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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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