Velma W. Anderson, 85, of Milan, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Sherrard Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family. Velma was born on May 14, 1928, in Lamoni, Iowa, the daughter of Rutherford and Mary Hurst Shannon. She married Arlie "Shadow" Anderson on Sept. 6, 1955, in Iowa. Mrs. Anderson was a homemaker who enjoyed crocheting, gardening and bowling. Survivors include her children, Denise Anderson and Christine (Kelvin) Hipkins, both of Milan; grandsons, Kyle Hipkins and Chad Hipkins; and sisters, Betty Kelly, Colorado, and Mae Forsberg, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and brothers, Vernon and LeRoy Shannon. Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.
Today is Sunday, July 27, the 208th day of 2014. There are 157 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them. 1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.