Deaths for Friday, April 26, 2013

Posted Online: April 25, 2013, 6:19 pm
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Casel, James J., 75, Eldridge; Chambers, Eldridge.
Felderman, Dennis A., 71, Ocala, Fla., formerly of Bettendorf; Weerts, Davenport.
Kleiber, Neil P., 85, formerly of Moline; DeRoo, Moline.
Lemkau, Lyle F., 85, Rock Island; Wheelan-Pressly, Rock Island.
Meier, Helen, 79, Davenport; Runge, Davenport.
Smith, Edythe M., 96, formerly of Eldridge; McGinnis-Chambers, Bettendorf.
Stablein, Frank S. Jr., 64, Moline; DeRoo, Moline.
Swank, Edwin "Gene," 83, Ocala, Fla., formerly of Elvaston, Ill.; Stackhouse-Moore, Cambridge.
Wiersema, Annette J. Hook, 82, East Moline; Van Hoe, East Moline.
Wolfsmith, Joseph Francis, 76, Moline; DeRoo, Moline


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  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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