Day in history for December 7, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Local markets: Corn, 25 cents a bushel; oats, 18; eggs, 15 cents a dozen; butter, 20 cents; coal, 10 cents a bushel.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Several Rock Island people attended the grand opening of the Geneseo House by Abraham Miller and two sons.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Morris Mulcahy was elected chancellor commander of St. Paul Lodge of Knights of Pythias.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Mary Pickford is playing in ``My Best Girl'' at the Fort. Casey Jones and the Jazz Jesters are on the stage.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The story of the Poston-Hocker murder of last winter, as told by Arthur Shinske, Moline Dispatch reporter, will be aired on ``The Big Story'' at 8:30 o'clock the night of Dec. 17 over WOC radio. Shinske will receive a $500 award and a bronze plaque from the sponsors of the program. In the story the reporter tells of the intensive investigation with the cooperation of readers that finally led to the arrest and conviction of Ernest Beasley.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County Sheriff Jim Shaw believes there are at least a dozen prostitutes working in motels near the Quad-City Airport. And while managers of three of the four motels near the airport, the LaQuinta Inn, Howard Johnson's and Regal 8, agree they have had problems in the past, the situation is now under control, they say.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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