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 ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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