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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