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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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