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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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