Day in history for June 11, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
It is gratifying to know that the street grade established for the city is almost universally approved by our citizens. The streets leading across the slough are the avenues by which the country comes to market, and the interest of the city requires that they be kept in good order.

1878 -- 125 years ago
It was announced that the annual picnic for the employees of the Rock Island Plow Works would be held at Offerman's Island on Thursday.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Miss Maurine Rasmussen of San Francisco was the guest of Miss Fay Warren.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Dr. G.A. Andreen, president of Augustana College, announced that a total of $1,507,788 had been raised in the building and endowment campaign of the institution.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Strong winds which lashed the Quad-City area early this morning forced an Air Force general's airplane to make an emergency landing at the Davenport Municipal Airport. The aircraft, a C-54, enroute to the Wright-Patterson Air Force base near Dayton, Ohio, was carrying Lt. Gen. R.W. Harper.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Mary Elizabeth England, Miss Scott County, was crowned Miss Iowa in her second try for the crown, having finished as first runner-up last year. The 19-year-old University of Iowa student won her crown at St. Ambrose College's Galvin Fine Arts Center. Miss England will go on to compete in the Miss America pageant later this year.

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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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