Day in history for October 9, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Kinney has presented the editor with a half bushel of choice sweet potatoes from his nursery. He has plenty of them for sale. See his advertisement.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A grand ball was given at Hillier's Hall last night under the auspices of the ladies of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Homer Darby left this morning for Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to visit her sister in St. Patrick's Catholic convent.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Yanks take fourth game of series from Cards as Babe gets two and Gehrig one home run apiece.

1953 -- 50 years ago
``E.J.'', the trained grasshopper, has gone to its final resting place, the hoppy hunting grounds. Final rites for the grasshopper, which gained considerable publicity after being adopted as a pet by Mrs. June Link, switchboard operator at the Davenport City Hall, were held at 1 p.m. on the lawn in front of the municipal building.

1978 -- 25 years ago
An Ozark jet carried a Rock Island butterfly on the first leg of its southward migration. Third graders in Marion Lardner's class at Hanson Elementary School raised the monarch from an egg. The butterfly hatched a little later than its counterparts in the wild and the third graders feared it would freeze before it caught up with the other monarchs on the way to Mexico. So Mrs. Lardner decided to ask Ozark Airlines if it could help.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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