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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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