Helen Laity Birthday

Posted Online: April 03, 2014, 10:30 am
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Helen Radmacher Laity will celebrate her 100th birthday with family and friends at Avonlea Cottages, Building 2, 2025 1st St. East, Milan, on April 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. She invites all her relatives and friends to attend.
Mrs. Laity was born to Barbara and William Radmacher on April 6, 1914, at her grandparents' farm house next to Jack's Mill in Oquawka, Ill. As a child she often rode in their horse and buggy and enjoyed watching her grandfather operate the mill next to the old covered bridge.
She married Max Hobart Laity of Silvis in 1939. For several years she worked with Max at the company he founded -- Tri City Radio Supply in Rock Island. During the summers Helen and Max enjoyed boating on the Mississippi in their Chris Craft cabin cruiser with family and friends. After Max retired from his business they spent their winters in Sun City, Ariz.
Helen has five children, Tom Laity, Davenport; Elaine Laity, Rio Rancho, N.M.; Jean Carey, Boise, Idaho; Paul Laity, Chicago; and Jan Rasmussen, Atherton, Calif. She also has 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Helen and Max were happily married for 50 years until Max passed away in 1989. Helen continued to live in the family home in Rock Island until 2013, when she moved to Avonlea Cottages where she has met many new friends.


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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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