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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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