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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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