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 told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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