James Harry Tollerud, 76, of Coal Valley, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the family. James was born June 30, 1936, in Moline, the son of Harry and Grace Tollerud. He retired from IH Farmal in 1989. He enjoyed working on cars, hunting and camping. Survivors include his daughters, Treasa Poma and Grace Husky; sons, Dan, Jonathan and Harold Tollerud; grandchildren, Destiny Tollerud, Jonathan Tollerud, Zachary Tollerud, Austin Tollerud, Kayla Pairrett and Breanna Pairrett; and a brother, Dan Tollerud. Online condolences may be sent to the family at schrodermortuary.com.
Today is Thursday, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2013. There are 19 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Two boys who haul coal from Coal Valley to Davenport were arrested yesterday for running their teams through the city street at a furious rate. 1888 -- 125 years ago: E.H. Barker dislocated his left wrist and suffered a compound fracture of the right wrist when he fell from the roof of his icehouse. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Lou Harris was elected county superintendent of schools to fill the unexpired term of the late S.J. Ferguson. 1938 -- 75 years ago: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a state must give equality in educational privileges to white and Negro law students. 1963 -- 50 years ago: About 300 employees of the Augustana Book Concern, staff members of the Board of Publication of the Lutheran Church in America, as well as friends of the community and out-of-town guests honored Dr. Birger Swenson at the annual Christmas dinner of the Augustana Book Concern last night in Westerlin Hall on the Augustana College campus. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The Christmas shopping season began early this year and continues to bring out shoppers in record numbers, according to Quad-Cities retailers interviewed today.