Day in history for September 16, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The county board adopted an order directing the sheriff to dig a well in the courthouse yard.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Jared S. Sexton of Hillsdale was a caller in the city today, accompanied by his daughter, Miss Mary A. Sexton.

1904 -- 100 years ago
John Furlong, employed by the Hammond Packing Company, received a severe laceration on his left forearm while unloading a car of meat.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Ten thousand people attended the first Tri-City Knights of Columbus barbecue in Blaser's grove, near Milan.

1954 -- 50 years ago
As part of the largest mass inoculation in the United States this year, which is aimed at halting the spread of polio, is set this Sunday in Rock Island for 10,000 children. Estimates on the number to receive the gamma globulin serum were boosted from 5,000 to 10,000 by the state public health office when it was explained that preschool children as well as those through the fifth grade will be included in the inoculation program.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A fire of undetermined origin extensively damaged an office and classroom building on Rock Island Arsenal early Sunday morning. Dr. Lynn Bryant, director of the Army Management Engineering Training Activity (AMETA) program, whose facilities were housed in Building 90, said the basement is gone and the other three floors suffered heat and smoke damage.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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