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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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