Day in history for May 24, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Warren And Rhawn, a Rock Island book store, announced that the store had just received a new shipment of books including an amazing new one featuring 10 color sketches of Paris.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Charles Buncher, 35, died after an illness of 10 weeks. He had been a Rock Island resident since he was 13.

1905 -- 100 years ago
The choir of Trinity Church gave a concert at the Harper House.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees, and Hack Wilson, of the Chicago Cubs, were tied for the major league lead in home runs with 12 each.

1955 -- 50 years ago
William A. Hewitt, executive vice president of Deere And Co. since July 15, 1954, today was elected president of the farm implement firm to succeed the late Charles Deere Wiman. Mr. Wiman died May 12.

1980 -- 25 years ago
After more than two years of planning, Moline's new No. 2 fire station near Southpark Mall is finally ready to open. And, despite controversy among some firefighters that the station is needed more at its present site, 1710 15th St. Place, Mayor Lawrence Lorensen says he's convinced the relocation will work.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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