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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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