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: 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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