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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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