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Day in history for June 6, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Thomas F. Davenport, Henry County clerk, was asking sealed bids for the erection of a 27 by 40-foot, 2-story jail for the county.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Josephine came up today, having made the run from Burlington to Rock Island in nine hours and 20 minutes, making all the stoppages, and beating Minnesota two hours and a half. Both boats left the Burlington landing together.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Linemen in the employ of the Union Electric Co. went out on strike today, the company refusing to sign a suggested scale.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Robert F. Burgitt, Spencer, Iowa, former University of Iowa star and captain, was named basketball coach of Rock Island High School, succeeding R.L. Akey who recently resigned to accept a position at Rock Falls.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Rodney Dee Brodie, 21-months-old, appeared on a special March of Medicine television program showing details of the fantastic separation by surgery of the East Moline Brodie Siamese twins. He is the only child in medical history who has survived such an operation. His brother, Roger Lee, died 34 days after the operation.

1978 -- 25 years ago
East Moline Fire Station No. 2 is sinking and nobody is quite sure what to do about it. The station's settling floor has caused a plethora of other structural defects. And the $140,000 station at 1523 Morton Drive is only four years old.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.

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