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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.

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