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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