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: 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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