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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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