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 female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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