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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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