Day in history for August 16, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
We are in a dried up state, that is, so much of us as has not oozed away. Ghostlike people are wandering around with pitchers and pails, hunting for wells not dry.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Brakeman John Carrigan of the Western Union Railroad fell under a train at Port Byron. His right leg was terribly crushed.

1904 -- 100 years ago
The mayors of the Tri-Cities, McConochie of Rock Island, Skinner of Moline and Phillips of Davenport, will be the speakers at the Labor Day celebration to be held at Grand Isle Sept. 5.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Mayor Chester Thompson today forbade Communist party meetings on Rock Island streets, but a party organizer said one would be held tomorrow at 2nd Avenue and 18th Street. Red speakers harangue Farmall workers each noon.

1954 -- 50 years ago
John Powers, Jr., of Rock Island, the Quad-City area's entry in Sunday's annual All-American Soap Box Derby at Akron, Ohio, was on his way back home today, without the laurels of a champion but with a host of pleasant memories.

1979 -- 25 years ago
International Harvester enjoyed record-breaking net income and sales during the first nine months of 1979 and the third quarter, which ended July 31. Strong sales of the IH axial-flow combine made at the East Moline plant and the newly introduced ''2 Plus 2'' tractor made at the Rock Island Farmall plant helped build the increase.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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