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 Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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