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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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