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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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