Vernon R. Meldrum, 69, of East Moline, died on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Genesis Medical Center Illini Campus, Silvis. A memorial gathering will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis, followed by a time for sharing. He was born on Jan. 10, 1944, in Newton, Kan., son of Victor and Verda Andrews Meldrum. He married Barbara Hemphill on Nov. 8, 1968, in East Moline. Vern worked at Randolph Auto Parts and was a self-employed auto mechanic. He also worked for East Moline School District 37 as a bus mechanic and maintenance person. He enjoyed working in the yard and on the computer and reading. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; children, Tim Meldrum, Colona, Greg (Danette) Meldrum, Colona, and Tracey (Jay) Ackerland, Battle Ground, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Vicki (Ray) Hughes, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.schrodermortuary.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.