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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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