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 Wednesday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.