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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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