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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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