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 Monday, March 10, the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Numerous counterfeiters are around, taking advantage of the influx of currency to pass their worthless trash. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.J. Reimers, secretary and treasurer of the Rock Island Lumber and Manufacturing Co., on behalf of that firm, contributed $500 toward construction of a new Methodist church. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Samuel Ryerson, county recorder, was re-elected president of the 19th District of Knights of Pythias. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Three condemnation suits have been filed by the city of Rock Island to acquire property needed for an approach to the Rock Island-Davenport bridge, which has been under construction since March 6. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Plans for an eight-story Sheraton Inn in downtown Rock Island were announced today at a luncheon meeting at the Gay Nineties sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Cost of the structure is estimated at $2.5 million. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Representatives of the Hardee's Golf Classic and tournament sponsor Hardee's Food Systems may meet next week with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman to discuss a possible change in the tournament dates.