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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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