Letter: Frank Wallace never turned away union member in need


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Posted Online: Feb. 12, 2013, 3:17 pm
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I first met Frank Wallace during the 1960s, after I was elected president of UAW Local 1309 which represented most of the Farmall workers of International Harvester Co. in Rock Island.

It was quite apparent from the first meeting that Frank's heart was with the workers and their families.

Anyone from our local union who called upon him for advice always received a response or call back from Frank in a short time.

Throughout the years the UAW negotiated a legal service provision with the company. That is when Frank started visiting our UAW Union Halls offering advice to the members we represented.

I know of no one who was ever turned down for advice from Frank. I do remember presenting Frank a lifetime membership card from our local union as a token of our appreciation for his dedicated service. It hung on his wall so everyone could view it as they visited Frank.

There are obviously many stories the Quad-Cities Unions can share with our community. However, I felt it necessary to offer a personal viewpoint of Frank.
Frank was a long and faithful friend who offered us sound advice when called upon.

I know that I'm a better person for having known Frank Wallace.

Bill Bowling,
retired UAW
sub-regional director,
former Illinois director of labor

















 




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  Today is Sunday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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