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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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