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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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