Funeral services for Manuel Franco, 98, of Davenport, are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart, Davenport. Burial is in Holy Family Cemetery. Visitation is 3-7 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries He died March 15, 2013 at home. He was born in Mexico to Guillermo and Prajedes Juarez. Survivors are wife, Mabel; children, Manuel, Marie Sammon, Angela, Juanita Tague, Davenport, Rosalee Young, Phoenix, Katherine Rivera, Hampton, Mary Vallejo, Moline; 34 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; 49 great-great grandchildren;six great-great-great-grandchildren.
Today is Wednesday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2013. There are 223 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Large quantities of ice from LaCrosse and Lake Pepin are beingshipped on ice boats, towed by steamers to St. Louis and points below. 1888 -- 125 years ago: With the Mississippi River at 18 feet above the low water stage,Rock Island is waging a valiant fight to keep the river from flooding the entire city. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Approval has been given by the city commission for paving 45thStreet between 7th and 11th Avenues. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Herndon Wright, of East Moline, has won the discus-throw title, by aheave of more than 140 feet, to set a new high school record at Champaign. 1963 -- 50 years ago: With the Selective Service Law recently extended by Congress forfour more years, Mrs. Hazel Doris reminded young men that they must register withinfive days after attaining their 18th birthday. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Over 500 Quad-Cities area retired volunteers were honoredrecently for their community services at a Retired Senior Volunteer Program luncheonat Palmer Auditorium in Davenport. Guest speaker, William Moffitt, director of productengineering of Deere & Co., spoke about leadership and stressed the importance ofcommunity volunteers.