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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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