Ruby Boultinghouse, Rock Island, will celebrate her 90th birthday on Friday, Jan. 11, starting at 6 p.m. at The Stern Center, 1713 3rd Ave., Rock Island. Family and friends are welcome to come help her celebrate; no gifts please. Ruby Barnes was born on Jan. 11, 1923. She married the late Ray Boultinghouse on Sept. 10, 1946. Her children are Joann Fairman, Michael (Cindy) Boultinghouse, Eddie (AnneMarie) Boultinghouse, and the late Terry Boultinghouse. Ruby has 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Ruby retired from A.D. Huesing Corp. in 1990.
Today is Tuesday, April 15, the 105th day of 2014. There are 260 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: A large and splendid new safe has been hauled out to Young Brothers store in Camden to replace the old one, which recently was robbed. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The salary of Mayor Blaning was raised to $1,000 by the Rock Island City Council. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rock Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring one of the most intensive cleanup campaigns ever conducted. 1939 -- 75 years ago: According to Forecaster Truman Shipman, April weather has been six and one-half degrees below normal with an all-time low for any April 12 established when the mercury slipped down to 22 degrees. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Board of Education discussed the planned addition to the high school until nearly midnight last night. 1989 -- 25 years ago: April 13, 53 of the top spellers from Rock Island, Mercer, and Henry counties spelling bees came together at Augustana College to compete in the Ninth Annual Regional Spelling Bee.