Day in history for June 16, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The War Eagle made the trip from St. Paul to Rock Island in 29 1/2 hours, including four landings. While Capt. Scribe Harris commands the War Eagle, it can't be beat for speed. Celebrating the fast trip, his cannons aroused Rock Island and Davenport people early Saturday morning.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Rodman Rifles will parade in Muscatine on the Fourth of July. The Rodman Rifles glee club and the Moline guards will help Morrison celebrate that day.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Retail Merchants Association charges that Davenport and Moline stores violated an agreement when they remained open on the morning of Memorial Day.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Tri-Cities are hosts to 20,000 prophets at an international convention of the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets, a Masonic order.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Policewoman Geneva Dunderberg nipped in the bud a ''vandalism club,'' which was being formed by a group of Moline boys. The children, ranging in ages from 9 to 11, had to commit acts of vandalism in order to remain members in good standing in the club. The policewoman said many of the children were carrying knives.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Caterpillar Tractor Co. will begin work immediately on a 382,200 square foot addition to its main plant in Mt. Joy. The company plans to complete the addition to its 2.1 million square foot plant by 1981.

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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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