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In 1907, the newly opened Colonial Hotel on East Broadway was the site of an alleged public indecency incident by Knox College players, who were prosecuted by city attorney Erle P. Field (inset photo).

Knox’s nude antics at Monmouth hotel sparked sensational 1907 trial

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Knox baseball captain John Hilding (second row, second from left) was the first player put on trial for public indecency. His exoneration caused the charges against his teammates to be dropped. Photo credit: Special Collections and Archives, Knox College Library, Galesburg, Illinois.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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