The Veterans of Foreign War Post 1303 is on the move and looking to shed some pounds
Everything from the popcorn machine to bingo balls will be for sale during a Saturday auction to clean out the VFW building at 3715 9th St., Rock Island.
The VFW has sold the building for $600,000 to the city of Rock Island, and if all goes according to plan, the property will be one of several in the area torn down to make way for a new Walmart Supercenter.
Post commander P.J. Hymes said the building became the VFW's base in December 1993 after the post moved out of downtown Rock Island.Now, the post again is looking for a new home.
"We are looking to downsize a little bit," Mr. Hymes said, adding that after debts are cleared, theVFW will have about $400,000 to shop for a new building.
The post has 357 members, not counting members of the ladies auxiliary, and has had a presence in Rock Island for 78 years, Mr. Hymes said.
"We're still continuing doing what we've always done," he said. "We're still an active, live VFW."
Meetings are being held at the Moose Lodge at 4410 9th St, Rock Island, until the VFW finds a new building. Mr. Hymes said they're looking for a building that's "the perfect fit."
Saturday's auction starts at 10 a.m. People can view items beginning at 8:30 a.m., with bid registration starting at 9 a.m. Items up for auction include kitchen equipment, furniture, office items and miscellaneous equipment.
For more information, call auctioneer Brian Lees at 309-235-4071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Today is Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line. 1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements. 1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.