90th Birthday: Gene Holford will celebrate his 90th birthday on Feb. 11 with a dinner with family and friends. A card shower is being held in his honor; cards may be sent to him at 1315 S. 21st, Quincy, IL 62301. Mr. Holford was born Feb. 11, 1923, in Quincy, to Roy J. and Irma M. Holford. He has been married to Irma Lois Sparks since April 23, 1950. They have one daughter, Barbara (Richard) Jurgens of Towanda. There are two grandchildren. Mr. Holford is an active member of Luther Memorial Church. He was a Country Financial agent for 34 1/2 years and was employed by the Farm Bureau and University of Illinois Extension for three years. His hobbies include golf at Westview Golf Course, pool at Silverridge Park in Mesa, Ariz., dancing, and square dancing with the Q City Squares. He enjoys High-Twelve, Lambert Masonic Lodge 659, Consistory, and Quincy and Ansar Shrines. Mr. Holford is a World War II Army veteran.
90th Birthday: Virgil Bockhold of Fowler will celebrate his 90th birthday with a cake and punch reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at St. Joseph Church, 1435 E. 1500th St., Quincy. The event will be hosted by his daughter, Pat Andrews of Columbia, Mo. No gifts are requested. Mr. Bockhold's birthday is Feb. 20.
BABY BORN: A son, Reed Ellison Bunger, was born Feb. 1 in University of Missouri Women's and Children's Hospital in Columbia, Mo., to Chase and Charity Bunger of Columbia. Reed has an older brother, Liam. Grandparents are Denise and David Kniess of Troy, Mo., Linda and Chris Cleveland of Fulton, Mo., and Steve and Diane Bunger of LaGrange, Mo. Great-grandparents are Dorothy Ellison of Canton, Mo., Wanda Bunger of Palmyra, Mo., Mary Woeckener, and Harold and Alice Kniess.
QUILTERS MEET: The Hancock County Piecemakers Quilt Guild met at the Carthage Senior Center on Jan. 8. Names were drawn for the secret pal activity. The group enjoyed a demonstration of how to make a pineapple quilt pattern by Jackie Adkins. Membership dues were collected for the next year, however new members are welcome at any time and membership cards were distributed to those present. The "Birthday Basket" was passed to members who had birthdays in January. The group has 12 pink ribbon quilts and eight comfort quilts in the cupboard. Comfort quilts will be distributed to several local agencies in March. National Quilting Day is March 16 and the guild plans a general sewing day to be held in Golden. The regular "show n tell" resulted in a book review, a doll quilt, comfort quilts, a table cover with scalloped edge, and a baby quilt with baby footprints and hand prints in the blocks. New members and visitors are always welcome. The next meeting was Feb. 5 at the Carthage Senior Center. Call (217)-357-2553 for more information.
bridge winners: The Monday Afternoon Bridge Club met in January in the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center. Winners were: Jan. 7 -- Lorna Vardaman, first, Dave George, second, and Martin Adam, third; Jan. 14 -- Martin Adam, first, Dave George, second, and Dick Gosnell, third: Jan. 21 -- Dick Gosnell, first, Connie Elmore, second, and Martin Adam, third; and Jan. 28 -- Dick Gosnell, first, Norma Johnson, second, and Dorothy Loos, third.