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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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