Day in history for March 8, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Casper Fiedler, an enterprising merchant in Rock Island the last two years, died at the age of 33.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The Diamond Jo line steamer Josie and its tow arrived in this port today, the first boat down this season.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Austin Dent, formerly of Rock Island, is visiting friends here. He travels as a member of the band in West's minstrels.

1930 -- 75 years ago
John H. Hauberg has been named chairman of the sesquicentennial committee which will arrange a celebration of the 150th anniversary of a battle in the Revolutionary War fought at the site of Rock Island.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Ben Geifman, 1847 22nd St., Rock Island, landed an 89-pound sailfish recently at Acapulco, Mexico, where he and Mrs. Geifman are spending a three-week winter vacation. The Rock Island man battled the big fish, which was nine feet long, for 25 minutes before bringing it in.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Jim and Pam Hurley share their rural Tampico farm with a parakeet, an Arabian horse and some of the rarest dogs in the country. The dogs include two of the few ``Chinese fighting dogs'' in the U.S. The breed, properly known as ``Shar-Pei,'' are also called ``wrinkle dogs'' because of their many loose folds of skin.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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