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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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