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 Friday, March 7, the 66th day of 2014. There are 299 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat came up to her dock yesterday and was punching away at the ice, which is crowded up against the Iowa shore. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.C. Bromley, of Rock Island, has received a patent on a steam activated valve. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Major. C.W. Hawes, head clerk of the Modern Woodmen of America, was honored by department chiefs on his 73rd birthday 1939 -- 75 years ago: Mayor Robert Galbraith declared that 75 percent of the people here have talked to "favor construction of Rock Island's new city hall in Spencer Square." 1964 -- 50 years ago: C.H. Langman & Sons, Rock Island, has been awarded the general contract for partial rehabilitation and modernization of the main building at the East Moline State Hospital. The Langman firm bid $424,839. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The cost of living in the Quad-Cities is 6.8 percent less than the average of 260 metropolitan areas.