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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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