Vernon R. Meldrum, 69, of East Moline, died on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Genesis Medical Center Illini Campus, Silvis. A memorial gathering will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis, followed by a time for sharing. He was born on Jan. 10, 1944, in Newton, Kan., son of Victor and Verda Andrews Meldrum. He married Barbara Hemphill on Nov. 8, 1968, in East Moline. Vern worked at Randolph Auto Parts and was a self-employed auto mechanic. He also worked for East Moline School District 37 as a bus mechanic and maintenance person. He enjoyed working in the yard and on the computer and reading. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; children, Tim Meldrum, Colona, Greg (Danette) Meldrum, Colona, and Tracey (Jay) Ackerland, Battle Ground, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Vicki (Ray) Hughes, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.schrodermortuary.com.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.