Day in history for July 16, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The national government is determined to remove intruders on the island of Rock Island, including the railroad. Contractors have been notified to stop work and remove their property within 15 days.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The strike of saw mill hands for a 10-hour day continue. A settlement soon seems unlikely.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Truman Plantz of Warsaw was elected general counsel of Modern Woodmen of America.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Soviet Russia delivered a three-day ultimatum to China, it has been learned, and war between the two nations seems near. President Chiang Kai-Shek is holding emergency sessions with his advisers.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Thomas J. Meersman, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Meersman of 1915 35th St., Moline, will be ordained as a Catholic priest in Vatican City Sunday after five years of study there. Following his ordination, he will spend another year of study in Rome and then return to the United States. Meersman is the first member of the Sacred Heart parish to be ordained in Rome.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Construction work of a new four-lane bridge on Illinois 84 over the Rock River at Green Rock-Colona will begin next Monday. The beginning of construction marks the end of over 10 years of residents' struggles to replace the 60-year-old structure, the scene of a number of fatal accidents.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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