Our Patrons

The Marando’s staff always referred to customers as our patrons. Jimmie believed patronage was a privilege bestowed upon the restaurant as a reward for good service and a total quality dining experience.

The following is a list of those who dined at Marando’s. The list was comprised by Mike Marando during his research for this website – and is far from complete, so it is a “work in progress.”  Dined at Marando’s and have a short story to share? Perhaps you went there for a pre-Prom Night dinner, or your parents took you there for a birthday celebration! Regardless, we’d like to hear from you! On the bottom of the page  is a box – fill it out and send to us and we’ll include your name and remembrance in future updates.

Customer Testimonial

Local Civic Organizations

  • Paul Taylor - Co-Chair/March of Dimes Fundraising Committee
  • Marvin Kelinson - Co-Chair/March of Dimes Fundraising Committee
  • Bill Lohmeier - Board Member, March of Dimes and Milan Little League
  • Rod Hogren - Board Member, Rock Island Chapter/March of Dimes
  • Edwin F. McCarthy - Chairman, Knights of Columbus, 1961
  • Fred R. Vermeulen, Jr. - Co-chair, Knights of Columbus, 1961
  • Gussie Nell Davis - Director, Kilgore Rangerettes 1961
  • Lena Lohse - Rock Island Boat Club
  • Mrs. Harold Herbert - Milan Women’s Club, 1961
  • Stan Stone - Milan Indian Summer Festival, 1961

Media Personalities

  • Jim Arpy - Features Writer and Author - Quad City Times
  • Don E. Chamberlain – Correspondent, Rock Island Argus
  • Jack Barlow, Rock Island - WQUA/1961
  • Mary Jo Eckland, Moline - Society writer, Moline Dispatch, 1960
  • Murray Hurt, Rock Island - Sports Editor, The Rock Island Argus, 1965
  • John O’Donnell, Davenport - Sports columnist, Quad City Times-Democrat
  • Bill Wundram, Davenport - Columnist, Quad City Times
  • Charles H. Sanders - Fine Arts Editor: The Rock Island Argus
  • Don Sharp, Rock Island - Sports Director, WHBF-TV
  • Pat Sundine - WOC-TV Davenport


Customer Testimonial

Business Personalities

  • Ben and Marguerite Acri – The Acri Company
  • Charles J. Acri – The Acri Company
  • George A. Anderi, Oak Park, Ill. - Sales Executive
  • L.B. Arp, VP/General Manager, Bear Manufacturing Co.
  • Al and Milly Barnes – Town & Country, The Horseshoe (Yankee Clipper)
  • Buddy Bateman – Town & Country
  • Ollie Beerman – Milan auto dealer
  • Cecil C. Bickel – Blackhawk State Bank 1960-1963
  • John Bosso, Mama Bosso’s Pizza
  • Grant W. Brissman – Brissman’s Auto Supply 1960
  • Charles Carp – Cheerful Charlie’s Furniture 1960s
  • Lee Cook, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. - Bank Executive
  • Ellwood F. Curtis - President, Deere & Company 1965-1966
  • Nic Chirekos - The Plantation, Moline
  • Victor B. Day - Bear Manufacturing Company, Rock Island
  • Harley Dirck – Farmer’s Automotive
  • Bob Eriksen - Bob Eriksen Chevrolet, Milan
  • Isador Finkelstein – Blackhawk State Bank
  • Henry I. Finkelstein – Blackhawk State Bank
  • Charles R. Flynn - Flynn Public Relations 1960s
  • Irv and Lucille French — El Rancho Villa Restaurant, Bettendorf
  • Dick Fruitiger (a man of many hats), Coal Valley
  • Stanley Goldman – Hyman’s Furniture, Rock Island
  • James “Jake” Gottlieb - The Dunes Hotel, Las Vegas
  • Julius Gottlieb – Transportation/trucking, Quad Cities
  • Matthew W. Hart, Rock Island - Attorney at Law
  • Albert D. “Bert” Huesing - A.D. Huesing Corp., Rock Island
  • Conrad Hilton - Hilton Hotels
  • Kenneth Jones, Rock Island Chamber of Commerce
  • Sidney Katz – Belleville/Bank of Belleville
  • Robert Klockau - Illinois Casualty Insurance Co.
  • Hugo H. Lohse, Lohse Automotive Service, Rock Island
  • Edward Manhard, Rock Island Bridge & Iron Works, Rock Island
  • Tony Maniscalco – Quad Cities pizza pioneer
  • Orville G. McCullough – Blackhawk State Bank
  • Dan McGlynn – Belleville/Bank of Belleville
  • Roy S. McGovern – Rock Island/Blackhawk State Bank
  • Tom Miller - Ina Mae Miller - Miller Container Corp.
  • Charles T. Miller - Vice President/Secretary-Treasurer: Miller Container Corp.
  • Stephen C. Miller - Mary Miller, Rock Island - Attorney at Law
  • Bernard J. Moran - Illinois Casualty Insurance Co
  • Bill and Mary Lou Myers, The Country Cousin, Moline
  • Ray W. Osterman – Blackhawk State Bank
  • Ralph W. Palmer – Rock Island
  • Carl A. Ritchie – President, H.B. Wilkinson Title Company
  • Fred E. Rose – Belleville/Bank of Belleville
  • Robert G. Scott – Blackhawk State Bank
  • Robert L. Scott, City Attorney, Milan
  • Manny Soodhalter – Debs Drive In, Milan
  • Sylvester C. Stacey, Blackhawk State Bank
  • Stan and Mary Stone – The Milan Motel, Milan
  • Z.E. Taylor - J.J. Case
  • William “Bill” Wheelan – Wheelan Funeral Home (now Wheelan-Pressly)
  • Stewart Winstein, Attorney, Rock Island


Customer Testimonial

Blackhawk State Bank – 1960 Board of Directors

  • Cecil C. Bickel
  • William R. Blaser
  • Grant W. Brissman
  • Francis J. Coyle
  • Paul A. Dugan
  • Isadore H. Finkelstein
  • Lyman H. Johnson
  • Robert A. Klockau
  • Oroville G. McCullough
  • Roy S. McGovern
  • Melvin McKay
  • Walter W. Moeller
  • Harold C. Nielsen
  • Ray W. Osterman/President
  • Ralph W. Palmer
  • Robert G. Scott
  • Sylvester C. Stacey

Customer Testimonial

1958 Post T. Travelers Protective Association

  • Bernard T. Olson, Rock Island – State Director
  • Dale D. Drake, Rock Island – Vice President
  • Ray L. Mills, Rock Island – Secretary/treasurer
  • R.M. Faul, Peoria, Ill. – State Secretary-treasurer
  • Perry M. Talbot, St. Louis, MO – Assistant National Secretary-treasurer
  • Elmer D. Boldt, Rock Island
  • Dennis K. Wilson, Rock Island
  • Byron A. Swedberg, Rock Island
  • Charles J. Dobbler, Rock Island
  • Dr. H.C. Nielsen, Rock Island
  • J. David Sherrad, Aledo
  • Clifford W. Hobart, Rock Island
  • Ray E. Barnhart, Rock Island
  • R.J. Hogren, Moline
  • Melvin C. Kappler, Moline

Customer Testimonial

Politics

  • Hon. William G. Stratton - Governor, State of Illinois (1953-1961)
  • Hon. Oroville L. Freeman - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1965
  • Congressman Gale Schisler - U.S. Congress, 1965-1967
  • George R. Thuenen - Mayor, City of Bettendorf 1962-1968
  • Ray T. O’Brien - Mayor, City of Davenport 1961-1966
  • Warren Yerger - Mayor, City of Rock Island, 1957-1961
  • Morris “Morrie” Muhleman - Sheriff, Rock island County 1950-1954
    • Illinois State Senate 1955-1958
    • Mayor, City of Rock Island 1961-1965
  • Charles F. and Nancy Carpentier - Secretary of State, Illinois, 1960
  • Pete Pappas – Illinois State Rep., 1960s
  • Charles Percy – U.S. Senator (Ill)., 1967-1985
  • Lawrence L. Phares, Judge, Rock Island County
  • Paul Powell, Vienna, Ill. - Illinois State Rep., 1964
  • Tom Railsback, U.S. Congressman, Dist. 19 (Illinois), 1967-1983
  • Chester C. Thompson, Rock Island, Ill. – U.S. Congressman, 1933-1939
  • Wesley Greenwood, Milan, Ill. - Chief of Police, Milan
  • Roy S. McGovern - Chair, Rock Island County Supervisors 1960s
  • Frank E. Cromptonis - Chair, Rock island County Supervisors 1960s
  • Herbert A. Dailey - Chair, Rock Island County Supervisors 1964


Customer Testimonial

Sports Personalities And Organizations

  • Gene Autry – California Angels 1964
  • Jack Buck, play-by-play announcer, St. Louis Cardinals 1959
  • Jack Brickhouse – play-by-play announcer, Chicago Cubs
  • Philip K. Wrigley – Chicago Cubs
  • Bobby Douglass – Chicago Bears 1970
  • Warren Giles (1955) – President, National League 1951-1969 -
    • President, Moline Baseball Club 1919
  • Dizzy Dean (1956) – St. Louis Cardinals 1930-1937
    • Chicago Cubs 1938-1941
    • St. Louis Browns 1947
  • Babe Ruth (1947/Fairview Inn) – Boston Red Sox 1914-1919
    • New York Yankees 1920-1934
    • Boston Braves 1935
  • Joe Garagiola – Sportscaster
  • Eddie Matthews – Milwaukee Braves
  • Gene Oliver, Milan – St. Louis Cardinals
  • Johnny Logan – Milwaukee Braves
  • Chuck Tanner – Baseball Manager
  • Bob Lemon – Baseball Player and Manager
  • Jessie Owens – Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Joe Gordon – Baseball player and manager (1959)
  • Doug Buffone – Chicago Bears, 1966-1979
  • Ronnie Bull – Chicago Bears
  • Minnesota Fats – Billiards Champion
  • Van Patrick – Sportscaster
  • Stan Hack – Chicago Cubs – St. Louis Cardinals
  • Ken Bowman, Milan – Green Bay Packers 1964-1973
  • Jerry and Judy Hillebrand, Davenport, Ia. – New York Giants 1963-1966
  • Booker Edgerson – Buffalo Bills 1962-1970
  • Joe Collier, – Coach, Buffalo Bills
  • Charley Brown – Chicago Bears 1968
  • Bob Uecker – St. Louis Cardinals 1964-1965
  • Rich Nye – Chicago Cubs
  • Ron Santo – Chicago Cubs
  • Charles Shriver – Chicago Cubs Public Relations
  • Dike Eddleman – Olympic Athlete
  • Jimmy Jamieson, Moline, Ill. – 1960 Tri-City High School Golf Champion

Milan Little League  1960 – 1972

  • Eugene McGonigle
  • Steve Schauenberg
  • Dave Anthony
  • Bud Crouch, Milan
  • Wayne Whitney, Milan
  • Jay Rankin, Milan
  • Junior Behrens, Milan
  • Allen Simmon, Milan
  • Mike Barkau
  • Tom Kelly
  • Billy Foster
  • Randy Hedar
  • Ed Hendley
  • Lee Kinnamon
  • Henry Volstedt
  • Wendell Morris
  • Ed Fyfe
  • Jim Guss
  • Kenny Handley

Customer Testimonial

Special Guests

  • Amos W. Anderson, Rock Island
  • Andy Anderson, Rock Island
  • Ted and Rosalie Arnold, Rock Island
  • Vicki Arnold, Bettendorf
  • Donald A. Baker, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Sean “The Rock” Bateman, Quad Cities
  • Duane “Bealio” Beale, Moline
  • Betty Bileddo, Quad Cities
  • Don Blacker, Milan
  • Jacki Rankin Blue, Austin, TX
  • Walter Boncek, St. Louis, MO
  • Konnie Boney, Quad Cities
  • Paul and Shirley Booker, Rock Island
  • Roy Booker, Rock Island
  • Richard Booker, Saymer, Wis.
  • D. Patric Burke, Rancho Cordova, Calif.
  • Kenny Bush (Kenny Bush Farms), Milan
  • Fr. John H. Callahan, Milan
  • Donald Cleary, Coal Valley
  • Doris Cleary, Coal Valley
  • Tom “The Coal Valley Kid” Cleary, Bettendorf, Ia.
  • Jim and Marilyn (Cogley) Copeland, Jefferson, Ia
  • Kenneth Criswell, Rock Island
  • Sal Cefalu, Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Bob and Betty Cook, The Riverboaters, Rock Island
  • Janie Cook, Rock Island
  • Paul Crupi, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Joseph P. Delfino, Chicago, Ill.
  • Frank and Doris Dickey, East Moline
  • Paul and Delores Dugan, Milan
  • Dianne Dugan, Denver, Colo.
  • Denise Dugan (Babinski), St. Louis, MO
  • Danny Dugan, East Moline
  • Mary Seymour Dugan, Milan
  • Beuhla Elmore, Rock Island
  • Joseph F. Fackel, Moline
  • Jane Fielder, Davenport
  • Al Fiore, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Judy Gabelhausen, Hamilton, Mt.
  • Leonard and Vicki Geifman, Bettendorf
  • William George, Chicago/South Side
  • Lawrence Gustafson, Leavenworth, KS
  • Fred Haney, Davenport
  • Jerry and Donna Hansen, Rock Island
  • Joe and Lois Heinsen, Milan
  • Joe and Sue Hernandez, Bettendorf, Ia.
  • Bill and Irene Hillmer, Moline
  • Kathleen Hillmer, Moline
  • Nancy Hillmer, Moline
  • Debra Hillmer, Moline
  • Susan Hillmer,Moline
  • Dawn Hixson, Quad Cities
  • Paul J. Horick, Rock Island
  • Larry Huntley, Quad Cities
  • George W. Huntoon Sr., Quad Cities
  • Virginia R. Huntoon, Quad Cities
  • George F. Huntoon, Quad Cities
  • Barbara F. Huntoon (DeKeyrel), Quad Cities
  • Sandee M. Huntoon (Hennessey), Quad Cities
  • George Johnson, Rock Island
  • Ellis Kell, Davenport
  • Don Kelley, Rock Island
  • Otto Kerner, Chicago, Ill
  • Ed Kiely, Quad Cities
  • Robert Klockau, Quad Cities
  • Ruby Klockau, Quad Cities
  • Dave Klockau, Quad Cities
  • Mike Krowitz, Allentown, PA
  • Francis LaCross, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc.
  • Joe Lauber, Davenport, Ia.
  • Don Lee, Aledo
  • Kenny Liggett, Aledo
  • Stanley J. Lipczynski, Rock Island
  • Dr. Harold T. Little, Aledo
  • Hugo H. Lohse, Rock Island
  • Joe Lombardo, Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Susan Stone Loveless, Milan
  • Bob Marks, Rock Island
  • Phyllis and Tony Maniscalco, Rock Island
  • Janice (Scott) McCarter, Quad Cities
  • June McDermott
  • Louis Midlaski, Davenport
  • Jeffrey Morad, Coal Valley
  • Bill Molder, Anton, Texas
  • Jack Morgan, Quad Cities
  • Patty Morris, Quad Cities
  • George and Elaine Mortell, Quad Cities
  • Mary Mortell, Quad Cities
  • Jerry and Jan Mosher, Rock Island
  • Phil Myers, Moline
  • Joseph Navarro, Ohawa, Ill.
  • Dale and Martha Nelson, Los Angeles, CA
  • I.M. Nickel, Chicago, Ill.
  • Keel Nienaber, Princeton, Ill.
  • Robert E. Normoyle, Moline
  • Don L.R. Olsen, Quad Cities
  • Nina Parks
  • Peggy Pedone
  • Robert and Edna Plasschaert, Milan
  • Robert (Bob) Plasschaert, Milan
  • Ann (Plasschaert) Saunders, Milan
  • Roy Plasschaert, Rock Island
  • Ron Plasschaert, Jonesboro, Tenn.
  • C.A. Pepper, Anahauac, Texas
  • Marsha Pruett, Quad Cities
  • Robert Reagan, Highland Springs
  • Paul E. Rink, Rock Island
  • James Russo, Brooklyn, NY
  • Marcella Y. Salvage, Texas
  • Albert A. Sanchez, Bettendorf
  • Dale Sanderfer, Quad Cities
  • Fred Schmidt, Crown Point, Indiana
  • Ralph and Valda Scott, Quad Cities
  • Robert L. and Barbara Scott, Rock Island
  • Travis Semper, Nordheim, Texas
  • Ardith Anne Simpkins, Meridian, ID
  • Judy Simpson
  • David and Sandra Smythe, Waco, Texas
  • Bo Jeffrey Spates, Quad Cities
  • June Spates, Quad Cities
  • Sandra Spates, Quad Cities
  • Timothy Spates, Quad Cities
  • Monte and Clara Steger, The Riverboaters, Rock Island
  • Diane Swanson, Quad Cities
  • James Taylor, Ridgeley, WV
  • Gus and Ginny Tripilas, The Riverboaters, Rock Island
  • Edward “Eddie” Tschappat, Rock Island
  • Lucille (Hughes) Tschappat, Rock Island
  • Larry Tschappat, Rock Island
  • Thomas Terrill, Milan
  • Rebecca Thomas, Cedar Rapids, Ia.
  • Tony Thorpe, Quad Cities
  • Ralph Torbert, Brideltown, PA
  • Steve Toth, Canonsburg, PA.
  • Wagner and Wilma Townley, Taylor Ridge, Ill.
  • Helga Vinson, Quad Cities
  • Carol Marie Vogel
  • Chris Walsh, Meridian, ID
  • Keith Walsh, Boise, ID
  • Lorn and Pat Warner, Geneseo
  • Tanner Warner, Geneseo, Ill.
  • Vincent Watson, Rancho Cordova, Calif.
  • Francis (Tiger) Weaver, Rock Island
  • T.J. Weaver, Coal Valley
  • Jack White, Denver, Colo.
  • Jack Wilson, Moline
  • Patrick Boyd Wilson, Milan
  • John Zsolczal, Lapeer, Mich.

Special Events

  • 200th Port Company, 1st Special Engineers Brigade (1955 Reunion)

Hollywood

  • Rory Calhoun, Los Angeles, CA Actor
  • Robert Cummings, Hollywood, CA Actor
  • Jimmy Dean, Olton, Tex. Country music singer, Actor
  • Frank (The Riddler) Gorshin, Pittsburgh, PA, Actor
  • Clu Gulager, Holdenville, OK Actor
  • Robert Young, Chicago, Ill. Actor