Posted Online: Feb. 13, 2013, 6:00 am
Today in history for Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013
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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 13th, the 44th day of 2013. There are 321 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: Mr. Lambert has commenced filling his new ice house with clearice near the railroad bridge, so he will be prepared to furnish all who favor him with theirpatronage.
1888 -- 125 years ago: The first annual industrial fair of Rock Island will be openedMonday at the Rock Island skating rink.
1913 -- 100 years ago: The Island City Boating Association's Clubhouse in Rock Islandwas ransacked last night by prowlers.
1938 -- 75 years ago: The government, which gave away millions of aces tohomesteaders in the great plains, has begun buying back the land in an effort to save the"dust bowl" from becoming a virtual desert. More than five million acres already havebeen purchased.
1963 -- 50 years ago: South Moline Township voters turned out yesterday but justbarely. Only about 50 votes were cast in a primary election that gave the nod to RobertV. Brewer, Frank J. Clouw and Ransom "Terry" Hewitt in the six-man Democraticcontest for assistant supervisor. Based on an accounting of $1,200 for salaries of clerksand judges and about $500 for machine rental and delivery, the slim showing atthe polls resulted in a cost of $3.29 for each vote cast.
1988 -- 25 years ago: David R. Collins, an English instructor at Moline High School,has been selected as the 1987-88 "Teacher of the Year" by the Department of IllinoisVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.