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THE AKGTJS, SATURDAY, APRIL 2fi, 1902.
Tf I.' flmt ovrtoiMonA nf 1 Ik.
"TT" I people of Buck Is a ml
I I county with a railway en-
I terprise cost them dearly.
In truth a sum was ex
pended with no returns
which would now be suf
ficient to build two court
houses such as the present
structure. Although this took place
in 1S.VI it is doubtful iT the blow to
the county's finances has licon entire
ly recovered from it to this day. Tin"
Warsaw &- Koekford Railroad com
panv was desirious of building
through Koek Island to connect tin
Tin yard in this city is now used to
handle the overflow from Hawthorn
and the local . business. Originally
the Hock Island ran its passenger
trains to Twentieth street in this city,
but as the through business became
important that practice was abandon
ed and the passenger station was
built on .Fifth avenue at ..hirfy-sec-ond
street. Last, fall the erection of
a new depot was begun on a site pur
chased just west of the old structure.
The total cost of ihis will lie .7.",ooi)
when 'complete, Recently this road
pass"tl nominally tinder the control
of what is known as the Moore svn-
laid out and graded several miles
west from Milan at which point it
was to connect with the Peoria road.
Some difficulty in collect ing the bonus
that had been offered by the lower
end .-residents occurring, work was
stopped before any track had been
laid and ' the present course was
chosen Intersecting" the Peoria roail
at Orion. Passenger trains then
reached Kock Island from the south
over the I'eoria road from Orion.
when1 the junction was made. The
new road was not a financial success.
Its bonds at the time of its con
struction had been sold to a party
of (iermaii capitalists and when, in
1S75, insolvency overtook it, the bond
holders bought the concern through
Ilayniau Osterberg, their ag"ent. Jt
was then reorganized and named the
St. Louis, Kock Island & Chicago.
Mr. Osterberg undertook the tempor
ary operation of the line while trying-
to profitably dispose of it. One
of his assistants at this time was If.
R. Cable. The Uock Island was laying-
plans to secure the line when the
C. It. v J. appeared on the scene and
closed a ileal with Mr. Osterberg at
a good figure. This was in Ihe sum
mer of ls7t.
nll'-t i I-
ROCK ISLAND PASSENGER STATION.
two points after which it tjk its
name and this county, although hav
ing" a population if but littk" over
7,0"0, voted to issue bonds for $IOO.
O'Mi to help the project along-. As
much more was subscribed privately
but the roail was n:t built. With
this lesson fresh in mind it istiot to
Ik wondered at that the fhicag-o.
& Rook Island roail, afterwanl the
('., R. I. & P., did not meet with as
liberal a support as had been hoped
for when it entered the town in 1 -.1l .
This latter road, the first to touch
the upper Mississippi, was of the ut
most importance to the development
of the community. I.and values
doubled in a short time after its ad
vent ami the first real boom was, ex
perienced. The road soon pushed on
west erecting- at this oint the first
bridge to span the Mississippi.
The Rock Island.
Till present, name, the Chicago.
Kot'k Island - Pacific, or for shoi't,
and as it is known the world over.
Ihe Kock Island, was assumed in
lsf5, when a consolidation was ef
fected with the Mississippi & Mis
souri company. This road has been
probably the greatest of all factors
in establishing- the ultimate import
ance of the tri-cities. lorating, a;', it
did, the first crossing place on the
Mississippi here and aiding in bringing-
this way u large portion of the
commerce between the east ami the
west. In addition to this the name
of the city and county has been her
alded far an 1 wide through its con
nection with the big system.
Another thing" which has resulted
in some advantage to this community
is the fact that Kock Island has been
the home of the Cables, who up to t he
presnt year for a long period held
the controlling- interest in the cor
poration. For a dozen years, also,
Kock Island wan the freight an 1 pas
senger terminus for the Illinois, East
ern Iowa and Southwest divisions and
during that time the disbursement! of
the road here amounted to StO.OOO n
month. The freight terminus is still
in the county, having been removed
to Hawthorn, the eastern suburb of
Moline, last spring. Kock Island
continues to be the end of the three
The orig-inal bridge built across the
Mississippi river from Kock Island to
the Iowa shore was replaced by a
new one completed in 1S7:$ at a cost
of $T.000,0o0. The government and
the road divided the exiense with the
understanding" that the latter should
be the only line to have the use of
the structure. It was originally
built with but one track. In less
than 20 years this was found to lie
totally inadequate to handle the busi
ness required of it. So the bridge was
remodeled in the season of 1890 and
room made for two tracks. The Kock
Island is the only road having" a
double track through the county and
this was put in years ago." The Rork:
Island also owns more land in .the
city and county thnn any other road,
besides. its right of way It has two
large yars and the. valuable tract in
this city lying" east of Twentieth
street and north of Second aTenue. !
dicale, but the change hris not as yet
atft cted the rclath-us of the company
with th;s coniiiHinit y.
T'-1K right-of-way for a portion of
the present lines of the C, 1'.. &
(). was chartered about the time the
Kock Is 1 :i n c I road entered the count v.
In is. ,4 the Sterling Kock Island
road was lauiiehi-d an. I was granted
a tract of o acres of land by this
county. Tiie company never carried
out its plans and soon after the wai
its rights were purchased by the
Koekford. Kock Island & St. l.uis
roail. In W.'.i this latter company
complete. 1 the line to Sterling. It
also built a spur now owned by t he
Milwaukee from Port P.yron Junction
to Port l'yron. The .following year
this company's line from St. bonis,
now the St. Louis division of the t).
was brought up and connected with
the north branch in Ziima. crossing
Kock river at Cleveland. .
It was the original intention to
reach Kock Island through the lower,
end of the count and a route was
BURLINGTON ROUTE STATION.
D., R. I. 6c N. W. DEPOT.
The Kock Island road having pre
viously in some manner secured pos
session of the track originally built
by the Koekford. Kock Island & St
Louis from Kock island to Port I5y
ron .1 unci ion, the Q found itself with
out an independent line into the city.
For a time the Kock Island track
were use:l to Col. ma but this arrange
ment was not satisfactory. Accord
ingly steps were taken to get another
track through Kock Island and Mo
line. This led to the hardest fought
contest ever waged between two rail
way companies in this county. The
Kock Island roail contested every
inch of the way. The roundhouse of
the latter road had been set out far
enough in the slough so that it was
believed no roail would g-o rov.nd it
and the waterworks pumping- plant
at Twenty-fourth street in this city
was believed to present an insurmount
able obstacle. In spite of it all the Q,
through a series of aggressive Jind at
times brilliant moves, attained its
goal and in 1S70 succeeded in push
ing its track to its own depot at the
loot of Sixteenth street. About Ihis
Rock Island as a Maker of Prominent Railroad Men.
Till- railroad history of Kock Island
would not lie complete without
reference to Ihe unusual number of
those who here made their start and
afterwards attained exceptional dis
tinction in the railroad world. Pest
known, locally, perhaps, on account
of the .fact that he still claims this
partment of the old Koekford. Kock
lsl::iid- St. Louis road in this city.
He went from here to the MinueajHiIis
S- St. Louis, was later vice president
mi I general manager of the Kock Is
land, anil is now president of the
La ek a wanna system.
Then there is Marvin Iliighitt, who
terward entered the employ of the
Ihirliiigtoii and was promoted step
by step until he reached the position
of superintendent of the Kock Island
and St. Louis division, in which ca
pacity he became well known to the
people of this city, lie was later ad
vanced steadily until he became gen-
Island & St. Louis division of the linr
lington, and hence became more or
less associated with Kock Island, is
now general manager of the Heading
C. M. Hays, president of the South
ern Pacific, was born in Kock Island.
J. V. Mnhonev, now chairman of the
.Joseph (iaskell, now treasurer of
the Minneapolis & St. Louis road,
started with the Kock Island & Peoria
road in this city.
Oeorge P. Lyman, assistant general
freight agent of the l.urlingtoii at St.
Paul, began in the oflieeof thecity di
the company in Hock Island.
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K. R. CAULK."
W. If. TKITKSHALK
W. C. BROWN.
city as his home, is IJ.. K. Cable, for
many j-ears president - and g-encral
manager of the Kock Island road and
now chairman of the Ixiard of direc
tors of that company; who began here
in a very humble cajiacity, rising
triro'ugli "inherent enerpy-and ability
o the presidency, and later becoming
chairman of the board of ilirectors of
the famous system which. boars the
city'n name. - . ". I . ;
V. II. Truesdale, n Kock Island loy,
began as a cle)-k in the. auditing de-
began life at the foot of the railroad
ladder here in Kock Island, and is now
president of the Chicago & North
western railway and is reg-arded as
one of the veteran railroad men in
high position in the country today.
Among- the more not able examples of
the association of what are today
prominent names in railroad manage
ment comes W. C, Tirown. Years ag-o
he was a freight handler on the old
Western Union road running into
Kock Island from the north. He af-
eral manager of the Hurlington sys
tem, an office he resigned about a
year ag"o to become vice president and
g-eneral jnanag-er of the I-ake Shore &
Michigan Southern. He had been in
this position less than a year when
ho was made vice president in charge
of the entire operating" department
of the greatest of modern railroad
systems, the New York CentraL '
' W. (1. Hosier, who like r. Hrown
began his nctive railroad career as
division superintendent of the Koek
Western Trunk line committee in
Chicag-o was in his early clays of railroading-
with the Kock Island & Peoria
road, in this city.
Edward S. Keelej-, now general
freight agent of the Milwaukee, is an
other of the graduates of the Rock
Island Sr Peoria's school of railroad
George Simpson, now assistant gen
eral, freight agent of the Alton road
in St. Louis, had his beginning in
II. 1L Segur. western ageht fosthe
Burlington at Billings, Mont., is a Rock
Island county boy, and had his first
experience in railroading in Kock Is
A. E. Still well, the promoter of the
Southwestern railroad project, was
formerly in the insurance business, in
Moline. ' ,
L. M. Allen, a native of Davenport,
pnd a tri-city boy, is now assistant
lrneral passenger agent of the.' Rock
Island at Chjoago.
time the use of the Peoria road to
Orion was discontinued. A few
years later the present bridge across
Koek river was built and the one at
Cleveland abandoned, Ihus afford
ing a shorter route to Kock Island
There were no other important
track changes made in this county
by the Q till less than a year ago
when the company effected a joint
arrangement with the Milwaukee road
for the use of the entire property of
the O. K. I N. W. including the
bridge between this city and Daven
port. Since then the road has been
running- its St. Louis-St. Paul pas
senger trains between the tri-cities
and Clinton over the line on the Iowa
side of the river, using the old line
on this side mainly for the through
freight business. The Q and Mil
waukee are said to be equal partners
in the ileal, which is a lease for a long-
The roundhouse occupied by the
Burlington was years ago located
alnive Twentieth street but the Kock.
Island road secured possession of the
site and quarters between Fourteenth
:md Fifteenth streets were taken.
The old freight and passenger depot
originally constructed by the Koek
ford. Rock Island Sr St. Louis at the
foot of Sixteenth street continued in
use till a year ago. In 1S'J5 land for a
new depot was bought east of Twen
tieth street and south of Second av
enue, where the present station stands.
The work of construction was begun
in the fall of 1899 and the building
was occupied in February, 1901.
This marks the finest improvement
ever undertaken in Ruck Island by a
railroad company. The total cost
approximated well toward $150,000.
The recent passing- of the Q into the
hands of the Hill-Harriman syndicate
does not appear to carry any partic
ular local significance.
THE Chicago. Milwaukee & St. Paul
road was formerly the Western
I'nion. Under that name the pres
ent line was built in 1S70 through the
upper end of the county to connect
with the stub line from Port Byron
Junction to Port Byron, then under
the control of the Kock Island. This
stub was purchased by the Western
Union and an arrangement made for
the .use of the tracks of the Rock
Island from what is now East Moline
to Rock Island. The two roads oc
cupied the depot recently abandoned
by the Milwaukee on Twentieth
street, and Western Union's business
was looked after by the other road's
employes. When the Kock Island
built its Fifth avenue depot the West
ern Union kept the old depot and
soon afterward put in an agent.
About the jear 1SS1 the Western
LTnion was absorbed as a part of the
system by which it had been actually
controlled for some time and from
that time it was called the Chicago.
Milwaukee & St. Paul. The Rock Is
land tracks were used to thia city
from Port Byron Junction till last
April, when the joint arrangement
was made with the Q for the use of
the D. R. I. & N. W. facilities. The
old depot was nsed as a freight house
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