Mark A. Brown, 51, of LeClaire, died April 28, 2013, at his home. Services are 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian, LeClaire, with visitation from noon to services. Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family. Survivors include his wife, Susan Brown; daughter and son-in-law, Danielle and Jacob Graves; mother, Helen Brown; brothers, Terry (Sue), Michael (Pam), Robert (Bev), and Milo Fred (Mary); and sister, Patricia Fisher. He was preceded in death by his father, Milo Brown, and a sister, Debra Pruett.
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.