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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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