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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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