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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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