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: 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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