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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.

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