Moline Memories - MHS 66 Friends

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Lawrence Eyre's Mother Celebrates Her 92nd Birthday

Lawrence Eyre's mother - Colleen - is 92.

 Colleen with baby Lawrence

 Last year, Colleen Peterson celebrated her 91st birthday.

 Lawrence was always goal oriented.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary - Jeannine Lawson McFadyen - August 30, 2019

Our latest addition to the Golden Wedding Anniversary List is Jeannine Lawson, MHS 66, married to Jay McFadyen since August 30, 1969.

The list will grow and more contributions are welcome. It is still anniversary if the spouse has not survived. Send via Facebook or

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Missing Man from the Champion Hasty Tasty Little League Team

Moline Western Division Champions, Little League, 1961

Front row: Dave Olson, Ray Diehl (MHS 66), Eldon Alters, Larry Eyre (MHS 66), Norm Slead, Jim Medd (MHS 66), Kenny Brock.
Middle row: Scott Culbertson, Tom Culbertson, Trevor Davis, Tom Slead, Steve Olson, Dennis Edwards, Steve Talik, Curt Edwards.
Top row: Manager Bob Diehl, Coach Rick Slead.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Rest in Peace - Burdette Ringquist - Calvin Coolidge Teacher and Principal

 Burdette Ringquist, Facebook Page

Burdette L. 'Burt' Ringquist Jul 12, 2019.

Burdette L. “Burt” Ringquist July 20, 1934 - July 10, 2019 LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. —

Burdette L. “Burt” Ringquist, 84, of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., formerly of Moline, well-known Moline educator, died Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in Poet's Walk Assisted Living, Sarasota, Fla. Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, 1201 13th Street, Moline.

Burial is in Riverside Cemetery, Moline. Burt's family will greet friends at a funeral luncheon at the church following the burial. Trimble Funeral Home, Moline, is serving the family.

Burdette Leigh Ringquist was born July 20, 1934, in Moline, to John Wesley and Helen (Anderson) Ringquist.

He married Virginia Daniels on Jan. 31, 1954, in Moline. Burt graduated from Moline High School, Black Hawk College and Augustana College, and received his master's degree from Western Illinois University. He was an educator with the Moline and Quincy School Districts for many years. He retired as Principal of John Deere Middle School in 1996. He was previously an Administrator at Moline Senior High School and Principal at Coolidge Junior High School.

While in Quincy, Ill., he worked as Principal of Quincy Middle School and Quincy High School.

Burt was a member of Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, Moline, where he was actively involved for many years, and he is a current member of Harvest United Methodist Church in Lakewood Ranch. An active civic leader, he was vice president of the Moline Board of Education, president of the Moline School Foundation and Junior Achievement, a board member for Chaddock Home in Quincy, president of the Moline DARE board, and a Stephen Minister.

He was instrumental in developing the Middle School concept in Moline schools, and was a consultant for the National Association of Secondary School Principals for the team concept of teaching. Family was important to him, and he enjoyed reading, traveling and genealogy.

Burt was a sports enthusiast and loved the Boston Red Sox. Burt is survived by his wife of 65 years, Virginia; four children and spouses, Kirk and Sissy Ringquist, of Nikiski, Alaska, Karen Ringquist, of Schaumburg, Ill., Kent and Pam Ringquist, of Lakewood Ranch, and Kyle Ringquist, of Provincetown, Mass.; seven grandchildren, Kelsie, Logan, Nash, Alexis, Nolan and Cole Ringquist and Matthew Karriem; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Delbert and Bruce Ringquist. Burt's family invites friends to share stories and condolences at

 Mr. Ringquist, left, was always ready to do something fun with his fellow teachers. His class in civics was epic.

PS - I teach teachers at a university, so the question is often asked, "What was your favorite teacher like?" I had many favorites in the Moline system, from Kindergarten through graduation.

Mr. Ringquist was at the top of the list. He was always smiling, giving away his enjoyment of teaching. We had him for the required civics class at Coolidge, hardly an exciting topic.

The lessons must have stuck. I had to advise friends in 2016 that we were not voting for the president but for the electors who would decide the election.

I remember how he divided the class into rival factions and had us run a campaign, voting for a slate of politicians - us. We had to persuade him that our side was better than the other one. He challenged us to be creative, and we had a great time.

He had a great time, always smiling in class. I doubt whether any other teacher smiled so easily or so often.

Gregory L. Jackson

Monday, July 8, 2019

Mary Parsons Caisley - MHS 66 - Happy 49th Wedding Anniversary -
Married on the Fourth of July!

Don and Mary Parsons Caisley, their son Chuck.

On their 45th anniversary, they posted their wedding portrait too.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Watching the Weekly Favorites on Moline Memories

 They were not from Moline, but we have aged with them.

We watched too much TV, our parents said, while watching TV.

I enjoy looking over the most watched for the week list in the left column, finding out which posts have suddenly gained attention. The all-time most viewed are at the bottom of the blog page.

Often one post will be viewed for the week because that person just passed away. My father used to read the Moline Dispatch and rattle the pages, saying in shock, "He was my classmate!"

I thought, long ago, some children and grandchildren might ask, "What was it like growing up in Moline? Did anyone famous come from there?"

The software that mapped the origin of readers often glowed for that spot called Hollywood, where we had three celebrities working or retired there.

I used to walk by the Bartlett Insurance Agency in downtown Moline, near Melo Cream. I never thought, "Maybe one will star on TV and be married to another star forever." No wait - "Maybe the family will build a beautiful addition on our new (in the 60s) high school."

Perhaps someone will win the Medal of Honor, someone I knew in school. No, too rare for that to happen.

 Downtown Moline in the 1950s. "Sir, Moline was a small town, as I have said, but there were those who loved her."

Bonnie Bartlett

 John Baker, Medal of Honor.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Legendary Locals - By David Coopman - "Coop"Le

 Legendary Locals of Moline, Illinois, by David Coopman

I cleaned up my bookshelf, sending many to friends, neighbors, and Waste Management, Inc. I kept Legendary Locals of Moline, because that is endlessly fascinating.

This is David Coopman's fourth book about the Quad-City Area, cities surrounded by farmland and flood waters. So many greats have come from this area that my wife responds to news about inventions and achievements this way, "I know, another Moliner."

Not always - but often. The computer was invented at a Rock Island roadhouse.

QC Online
"The research, going over old advertisements and meeting people who made the station what it was, is special," he says. "It never fails -- when I go to check a fact that I'm expecting to take 15 minutes, it always takes me three or four hours. It's been that much fun researching this book."
Lagomarcino's had to be in the book, but what about the Mayor of the Lutheran Holyland - Perryville, Missouri - Debbie Mitchell Gahan?


 Eyre is in the book for tennis, but added poetry to his resume. Publish or perish applies to tennis professors too.

Which class should have the most legendary honors, you dare ask? The Class the Stars Fell On - 1966.