Today in history for Sunday, Feb. 16, 2013

Posted Online: Feb. 16, 2013, 6:00 am
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Today is Saturday, Feb. 16th, the 47th day of 2013. There are 318 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: A large number of people assembled on the river bank Sundayto witness the baptism of seven converts to the Baptist faith. A space was cut in the icefrom the shore out toward the center of the river so that converts could walk into thewater up to their armpits. Then they were immersed by the clergyman who accompaniedthem, walking on the edge of the ice.
1888 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island's Post Office again will be located in the Lindebuilding for the coming year. The rental price to be paid by the government is $1,000.
1913 -- 100 years ago: The Rock Island City Commission last night defeated a proposal toextend the Third Avenue car-line facilities by recruiting the Long View line.
1938 -- 75 years ago: L.B. Wilson and Frederic B. White were elected as new directorsof the Fort Armstrong Hotel Company at the annual meeting of stockholders.
1963 -- 50 years ago: The importance of commercial fertilizer and operation of the newNitrin plant under construction near Cordova will be explained to members of the RockIsland Rotary Club at noon Tuesday. The new plant will manufacture nitrogen fertilizers.
1988 -- 25 years ago: Moline police and SouthPark Mall officials are calling a fight at themall last Saturday "an isolated incident" and are taking steps to make sure nothing like ithappens again.



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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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