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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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