Jack R. Jacobs, 81, of Milan, died on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are entrusted to Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan. Jack was born on May 22, 1931, in New Boston, a son of Cyrus and Ruby Pouder Jacobs. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Prior to his retirement, he worked at John Deere, then the city of Rock Island and lastly as a maintenance man at Oak Grove Trailer Park. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards and watching the birds and squirrels at home. Surviving are his daughters, Penny Moskaloff and Lynn Jacobs, both of Milan; grandchildren, Jeremy Moskaloff, Matthew Jacobs and Mark, Mellissa and Molly Munson; great-grandson, Gabriel Moskaloff; two brothers, Fred Jacobs, Coal Valley, and William Pouder, Milan; and several nieces and nephews. Jack was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Arthur Jacobs; and one sister, Dorothy McElroy. Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.
Today is Friday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2013. There are 25 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The street crossings on Washington and Jefferson are to be taken up immediately and underlaid with sand to raise above the level of the roadway before it freezes. 1888 -- 125 years ago: J.O. Bean, father of W.H. Bean, grocer, was accidentally thrown from his wagon near the Rock Island bridge on the Arsenal and received severe cuts and bruises on his face and body. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Sgt. Birger F. Westergard, of the United States Marine Corps, has arrived in Rock Island to take charge of the local recruiting office. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Five cases of diphtheria at Lincoln School prompt the city physician, Dr. Edward DeSilva, to urge parents to have their children immunized, as he fears epidemic. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Rock Island Arsenal will have its own newspaper with the first edition scheduled to be published Friday, Dec. 13. The paper, which will carry advertising, will be published by Bawden Bros. Inc. of Davenport. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The New Year should ring a better Quad-Cities economy, according to a survey of people in business made by First National Bank of Moline. "Based on our survey, we see a bright outlook for 1989," said Richard M. Bishop, the bank's president.