Day in history for December 24, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island County commissioners offer $10 to the person who submits the best plans and specifications for a jail and sheriff's house. The board issued $100,000 in bonds as payment for the county's stock in the Warsaw and Rock Island Railroad.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Buford Plow Company gave each of its workmen a can of oysters as a Christmas remembrance today.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Jacob Goldflam, a Rock Island tailor, laid claim to the $5,000,000 estate left by his uncle.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Elizabeth Barbara Schrader, 83, who came to Rock Island in 1848, died in her home in Moline.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Dr. and Mrs. Cecil W. Creel, Reno, Nevada, enroute from Washington, D.C., boarded a plane at Quad-City Airport for California. Dr. Creel is a noted agriculturist who is advising the U.S. government on a farm production program for Israel. Mrs. Creel is the former Miss Millie Mally, daughter of Mrs. Vera J. Mally, 716 20th Ave., Moline, and former secretary to former Mayor A. Henry Arp.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Ground beef prices will jump 40 to 50 cents per pound next year, up from the average $1.20 per pound in 1978, the American Meat Institute has predicted. Steak prices also will go up, the AMI says, but not as drastically as hamburger. Consumers could slow the price increase by switching to pork and chicken, though, a meat industry leader says.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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