Don and Marilou Simpson Anniversary

Posted Online: Dec. 19, 2012, 11:04 am
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Don and Marilou Simpson, rural Milan, will observe their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 27.
The former Marilou Birdsley Wyoming, Ill., and Mr. Simpson, Alexis, were married on Dec. 27, 1952, at the Methodist church in Wyoming.
They are the parents of Linda DePooter, Milan; and Louann Krogman, White River, S.D. There are four grandchildren.
Mr. Simpson was employed as a maintenance engineer at Harvest Day Bakery, Rock Island. He previously was employed as a machinist at Eagle Signal Co., Davenport. He served in the Korean conflict.
Mrs. Simpson was an elementary teacher for 31 years and retired from the Moline District in 1984. They then spent 20 years as mission volunteers for the Presbyterian church at camps, conference centers and colleges, from Alaska to Florida and Arizona to New York.
They belong to the Edgington Presbyterian Church, where they have served as deacons. Marilou is a choir member and has taught VBS, been Sunday school superintendent and a member of the PW.
Don serves on the pastor nomination committee. They were active in the Presbyterian Mariners locally and nationally.
A family dinner is planned for a later date.


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1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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