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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