Day in history for October 17, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Democrats convened and nominated three men to run in Rock Island County as a board of judges. They are John M. Gould of Moline, George E. Holmes of Port Byron and John Kistler of Illinois City.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Presbyterian Synod of Northern Illinois is convening in Central Presbyterian Church, Rock Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A rummage sale for the benefit of the Union Mission (Bethany Home) is in progress at the Rock Island roller skating rink. First-day receipts were $350.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Royal Neighbors of America today dedicated their $600,000 supreme offices building at 16th Street and 3rd Avenue, Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A damage suit arising out of the death of an Angus cow in a traffic mishap went to a jury of seven women and five men in Rock Island County circuit court. The jurors heard evidence and final arguments in the suit brought by Cecil Whiteside, owner of the cow, against Mart Wilson, Rock Island. Wilson, in a counter claim seeks payment for damage to his car, which was demolished in the collision.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Frank Coyle, Rock Island, got quite a surprise when he answered his door about 12:30 a.m. At the front door, Coyle told police, was a man ``standing on the front steps with his pants pulled down to his knees.'' Coyle chased the man on foot but lost him a short distance away.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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