Day in history for March 27, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The ferry across Rock River, commonly known as Wilson's ferry, is now in operation for the season for the accommodation of the public.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Captain William F. Davidson, president of the Northern Line Packet Company, was a Rock Island visitor.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Victims of the St. Paul-St. Louis train wreck on the Burlington Road near Thomson, Ill., were brought to Rock Island and Clinton. A bad fog was blamed for the wreck.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island Mayor Chester C. Thompson ordered a police war on bootlegging as an aftermath of bombing of a private garage.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The survivor of head-joined Siamese twins who were separated by surgery last Dec. 17, Rodney Dee Brodie, is thriving today after his 18th operation at the University of Illinois Research and Educational Hospital. Rodney's twin, Roger Lee, died about a month after the separation operation.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A familiar sight of assurance will be missing from the intersection of Main and Center streets after the end of the month. Geneseo's veteran school crossing guard is calling it quits. John Durack, 74, says his reflexes are slowing and it's time someone younger took the job. He's watched the kids come and go at the dangerous, state highway crossing where he took command in 1972 when police organized the band of guards at the PTA's insistence.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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