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: 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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