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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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