Day in history for December 22, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The city council offers $50 and Judge Spencer $10 in rewards for apprehension of the villain who assaulted and injured Mr. Zabriskie, pilot of the ferry.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Taylor House had so many guests today that all could not be accommodated at the first table. In three days, 250 have registered. Nearly all farmers who come to Rock Island stop at the Taylor House.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Two Rock Island Arsenal shops are shut down because high water has put power-making machinery out of action.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Iowa University players swamped the Marquette University basketball team, 38 to 15, as Moline dedicated its $175,000 Wharton Field House.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A Chicago friend of Augustana College has placed a collection of oriental rugs valued at $50,000 on loan with the understanding that they gradually may become the property of the college. These rugs are being placed in the Denkmann Memorial Library, the art studio, the Woman's building and in other places on the campus.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A thief put a crimp in Jesse Magee's plans for Christmas Thursday night. Magee, of 1352 18th St., East Moline, told police officers he placed a gift-wrapped jewelry box containing a diamond ring on a boat in his garage. He then went into the house to get other packages, but found the box and ring gone when he returned to the garage minutes later.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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