Day in history for December 16, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The steamboat Col. Morgan went down river Monday night taking in tow the barge with the locomotive for the Peoria And Oquawka railroad. Just in time, for there has been no boat since. The river is closed by ice now.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A well-known old man in Rock Island set some kind of a record today when he ate 101 buckwheat cakes for breakfast.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Arsonists started the fire, it was believed, which destroyed some of the St. Louis World's Fair attractions, including the Streets of Rome.

1929 -- 75 years ago
The Harlem Globe Trotters basketball team defeated the Rock Island YMCA five, 24-14.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Work has begun on assembling a new $40,000 transmitting antenna for WHBF-TV and actual installation of the 100-foot pole on top of the 410-foot tower in downtown Rock Island is planned within the next two weeks. Total height will be increased from 486 feet to about 500 feet, making the tower the tallest structure in the Quad-Cities.

1979 -- 25 years ago
One of East Moline's oldest churches is leaving the Watertown area and moving northeast, to ''where the growth is going to go.'' Watertown Baptist Church, 2015 2W Ave., opened bids last week for a new $800,000 church to be built at 1817 Hubbard Road in rural East Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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