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 Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.






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