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: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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