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: 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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