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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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