Wilbur 'Bill' Hobson

Posted Online: May 07, 2013, 4:59 pm
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Wilbur B. "Bill" Hobson, 89, formerly of Rock Island, died May 5, 2013. Bill had a long extended illness but now is in peace.
He was born Aug. 2, 1923.
Bill served in the National Guard during the second world war. He retired from Bendix-Litton in 1988 after 38 years of service.
Those left behind, his niece Sharon Gunsolus and Alan, will remember Bill forever for how kind and loving he was. He now joins his wife, Dorothy and son, Larry who were already in heaven waiting for him. He missed them so much.


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  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.

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