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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 1902.
THE CONTEMPORARY PRE
The Volks Zeitung
TEE ROCK ISLAND UNION
History of the Morning Paper.
The Moline Dispatch
. X the early pioneer days the Gcr
inn newspnier already sought
n foothold in Rock Island. The
Yolkshlatt was established in ls.",o
by the (iernian-Auiericnn poet-physician.
Francesco (!iolin. whose wi
dow still resides in Kock Ul:iml. This
paer had lnt a short duration. In
1.7 Magnus Mueller founded the
Kock 'Islander Koebnchter. which
VAL .1. PETKK
likewise existed 'but a short, time.
The third German newspaper, the
"Chronik cles Westens." published by
Adam and ..George 1-eiberkiiecli t .
Jnade its first a ppen ra nee in Rock
Island on January 1st. 1 "(. It fareil
little better than its predecessors
and after. a short time gave up the
struggle for existence..
For the next fifteen years Rock Is
land was without a (ierinan news
paper. During this period the tier
man population was reinforced by a
considerable number of emigrants
in consequence of which mnintain
ance for the next paper was assured.
The now existing Semi-Weekly
Yolks Zeitung was established by
Carl Winter. Its initial number ap
ertred on August ."JOth. 1S7.". It was
but a small 20x.: sheet of four tive
colnnin pa ires.
Its office was on the corner of
Washington :in I Illinois- st reet.--. now
corner Second avenue and Seven
teenth street. Mr. Winter foiin 1
Tilt: Tri-City Press Club, is an or
1 ganizatioii representing some sixty
of the working newspaer meir of the
cities of Kock Island. Mi. line and Dav
enHrf. The condition of active
nieinliership is identification" Vvilh the
editorial or business departments of
the papers of the three cities. Two
other classes of tnemlership are hon
orary anil non-resident. The club
was organized at a banquet tendered
representati ves of the press of the
three cities at ISIack Hawk Inn. by
Charles McIIugh. then manager of the
jHipular resort, and General Majiairer
J. F. Lardner of the Tri-City Railway
company, in September, ls'.is. fr
some years prior to that event the
idea of forming a tri-cit'v press club
had been discussed, but it took this
very pleasant occasion to bring it to
a realization. The club at its start
elected Messrs. McTIugh and I.ardner
to honorary membership, and since
has added H. K. Downer of Daven
port. James Whitcomb Kiley and Sir
Kolwrt Kail to that list.
The first officers of the club were:
President Walter Johnson, Kock
Vice presidents .1. K. Calkins. Dav
enport. P. S. McGlynn. Moline.
Secretary-treasurer I. H. McKcev-
The club meets monthly alternately
in the three cities during nine months
of the year and its annual meetings
nnd banquets are held at Black
Hawk's Watch Tower. The present
President II. P. Simpson, Kock Is
land. Vice presidents S. W. Searle, Dav
enport, T. I. Stanley. Moline.
Secretary-treasurer J. II. Mc
The following is the present mem
bership of the club:
J. K. Brandenburg, Union, Kock Is
land. J. E. Calkins. Democrat. Davenport.
J. M. Colligan. Argus. Kock Island.
K. D. Collins, Uepublican, Daven
port. K. W. Cram, Democrat, Davenport.
C. W. Daly, Republican. Davenport.
Kdward Downr. Times, Davenport.
Y. F. Eastman, Dispatch. Moline.
T. J. Keeney, leader. Davenport.
A. T. Foster, Dispnteh. Moline.
.7. E. Halligan, Leader, Davenport.
Walter Johnson, Union, Rock Is
land. J. J. La Yelle. Argus. Hock Island.
Malcolm MacKinnon, Republican,
P. S. IcGl3Tin, Dispatch, Moline.
THE ARGUS AND ITS STORY
Continued from Ninth Page.
rence Johnson, Herbert Burdette,
John Andrews, Walter Andrews, El
mer Hanson, Arthur Ileimbeck, Hen
rv Brockmann, Roy Frazier, Raymond
Summers, It. D. Bullock, Will Muens-James
such supxrt that lie was able in
enlarge his paper within three weeks
after the first publication. Mr. Win
ter's paper flourished until March
1st. ls'-'. when he sold the same to
George S. lechner. who came here
from Johnstown. Pa. Mr. Winter mov
ed front here to Danville, Ills., where
he published successfully the Deut
sche Zeitung until two years ago.
when he died in London. Eng.. on a
journey to the Fa t her la ml. Mr.
1 chner after n few mouths sold
the Yolks Zeitung to F. I'rotar,
through whose efforts the paper was
brought to a -flourishing condition.
After a prosperous ten years" career
Mr. I'rotar on April lt, is::, sold
his journal to the Kock Island-Moline
Yolks Zeitung Publishing company,
consisting of ' prominent tier
man citiens of Kock Island and Mo
line. The paper was manage! by
.Messrs. I'atil Kersch anil August
llangen. These mi II were less suc
cessful limit their predecessor and
on July 1. ls.97, John I". Kieffer. of
Kemsen. la., undertook the publica
tion of the paer. which h- contin
ued for exactly two years. Mr. Kicf
fer is nga'ti at Kemsen engaged in
newspaper publication, (iustav Don
ald of Davenport bought the Yolks
Zeitung on July 1st. lvt'.l, and pub
lished the same tintil July 1st. HMU,
when it came into the hands of Ynl.
J. Peter.of Peoria. I lis. M r. I'eter began
his newspaper career thirteen years
ng. as a compositor for ihe Yolks
Zieifimg. He has a large acquain
tance in Kock Island and has always
considered this eity his home. Four
years ago he went from here to
Peoria, where he was engaged until
his return to this city as city editor
for the Daily Peoria Sonne, one of
the largest, and most influential Ger
nian newspajM'rs in the west. During
the brief eriod of Mr. Peter's man
agement the Yolks Zeitung was
brought to a degree of excellence
leyond that of any previous time in
its history. The Yolks Zeitung is is
sued every Tuesday anil Friday nf
ternooii. It Js of standard size, hav-ing-
eight six-column sheets.
J. II. McKeever. Mail. Moline.
Charles E. May, Mail. Moline.
Adolph Peterson. Iowa Keform,
- J. J. Richardson, Democrat,' Daven
port.. August Kichter, Der Demokrat,
F. W. Kinck, Union. Kock Island.
S. W. Searle, leader; Davenport.
F. I:. Sharon, Catholic Messenger.
11. P. Simpson, .rgus, Kock Island
'J". 1. Stanley, Journal, Moline.
John Slimline, Dispatch, Moline.
1!. F. Tillinghast, Democrat, Daven
Aleck Anderson, Democrat, Daven
J. X. Brands. Republican, Daven
J. E. Hardman, Times, Davenport.
A. .;. Anderson, Augustana, Kock
F. O. Van Galdcr, Modern Wood
man. Kock 'Island.
J. F. Egan. Modern Woodmen News
Kureaii, Kock Island.
Paul Kersch, Kock Island.
L. P. McClarren, Republican, Dav
enport. J. Hugh Harrison, Leader, Daven
Henry Tagge, Leader, I)avenort
Robert Rexdale, Fraternal Tribune,
E. E. Huffuin. Argus, Rock Island
E. 1. Adler, Times, Davenort.
Fred Lind, Dispatch. Moline.
Ellsworth Kundqiiist, Mail, Moline.
F. J. Mueller, Argus, Rock Island.
Alfred Christenson, Argus, Rock
J. M. Farnham. Journal, Moline.
W. L. Eastman, Journal, Moline.
. G. E. Holt, Journal, Moline.
Yal J. I'eter, Yolks Zeitung, Kock
R. II. P.. MacCrorie, Republican,
A. L. Volkers, Mail, Moline.
E. C. Kerry, Unionist. Rock Island.
Albert Engel, Yolks Zeitung, Rock
W. P. Quayle, Rock Island.
Herbert Churchill, Colorado
Springs, Colo. v
Myron Jordan, Denver.
If. E. Downer, Davenport.
J. F. Lardner, Davenport.
Charles McIIugh. Rock Island.
James Whitcomb Riley, Indianap
olis. I nl.
Sir Robert Hall, England.
ter, Theodore Anderson, Julian
Lamp, Paul Lamp.
County- Correspondents J. C. Van-derburg-,
F. E. Crompton, S. W".
Heath, Miss Lucy Watson, John
O'Mealia, Mrs. S. -W. Simmons, Miss
Ida Howen. J. F. McXabney, Charles
A. Beers, C. B. Ellis. R. P. Wait,
Anderson, S. E. Ritchey.
THE Union. Rock Island's morning
repiililiean newspaper, was lrn in
war times, with the war spirit to ex
cite and the war stress to embarrass
it. It was the offspring of the Rock
Island Register and tin- Moline Inde
pendent. The Independent stopped
publication in August. 1m12, jiml its
material was brought to Kock Island
for the purpose of starting a new
county paper by J. A. Kuek. u brother
in law of the editor. Col. K. 11. (Ira
ham, who had enlisted at the out
break of hostilities and until taken
ill had been doing great service in
F. W. KINCK
? ltusiru'ss Minaiicr. ;
organizing the troops. The paper
came out in November all right, b.it
a few days h'ter Col. (iraham died
and Mr. Kuek was compelled by fi
nancial shortness to drop the daily
edition and concentrate his means
upon the weekly, which continued
publication from the first without in
In May. lsi;::. Col. M. S. Karnes pur
chased the office and rcviwvl the daily
as an evening; paper, in which shape
't continued to appear until Dec tu
ber. IstWi. when (apt. L. M. Haver
stick, another returned veteran who
had served and been wounded in a
Maryland regiment, bought the estab
lishment and the Daily Union became
a morning newspacr.
("apt. llaverstiek had the !n!; of
M. D. Merrill, a former sheriff, as
pnrtner from 1m'7 to 1 -'!: between
lsf.'. and 1.72 his associate was Rich
ard Crampton and the office was re
moved from the Mitchell Lmle
building to the Peter Fries building
on Second avenue above when- the
crockery department of Yo.mg V
MeCombs is now located. In IsT:! .
A. B:rnhart. a practical jrintt-r from
Knoxville. secured a half interest.
All part nerships had been whipped
;ut ly repurchases on the- part of
("apt. llaverstiek in the spring f
THE Moline Daily Journal and Semi
' Weekly Journal are the outcome
of tlie Moline Republican. Tlie lat
ter was launched April i'.D. lSS. under
the mangenicnt of Sam Kennedy,
who some time before had been con
nected with tlie Dispatch. For a
numlicr of years it was operated by
Kennedy & Co., with Mr. Ken
nedy as editor mid manujrer. In
later years the management passed
to other hands and finally it was
sold to the Porter Printing company.
Ze-deker & Rend were
the next own-
crs of the paper.
and still later it
Myron Jordan and
THE first issue of a paper bearing
the name of the Port By roil Globe
made its ti ppen ranee Oct. If', liSSO, J.
W. Simpson being editor and proprie
tor. Feb. 22. 1SS4, he sold out to Iless
it Owen. The firm of Hess & Owen
continued till July 1, lS, when 0. A.
Metzgar purchased the interest of
Mr. Hess, the firm then being Metzgar
& Owen. Mr. Metzgar remained with
the Globe until December of the same
The Un'oit building on Eighteenth
street was erected in 1s'T:!, money to
aid its const ruef ion being loaned by
Dr. C. Truesdale, who afterward be-
I . L ...MI.M. hi. J
L ; J
KM I tor.
Ciime its nwivr, anil ri-ni was paid
until iss.i w-l:ei! the Union Priming
Co., i.'btained a loan from the Kock
Island Mutual I'.iiihling association
and Dr. Truesdale executed a deerl
for the property. For nearly ten
ears afterwards monthly payments
were required to the l'.ui!:ling asso
ciatii.ii in addiiion to the heavy tolN
of "tlie Associated Press, and the pa-inent-
ti"er fa-led thotigh it toolall
the im'iiey earned to meet tliem.
The Uni hi Printing Co. was organ
izcil i:i 1-T! with a capital of S.Mt.tMin.
Cnp. H iM-rsiii U retained a half in
terest an I ('apt ! Arilutr E. Weils and
Walter Johnson seoerel a quartet
each. This alliance lasted only till
September when (apt. llaverstiek
soid to (apt. James J. Parks ami
("apt. II. C. Clea velaml. and the latter
took charge of ihe business end in
place, of Mr. John.-on. In July. Is7.".
('apt. (leaveland transferred his
stock to ( apt. Parks, and in August
Archibald A. Morey bought the Parks
The Moline Journal
Ezra I.. Eastman, the latter having
started the Journal, a third, paper,
which when the joint purchase was
made was consolidated with the Re
publican and the paper was conduct
ed as Ihe Ki publican-Journal until
the fall of lS'.i'.i, when Mr. Jordan re-
T. I. STANLEY
turned from the war ami purchased
Mr. Eastman's interest, ehanirinjr the
name to the .Moline Journal and com
ing out as a -straight democratic
paper, rather ihan as an indepen
dent, which it had been up to that
time. Mr. Jorl;;n linilt up the busi
ness largely, installing new machin
ery, etc.. but July 11 last, owing to
failing health, he sold to the pres-
I . . V-r .
The Port Byron Globe
ty ear When he sold his interest to his
partner. The next change in owner
ship was in November. 1S0I5. when W.
D. Hall purchased an interest in the
plant and business and the firm of
Owen Sr Hall existed until March 1.
1S08, when Mr. Hall and Frank Mc
Meekin bought Mr. Owen's interest,
the partnership then' formed being
styled Hall & McMeekin and thus con
tinues. The Globe office is equipped with
F. AY. McMEEKIN D. HALL J
interest and took charge of the busi
ness department as secretary ami
treasurer. in February, 1S7G, Mr.
Morey sold out to (.'apt. Parks to re
turn to California and ('apt. Parks
sold one quarter to ('apt. llaverstiek,
and the other quarter to George M.
I. iiken, who assumed the manage
ment of the job printing department.
In Octolier. bsTfi. William Henry
Iltirdet t, who had shortly before been
employed as reporter, purchased
("apt. Haverstick's quarter and he
finally retired. Mr. Luken sold out to
his associates in 177. In ls"-I ('apt.
J Wells, one of the fastest compositors
)in the country, received a call from
tlie New York Times to make up its
weekly edition and decided to accept.
I here was a stock transfer to Seth
Morgan, then in charge of ihe busi
ness office and ('apt. Wells departed.
Mr. Morgan left tlie Union in i he fall
if iss:! to assume the business man
a pre in en t of the Davenport Gazette.
and afterwards sold the Wells stock,
which had been reduced to L'li shares,
to M r. Johnson.
Mr. .Hurdett, who had been presi
dent of the company from 1S77 to the
beginning of the year isss. at this
period found himself ill and depressed
from repeated attacks of rheuma
tism, and desirious of retiring from
business cares, lie found a purchas
er in II. ('. Ashbaugh. anil the half
interest which Mr. Ashbaugh bought
made him president of the company,
lie continued in this relation very
pleasantly for two years and then
made terms which enabled Mr. John
son to purchase his stock that he
might acquire a newspaper at Eau
Claire. Wis., whither he desired to go.
With Mr. Johnson as editor is as
sociated Julius K. Brandenburg as
city editor and Frederick W. Riiick
as business manager. They are men
of approved ability in their respec
tive lines, with whom he is well
en t. owners and is now one of 1h
iii'ncTc iif on, o f the largest iob
printing plants in Denver.
Upon securing Ihe paper from Mr.
Jordan, the present owners formed
a stock company capitalized at $'.UKii.
the stock being owned by the officers
WAR KEN L. EASTMAN"
Presiilent T. I. Stanley.
Secretary Warren L. Eastman.
; Treasurer J. Maurice Farnham.
Since taking- hold, the company
has made many improvements in the
paper. All are practical printers,
and have been connected with the
papers and job 'printing- offices of
Moline for a number of years.
power presses and up-to-date type in
its newspaper and job departments.
The present owners of the Globe,
Messrs. Hall X McMeekin. are both
skilled in the business and mechani-
chl departments of the printing busi
ness. Mr. Hall has had twenty-two
years' experience in the editorial and
mechanical branches, while Mr. Mc
Meekin possesses thorough knowledge
of the duties of business' manager
and is a first-class solicitor..
THE Moline Daily Dispatch was
brought into being- as :i fonr-eol-ninn
folio July 1S7S. .by Oliver
White and his good wife. In one
year tlie Whites sold to Sam Kenne
dy, together with the weekly edition
that they had established. Mr. Ken
nedy ran the papers till Dcceinlier,
hands of the Dean P. rot hers. F. (.
ami .1. II. During the regime of Mr.
Kennedy, the Weekly Review, which
had been established in lsiis, was
merged with tlie Disputch. whose
weekly edition has since that time
been known, as the Review-! )ispa1 eh.
making it the oldest paper still sur
viving in .Moline. antedating the
Dally Dispatch ten years. The daily
was enlarged by Mr. Kennedy to a
seven-column folio. .November lit,
isS.-!. the Deans sold a half interest
in their business to Newton J. Hub
bard. Hubbard lived only seven weeks al
ter acquiring this interest, dying
Jan. 1. isx-l. For the next fourteen
or fifteen months, which were streu-
passed into the
P. S. McG LYNN" V. F. EASTMAN
The Moline Mail
THOUGH the youngest
Paiiers in the count v
of the daily
Paiiers in the county the Moline
Evening Mail is one of the most popu
lar and progressive. It. is the out
growth of The Sunday Mail, started
Sunday. April 2. is!).'!, by T. I. Stanley.
This edition became at once popular
and grew until under the same man
agement the daily edition was start
ed and The Evening Mail came into
existence as an afternoon paper,
March 11. ISO.". It is independent in
politics. Front the inception of the
daily edition Charles E. May was as
sociated in the ownership and soon
afterward Charles Wilson became an
owner, later retiring. Five and a
half years ago W. A. Jones purchas
ed the interest held by Mr. Stanley,
The Reynolds Press
THE Reynolds Pre:
printed in Key-
nolds. KJ niih
south of Rock Is
land, enjoys the distinction of being
the only paper in Rock Island county
published south of Rock river. The
plant, was purchased new by Jesse A.
THE PRESS IN GENERAL
Continued from Ninth Page.
Min tiie I. Cloverdale.
months the attempt to
make a success of it was given up.
Tlie next evening daily was repub
lican :n complexion and came out two
years after the Post, became dead
timber. It was tlie Rock Island Star
published by the Banna-McCartney
company. After two months of
more or less intense radiance its
light ceased to shine.
The last new paper was intended
also to be of the evening republican
variety. This wns Ihe Kock Island
Republican, which Durant. Howard
began in October. 1000, in the vain
hope that, it would be carried into
public favor on the tidal wave of
the presidential . campaign. Instead
of a daily, as had been intended, the
sheet appeared as a- weekly. A few
weeks was the extent of its life.
Papers Published in Iiock Island.
The three newspapers now publish
ed in the city are the Daily and
Weekly Argus. Daily and Weekly
Union and the Yolks Zeitung, the lat
ter being a. bi-weekly. Other publi
cations emanating from the city are
the Modern Woodman. Fraternal
Tribune, the Tri-City Unionist, Au
gustana, "the Olive Leaf, Korsbaneret,
Augustana Journal and Barnens
Tidnings, the five last named being
printed by the Lutheran Augustana
P.ook Concern, and he Mississippi
Valley Merchant and Manufacturer.
The Modern Woodmen is edited by
F. O. Van Galder, the Fraternal Trib
une by Robert Rexdale, the Tri-City
Unionist by E. C. Berry, Augustana
by Rev. S. P. A. Lindahl, and the Mis
sissippi Valley Merchant and Manu
facturer by W. P. Quayle.
uous times in Moline nevvspaperdom,
the business was conducted alter
nately by F. O. uud J. H. Dean.
March 1.-), iss.-,. the Dean Print inr
company was organized, and to it.
was transferred the business. July
1, 1SS.1, the Dean Printing company
being in hard straits, transferred it's
business to the Union Printing com
pan.Y of Kock
t n dn vs later.
Island, from whom,
it was purchased by
P. S. McGlxtiu an 1 John K
( I room
illy in IS!) I.
Dispatch Publishing company,
d.ling of the stock. Mr.
retirtvl June 1. istn. selling'
his interest to W. F
which time Messrs.
Fast ma u have been
Fast ma n. since
the ownership of
Groom the size of t h
lailv was in
creased to eight-coliiiuu folio, and
under McGlynn an I Eastman it has
become a seven-column quarto, or
just twice the size it was in iss.",,
when purchased by McGlynn and
when he went to
search of gold and
Jones & May, Mr.
the Klondike in
the firm became
editor. On March 10. 1002
sold his half interest to
I. H. Mc
Keever, for four years city editor,
who then became editor. Mr. May re
mained business manager and the firm
name was changed to that of May Sr
McKeever and the name of the paper
made The Moline Evening Mail.
In the summer of 1001 The Mail
building was erected at 1420 Fifth
avenue, two stories and basement and
the paper established in its new $10,
The Weekly Mail was established
Sept. 14, 1S00.
Winger in ISO! and started business
as the Aledo Press, a democratic par
tisan paper, in the county seat of
Mercer county. Proving a financial
failure in lhat city, it was moved to
Reynolds in January, isoii. In Febru
ary. 1S0T. Mr. Winger sold the plant,
to the present editor and business
manngvr, Guy V. Pettik who con
ducts it as a strictly non-partisan
In September, 1000, the old Vaughn
Ideal hand press was succeeded by si
large drum cylinder which, together
with a modern job press, is run by a
2-lmrse power gasoline engine. The
thoroughly equipjM'd job department
is in charge of J. II. McCartney. The
Press is issued every Friday morniiiir.
It. has a well trained corps of twenty-live
or more correspondents.
In misfortune even to sinile ia to of
Generosity is the flower of justice.
Every one can master a grief but he
that has it. Shakespeare.
Nothing Is more friendly to a man
than a friend In need. Plautus.
The plea of Ignorance will never take
away onr responsibilities. Ruskln.
Pride is as loud a beggar as want
nnd a great deal more saucy. Frank
lin. Young men thlak old men fools, and
old men know young men to be so.
Me tea If.
Modesty seldom resides in a breast
that is not enriched with nobler vir
Never be afraid of what ia good. The
good is always the road to what Is
If we could read the secret history
of our enemies, y e should find In each
man's life sorrow and suffering enough
to disarm all hostility. Longfellow.
He Ah. those days' of our young
love! Yon remember that afternoon
you promised to meet me and didn't
come? IIow I raved!
She Just like a man! And there was
I, suffering agonies, trying on that
dress you liked so much. Life.
French botanists are endeavoring to
vaccinate plants against parasitic dis
eases. As the elementary functious
arc the same. in animals and plants
there seems to be no reason why their
diseases, whether arising from mi
crobes or fungus, should not be treated
In the same way. j