Day in history for December 23, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
When wages were reduced from $1.25 to $1 a day the men working on the building of the Illinois Central Railway rioted. One of the contractors, Mr. Story, was killed.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Ira Weatherhead, who came from Vermont to Hampton Township in 1837 and who had farmed the same land during 41 years since, died today.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Standard Club, composed of Tri-City Jewish people, opened its new home with a housewarming. The social club is housed in the Joseph Rosenfield homestead, 3rd Ave. and 10th St., Rock Island.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A Santa Claus party for 100 children was sponsored by the Rock Island Visiting Nurses Association.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A 30-foot Christmas tree was erected at the intersection of North Prospect and Exchange streets in Cambridge and appropriately lighted. The tree is a gift to the village from Attorney and Mrs. Carl Melin and gives the business center of the village a festive appearance.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Tina Markus, Moline, an 8-year-old 2nd-grader at Butterworth School, received a $20 check from Duke Woods, special services director of The Daily Dispatch, for winning the Daily Dispatch Christmas Coloring Contest. Second and third places winners, receiving $15 and $10, were Kyle Woitel, 7, Geneseo, a 2nd grader at St. Malachy School, and Tasha Strother, 5, Moline, a Hamilton School kindergartner.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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