Letter: Cheers to Family Museum staff, Smiddy, a classy guy

Posted Online: Dec. 10, 2012, 6:10 am
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I have worked with volunteers at schools, hospitals, civic groups and the Family Museum in Bettendorf.

For the past five years, I've been asked to sell and show handmade Christmas ornaments at the Family Museum's Open House.

The staff and volunteers are the best I have ever worked with. They are all friendly, great with children, helpful to all, and have great smiles. I look forward each December to my visit. Thanks to all who made my day so enjoyable.
Glen Boyle, you should be very proud of your staff.

Also, Mike Smiddy's Dec. 5 column in Viewpoints is what all winning politicians should do after an election win.

You seldom (if ever) see this take place. I really believe what he had to say. Mike, you make me proud. You're one class guy.

Bob Dravis,
East Moline


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  Today is Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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