese twin, Roger. On Dec. 17, 1952, delicate surgery separated them. Roger died 34 days later.

1979 -- 25 years ago
About 200 people visited Niabi Zoo Monday as what has been called a ''make or break'' season for the troubled facility got under way. The county is considering cutting the zoo's size or closing the facility if revenues do not increase.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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