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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1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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