John Patrick Cassidy, Davenport, died Nov. 19, 2012, at Genesis, East, Davenport. Services are noon Friday at St. John Vianney Catholic, Bettendorf, with visitation at 9 a.m. Burial is at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Arrangements are by Halligan-McCabe-DeVries, Davenport. Surviving are his wife, Norma; children, Kristyn Tjaden, Bettendorf, Sean, Darnestown, Md., Bridgitt Pauly, Megan Crider, Margaret Mysogland, Cincinnati, Kathryn Rhinehart, Chicago, Molly Petersen, Aurora, Ill., Matthew, Texas; 26 grandchildren; three sisters.
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.