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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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