Laura M. Lessman, 100, of Rock Island, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at St. Anthony Nursing and Rehabilitation, Rock Island. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Visitation will be from noon until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rock Island Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the St. Anthony's Activity Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at hodgsonfuneralhome.com. Laura was born March 21, 1913, in Eliza Township, Ill., daughter of Alva and Mary Hayes Howard. Laura Howard was united in marriage to Floyd W. Lessman on April 28, 1934, in Muscatine. He preceded her in death in September 1980. Laura was a homemaker and loved to play bingo and dance. She volunteered as an election judge for Rock Island County. She also was a former member of Farmall Club, Moline. Those left to honor her memory include daughter, Nancy Brimberg, Rock Island; six grandchildren, Jim (Astrid) Wyers, Gregory (Lisa) Wyers, Robert (Tracy) Wyers, Deanna Wright, Don (Angel) Brimberg and Kelley (Charles) Calkins; 17 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; grandson-in-law, Charles Simmons; and brother, Kenneth Howard, Muscatine. Laura was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sheri Simmons; grandson, Michael Snyder; and her three brothers and one sister. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of St. Anthony Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Today is Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.