Margaret Doonan, 1209 21st Ave., Rock Island, celebrated her 90th birthday with a family dinner on March 9 at Friendship Manor. Margaret was born March 9, 1923. She married William Doonan on Dec. 26, 1942, in Davenport. He is deceased. Her children are Gary (Jane) Doonan, Rome, N.Y.; and Tracy (Mary) Doonan, Reynolds. She has three grandchildren and five great-grandsons. She grew up on a farm in rural Milan and was involved in farming with her husband for nearly 60 years. She is a longtime member of Hamlet-Perryton Presbyterian Church, Hamlet, and she now attends Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, Rock Island.
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.