Services for Willard F. "Bill" Burbridge, 89, of Davenport, are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Victory Catholic, Davenport. Private burial is at Magnolia Cemetery, Magnolia, Iowa. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries, Davenport, and 9:30 a.m. to services Friday at church. He died June 24, 2014, at Genesis West, Davenport. Surviving are his wife, Barbara; children, Vickie Benac, Rock Island, Kevin, Davenport, Ronald, Joseph, Martin, Sherrie, Willard Jr., Lisa; 20 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren.
Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural. 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.