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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