Laura M. Lessman, 100, of Rock Island, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at St. Anthony Nursing and Rehabilitation, Rock Island. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Visitation will be from noon until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rock Island Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the St. Anthony's Activity Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at hodgsonfuneralhome.com. Laura was born March 21, 1913, in Eliza Township, Ill., daughter of Alva and Mary Hayes Howard. Laura Howard was united in marriage to Floyd W. Lessman on April 28, 1934, in Muscatine. He preceded her in death in September 1980. Laura was a homemaker and loved to play bingo and dance. She volunteered as an election judge for Rock Island County. She also was a former member of Farmall Club, Moline. Those left to honor her memory include daughter, Nancy Brimberg, Rock Island; six grandchildren, Jim (Astrid) Wyers, Gregory (Lisa) Wyers, Robert (Tracy) Wyers, Deanna Wright, Don (Angel) Brimberg and Kelley (Charles) Calkins; 17 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; grandson-in-law, Charles Simmons; and brother, Kenneth Howard, Muscatine. Laura was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sheri Simmons; grandson, Michael Snyder; and her three brothers and one sister. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of St. Anthony Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.