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.

Back: Available days in December 2003



Local events heading








  Today is Saturday, July 26, the 207th day of 2014. There are 158 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






(More History)