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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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