Day in history for April 17, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
William Cowin, a drayman, was fined $5 and costs in Mayor's court for violating an ordinance in relation to drays, by overcharging.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The License ticket won over the ``Blue Ribbons'' in Hampton's township election. Trustees elected were Samuel Haegy, Fred Chick, D. Oltman, James Hermes, H.O. Norton, Henry Hardy and Ed O'Neal. Albert Wells was elected village clerk.

1903 -- 100 years ago
At the city council meeting Alderman George W. McCaskrin filed a claim of election asserting he had been legally chosen as mayor of Rock Island. The council referred his statement to the committee on claims with instructions to report at some future meeting.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island County Republican central committee elected Atty. J.J. Neiger, Rock Island, as chairman. The county Democratic central committee re-elected Henry C. Hinrichs, Rock Island, as chairman.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Construction of the first unit of a large Deere And Co. development, which eventually will cost several million dollars and occupy the company's entire 25-acre tract at the southwest corner of 34th Street and River Drive, Moline, will begin next month.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Brad Miller of Moline got an enticing offer, one that was hard for him to turn down. He was invited to join the Marine Corps at a beginning salary of $397 a month. The trouble is Brad is only 11.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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