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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