Day in history for December 1, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
All day yesterday there was high excitement between the crews of the two ferry boats. We hear it commenced by a boast on the part of someone on the Wilson that they could drive the Davenport out from her landing every trip.

1880 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. William T. Ball of Moline died yesterday morning.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Charles Olsen, formerly of Rock Island, became the champion middleweight wrestler of the world when he defeated James Parr last night at Ashville, N.C.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Ernest Bowman, 38, Macomb policeman who was a former Rock Island resident, died a hero yesterday nine hours after he and three other officers were shot in a grim gun battle with a desperado who was in turn killed by Bowman.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Milk reappeared on doorsteps and in grocery stores in the Quad-Cities today after union members ratified their first contract last night, 232 to 14.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Two state police fliers watched in disbelief as a crippled aircraft they were trying to escort to a safe landing stalled and crashed, killing the pilot. The crash occurred at 12:08 p.m., 2 miles south of Interstate 80 and half mile west of Illinois 78, in an alfalfa field.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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