Ervin Massingill, Prophetstown, will celebrate his 80th birthday with a family dinner. Ervin was born Feb. 2, 1933. He married Carol Harker on Feb. 10, 1953. He retired as manager from Frary Lumber, Prophetstown, after 37 years. His children are Kent (Gina) Massingill, Erie; and Marsha (Mike) Riley, Moline. His grandchildren are Brian (Julia) Massingill, Atkinson; and Angi (Jared) Solie, Annawan. His great-grandchildren are Emma, Tanner and Braedon. He is a member of the United Methodist Church and a lifelong resident of Prophetstown. He is loved and admired by all of us.
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business. 1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments. 1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace. 1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually. 1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area. 1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.