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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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