Cheryl Janet Ricketts, 85, Davenport and Bettendorf, died Friday, May 3, 2013, at Clarissa Cook Hospice, Bettendorf. Memorial services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Vianney Catholic, Bettendorf, with visitation at 9. Burial is at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Cremation was accorded. Arrangements are by Halligan-McCabe-DeVries, Davenport. Surviving are children, Karen Hileman, John, Laura Norton, Anne Blunk, Jeffrey, Mary Brent, Randy, Matthew; numerous grandchildren; one sister. Her husband, Ralph, preceded her in death.
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground. 1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students. 1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.