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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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