Day in history for November 17, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
First returns in the county election show John M. Gould, Moline Democrat, elected chief county judge by 113 majority over T.J. Robinson, Whig, Rock Island.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Almost the only topic of conversation today is the shooting of Joseph Theviot, 23, of Rock Island on Big Island. First called a hunting accident, then a suicide, his death is now believed to have been a murder.

1903 -- 100 years ago
C.K. Campbell succeeded F.W. Jackson as president of the Tri-City Labor congress.

1928 -- 75 years ago
High school sports lettermen named E.L. Strate, Paul Dahlen and Dr. William F. Schroeder as a committee to work with the Rock Island school board in planning for a fieldhouse, as well as a stadium.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Fox hunting proved to be good sport for two Rock Island youngsters. The pair, Jim Jennings and Dan Olson, both 14 years old, bagged a small red fox while hunting on a farm between Milan and Andalusia. The two boys had gone on the hunting expedition on a motor scooter. Today, they planned to collect a $5 bounty at the Rock Island County courthouse.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Nine cats and a rabbit have died within the last three weeks, and seven more cats are missing and believed to be dead, in a five-block area stretching from 2nd to 6th Streets in Carbon Cliff. No one is sure why or how the animals died.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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