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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