- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

NEW BOSTON, Ill. (AP) - Donations from two late western Illinois women will be used to create a foundation aimed at economic development in Mercer County.

The Quad-City Times reports (https://bit.ly/1dy6WHy ) sisters Dorothy Looser-Flake and Roberta Looser bequeathed $6 million to form the Looser-Flake Foundation.

The organization will “advance economic development and further cultural and educational opportunities” in Mercer County. It will have a particular focus on New Boston Township, which is about 30 miles southwest of Moline.

The sisters were born and raised on their family’s Mercer County farm. Both became teachers.

Dorothy Looser-Flake was born in 1913 and died in 2006. Her sister Roberta Looser was born in 1919 and died in 2011.

The foundation is expected to distribute money starting later this year.

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