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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