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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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