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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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