Day in history for December 26, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Christmas, coming on Sunday, was appropriately observed by church services. Such observance is more fitting than the balls, dances, horse races and drunken revels usually seen on Christmas. Except for the firing of firecrackers and shouting by boys on Christmas eve, our city was very quiet.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Lewis Wilson brought in a lot of fine turkeys yesterday for John Warner, who presented each of his street-car horse drivers with a Christmas fowl.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Illinois University, with 3,661 students, is the sixth largest college in the nation.

1928 -- 75 years ago
T.L. Zauskey of Rock Island, using a sewing machine, has embroidered over 3,000 initials on 1,068 handkerchiefs in four days. His feat is regarded by his friends as a world record.

1953 -- 50 years ago
John H. Schlueter, Davenport, enjoys sitting beside the Christmas tree in his home reading the Christmas sermon in a 377-year-old book. Schlueter found the old book in a barn near Maquoketa and regards the old German volume of the sermon as one of his most valuable possessions.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A thank you note was all that covered a bed at the Regal 8 Motel on Airport Road when employees came to clean up the room. The black and gold bedspread was missing. An employee said a young woman and an unknown man signed into the motel Christmas night and left before daylight.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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