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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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