Day in history for February 9, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The following Rock Island market quotations were listed: Butter, from 12.5 to 15 cents; eggs, from 12.5 to 15 cents; hay, from $5 to $6 per ton, and wood, $2.50 a cord.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Col. Babcock, chairman of the state Republican committee, was a guest of Maj. Beardsley today.

1903 -- 100 years ago
``Just Struck Town,'' a comedy drama, was the attraction last night at the Illinois Theater.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Mayor Chester C. Thompson will place the cornerstone of the new Edison School, 9th Street and 42nd Avenue, Rock Island, at 2 p.m. tomorrow. J.F. Witter, president of the board of education, will be in charge of ceremonies.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Plans for the largest supermarket in its chain, to be located on the northwest corner of 41st Street and 23rd Avenue, south of Moline, were announced by Eagle Super Markets, Inc. Purchase of the land, 160,000 square feet on the corner of the King apple orchard, and cost of construction will take more than a quarter of a million dollars.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Shock waves from the Quad-Cities area meatcutters strike could spread as far as the East coast. The Eagle warehouse in Milan is the supply depot for Eagle outlets in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland. About 160 Eagle truck drivers didn't show up for work at the warehouse after their union voted to strike in sympathy with striking Eagle meatcutters.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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