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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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