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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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