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: 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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