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: 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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