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 female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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