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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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