Day in history for October 16, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
Democrats charge that Billy Lee, the candidate for the legislature chosen by a combination of old-line Whigs and new Republicans, was born in Canada and has never been naturalized. The Democrats also charge that Billy was seen at one of the secret meetings of the Know Nothing party.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Geneseo fire department will celebrate the opening of the town's new waterworks Oct. 28. All neighboring cities have been invited to send their volunteer firemen to take part.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Republicans of Milan have organized a campaign club with J.S. Myers as president. The club will raise a flag at a ceremony at Main and Water streets tomorrow afternoon.

1929 -- 75 years ago
George R. Baker was elected commander of the Rock Island post of the American Legion. Baker was unopposed in the election.

1954 -- 50 years ago
An iron kettle, which played a gruesome part in disposing of the body of Chief Black Hawk, has been added to the collection of historical items at the Black Hawk State Park museum.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Black Hawk College has adopted an official logo, one which represents both the Quad-Cities Campus in Moline and East Campus in Kewanee. The new symbol features a flying hawk superimposed over four colored circles, representing the four winds.

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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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