Funeral services for Manuel Franco, 98, of Davenport, are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart, Davenport. Burial is in Holy Family Cemetery. Visitation is 3-7 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries He died March 15, 2013 at home. He was born in Mexico to Guillermo and Prajedes Juarez. Survivors are wife, Mabel; children, Manuel, Marie Sammon, Angela, Juanita Tague, Davenport, Rosalee Young, Phoenix, Katherine Rivera, Hampton, Mary Vallejo, Moline; 34 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; 49 great-great grandchildren;six great-great-great-grandchildren.
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.