On Jan. 5, 2013, Luella Birks celebrated her 100th birthday. A long-time resident of Moline, both she and her husband, Ralph (now deceased), spent their working days serving the city of Moline; Luella as director of the Senior Citizen Center and Ralph as the first superintendent of parks and recreation. Luella has been a resident at Bickford Cottage for the past five years. Thank you, Luella, for all your contributions, generosity and love that you have given throughout the years at your work, at your church (a member for 70 years at Riverside United Methodist Church), and in the many service organizations that you were a member. Many lives, both young and old, have been blessed by knowing "Lu" Birks. Congratulations on becoming a Centenarian, Lu. We all love you!
Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.