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, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff." 1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.