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REMINISCENCES OF ROCK ISLAND
WRITTEN Klin THK AliOI'S BY HON.,
W I M.I AM JAl'KSON.
In began my iirst acquaintance
with the law and the lawyers of Rock
Island county. When a student of the
law I had occasion to visit the court
hour- at Rock Island and was then
permitted to lake my scat within the
bar A I VS' rn-d io the arginiitfts
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HON. WILLIAM JACKSON.
of the lawyers on legal point and
noted the technical objections made
and urged hcrh in the trial of cases
and in other proc-edines 1 was fearful
for my fuure. ';-- i' possible that I
would ever have the confidence suffi
cient to stand before the court? I
knew hut lif t J' of thf history of the
court of Rock Island county and its
lawyers before I became a student.
1 attended court at one time as a
witness in a law suit concerning the
Methodist parsonae in Moline. I re
member well the lawyers who r pre
sented the plaintiffs, the firm of Pleas
ants A: Henderson. Mr. Pleasants, af
terwards judt. was then a young,
hand-ome man. with curly hair. It
Impressed rue bcanse of the ease and
in: assuming confidence in which he
tried that, case ami won it. His part
ner. Mr. Henderson, afterwards moved
There are yet living many citizens
of Rock Island who lemtinber the
place where the first court was held,
the house of John I.tirndl, as it was
called. It was a plain, unpretentious
fiame building ami stood a short dis
tance west of the residence of the Hon.
Hen T. Cable. t was used for other
purposes decide holding court, as a
tavern with a bar. where the quests
slept upstairs on the straw and reach
ed the lodging place bj a ladder.
Miany I'liiiMtii HnrM.
There were many lloating traditions
about the law and lawyers of our
county when 1 first became connected
with the court. I lit ai d much of the
murder of Col. Davenport and the trial
of his murderers an I their execution.
The whole country was permeated
with the story. I luard a great deal
about a horse trial bet ween.Johu Tiu
ilall on the one hand ami some person
whose uanie- I now forgot. For the
amount invoivtd it was notoriously
costly. This case had i:. double about
Wx in the eel. bra'ed colt ca.-e of
Dituoek vs. S!iaughne..sy. The colt was
valued at filuand thecase tried in the jus
tire court first and at'n rwards in the
circuit court. S!iaughnet;y. who was
the t.exton of Chippiannock cemettry,
won. In the justice court there were
12u witnesses, but the circuit court
compelled both sides to deft ." wit
nesses each and would no' allow any
more. Five suits grew out of this
Before the war the bar of Rock Island
county bad many able men. Tv.e pict
uresque figure aim nig them all v. as
Joseph Knox, famiiiarly known as Joe
Knox. He was a man in height about
." fiet ( inehe.-.. He had a iiuhi squint
in his eye, gcn rally wore his coat but
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toned and also wore a black stock. He
was the trial lawyer of the bar woe
he t. the witness that told a lie if
Knox hal to cross- xamine him. Then
he had a 'tore of fun, and to crown it
all, fine oratorical powers. In the zen
ith of his fame it was difficult to im
panel a jury that would find a verdict
against the party for whom Knox ap
peared. His humor was not confined
to the jury: it was often dealt out to
i he court. I reniemb: r a case in which
tiie opposite lawyer to Knox was earn
estly insfsting upon the trial of an eject
m nt case. Knox was not ready. The
court asked Knox what the case was
"Your honor, ' said Knox, '"it is for a
very aluable and extensive piece of
land; ir is two inches at one end and
runs to a point at tne otner.
Mr. Knox afterwards removed to Chi
cago. His partner in Rock Island
county for many years, wa.- Judge .1.
W. Drury. a man of small Mature, but
an ablo and upright man, who retained
to the end of a long life the respect
and love of all w ho knew him.
1 was a witness about the year ISTiC
in a replevin suit that originated in.
Moline. A change of vtnue was taken
to Mercer county. Knox was one of
the lawyers. The court was then held
at Keiihsbarg. We, lawyers, clients
and witnesses, all got to Keithsburg
t t-rU- ii ihp mfirniTur thf tavern
wa in charge of an Irish porter. Knox
was very insistent in getting a room;
he wanted to sleep, and after pestering
the iorter to know who was in the
different rooms, he referred to another
room, and asked the Irishman with
some warmth, "Who is in this?"
The Irishman, with his ready wit,
quickly made answer, "Two lawyers
and a gentleman."
John II. 1 1: !.
The late John B. Hawley at this time
was a young, promising lawyer.' He
was or had been state's attorney, and
was a conspicuous figure at the bar.
Associated in business with him, E. T.
Wells, a tall, well appearing man. a
fine lawyer, now a resident of Denver,
as I believe, and afterwards elevated
to the bench, and I have no doubt
adorned it. Both Mr. Hawley and Mr.
7ells went with the army during the
civil war. Mr. Hawley was afterwards
assistant secretary of the treasury
during the Hayes administration and
for some time member of congress.
Mr. Knox was at one time associated
in business with Charles Reed, one of
the attorneys who defended (Juiteau.
the murderer of President flarfield.
Another law firm that was promi
nent in Rock Island before the war was
the firm of Beardsley & Smith. Jerome
Beardsley and Robert W. Smith.
'I lit" lilrul l.iui jer.
Jerome Beardsley was my ideal of a
lawyer. He was about 5 feet, 'J inches
in height, and was regarded as one of
the best special pleaders at the bar..
He was not eloquent like Knox, but
he was forceful and convincing. After
the lapse of many years, in my minds'
eye I can yet see him as he stood be
fore a jury in the old court house,
with his hands and fingers together,
announcing propositions of the law ap
plicable to the case, and with great
skill applying the law to the facts
shown by the evidence.
Smith, or Bob Smith,
miliarly known, was a
He went with the army
as he was fa
. where he be-
came a general, as I remember, and
after the war he located in Chicago.
Some of the lawyers of that day have
passed out of my memory unless, as
sometimes happens, some circum
stance calls them back again.
As practicing lawyers of Rock Island
I remember Robert Marshall, a Mr.
Andrew s. V. M. Blanding. E. R. Bean, a
Mr. Chad wick, and there were others.
(ioinf !lfn- AHornrjD.
In that day Moline had few lawyers.
Alfred Webster, a New Yorker, came
to Moline. practiced law and edited a
Moline paper with one, R. H. (Iraham.
also a lawyer. Webster moved to Rock
Island and was quite successful. He
Take the I. (EL I.
was elected to the state senate, and
died about 1!8. Graham went into
the army, was made a colonel and died
during the war or food after. Graham
was a candidate for the office of circuit
clerk. I remember he was chagrined
at the vote in Moline. In mentioning
the action of the Moline people in his
case he wrote: "They are like a flock
of sheep: when once they get started
they rush ahead even though a preci
pice is before them."
J. T. Browning, of Moline. now re
tired from practice, came to Moline
soon after Graham & Webster. He
practiced there with much success for
A familiar character in Moline was
one. H. L.. Smith. He came to Moline
about 1S54. was a merchant there and
failed. He was a painter by trade
and a contractor. He carried on his
business as painter and contractor for
several years, but it was not sum
ciently lucrative for him. So he stud
ied law and for a time, speaking after
the manner of men, he "made the fur
fly." The war came on and offered
opportunities which he readily availed
Senrrlty of l.nw Rooka.
The practice of the law of Rock Isl
and county after the war did not dif
fer particularly from the period before
Before the war, there were few acces
sible law books or reports. When ques
Hons of pleading were discussed be
fore the court. "Chitty on Pleading"
was the standard and often quoted
authority. It is not so often referred
to by the modern lawyer and yet the
work is standard still. In the absence
of law books and reported cases as
precedents, the old bar relied greatly
upon personal argument from recog
nized principles of law and practice
For several years, both before and af
ter the war. Judge Ira O. Wilkinson
was a judge of our court. He was a
very able practitioner. A mention of
Rock Island county bar, would be in
complete without mention of the judge.
The judge was a striking character
naturally kind, a warm friend, but a
strong opponent, kind to young men
and as a judge, considerate, but of
those that knew him none fails to
remember his stinging irony and cut
ting f-arcasm. when he chose to dis
play it. Two lawyers of the bar were
defending a man for the larceny of
paper money. It was during the war
when paper money was at a discount
The lawyers contended that gold and
silver was the standard of value. This
contention was for the purpose of sav
ing the defendant from the penitenti
ary and secure imprisonment in the
county jail instead. It was attempted
to be proved by the defendant's lawyers
that the paper money was worth less
than $5 In gold or silver. Objection
to the evidence was made by the state's
attorney. Judge Hiram Bigelow. Judge
Wilkinson stistained the objection, re
marking at the time, "It won't do; when
a man steals he should steal at par
'hatiKH In C'harni-trr of I.lllu'itloa.
During the past 30 years the charac
ter of the litigation in our county has
changed. There was a great deal of
litigation growing out of trespass of
cattle, but farms are well fenced now;
considerable litigation in every form
about roads, but nearly all necessary
roads are now well established. Hence
that litigation has ended. Litigation
over defective land involving boundary
lines arose, but lines are now well de
fined. Litigation for rights of way for
railroads, occurred, as did litigation
over defective land titles, but time has
pretty thoroughly settled land titles.
Years ago there was a great deal of
commercial litigation, lawyers had
business men and firms for clients, and
did the collecting of notes and fore
closing of mortgages. Now credit is
given for a short period, and a business:
man without capital is soon known as
a success or a failure. This kind of
litigation is generally in the hands of
one or two lawyers, and as a rule is
not con-tested, so the lawver's source of
income in this direction is not ample
I'rrKOiiuI HaiHiKr ('UMrx.
Hut while litigation in many re
spects has greatly lessened, another
classof litigation has greatly increased.
I refer to actions for personal injuries.
I believe I am safe in saying that one
half, if not more of the time, of our
court in trying civil cases is taken up
in the hearing of personal injury suits.
Thirty or 40 years ago a personal in
jury suit was not common. There are
some rrasons for this change. There
Is a great increase in manufacturing
Many more men are employed, hence
a great many more chances for injury.
Then the men are largely employed by
corporations. The existing prejudice
asainsf coriorations, which insiduous
ly enters the jury room, has a great
deal to do with the bringing an 1 deter
mination of the results. There are oth
er reasons which I might give, but
which I refrain from mentioning.
Of the Court.
Our courts. What an arena for the
oftime display of human passion and
prejudice, a clearing house in part for
the penitentiary and the reformatory,
when the state settles its balance with
the lawbreaking citizen.
I would like to write of the person
nel of the courts, for although the
lawyer comes In constant contact with
the contentious, that is not true of the
lawyer towards the lawyer in spite of
professional contention, which to the
world may seem to involve the more
hurtful features of human character.
Yet there does grow up among lawyers
a most cherished friendship, that only
ends with life. To the young lawyer
of today niut be assigned the task of
waking up the older lawyer, of the
present. WILLIAM JACKSON. .
Owing to the fact that we have on hand a much larger stock
of Summer Furniture, such as Porch and Lawn Goods, Refrig
erators, Ice Cream Freezers, Water Coolers, Gasoline Stoves, etc.,
than we should have at this time, we have concluded to offer all
the above mentioned goods at
Absolute Manufacturers' Cost While They Last.
If you are interested, one glance into our show window will
convince you there's something doing on the inside. If in need
come a runnin' or your neighbor may get what you wanted
most of all.
Filling the Slough.
At last the offensive west end slough
is being filled. The Rock Island road
has two trains and a big gang of men
at work on the job. The dirt is being
secured in the northwestern part of
the city. The trains haul it over the
maiu line to thy southwest junction,
thence down the southwest line to the
B., C. It. & N. crossing, and then to
the slough. About 50,000 cubic yards
of dirt will be used in the fill.
Hurt on I. & I.
John I-illis, trolleyman on the I. & I
work train, was badly injured yester
day when the train was backing out
of the stone quarry at Le Claire. The
trolley jumped the wire and broke and
landed so hard on Mr. Lillis that he
was left with a badly cut head, som
broken ribs and internal injuries. Hir
wounds were dressed by Dr. Skinner
of Ia' Claire, and he was taken to his
home in Clinton. His chances for re
covery are good, unless the internal
injuries should develop some unexpect
Old Ladies' Outing.
The old ladies of Cook's home en
joyed an outing yesterday. President
Hipwell, of the D. &. S. railway com
pany, provided them with a special car
Thursday afternoon two cases of
people being poisoned by partaking of
canned goods which had become spoiled
were reported. Otto Meisner, of 1115
West Third street, was eating his
supper at his home and had attacked
a can of beef extract when he noticed
a peculiar taste to the food. Mr. Meis
ner immediately became very sick, but
with the assistance of his friends and
the application of home remedies he
was relieved somewhat. Dr. C. T. Lind
ley also reported a case of poisoning
from the same source. Miss Rose Hel
man, of Fith and Ripley streets, was
poisoned from the contents of a can of
salmon Thursday afternoon. The doc-
or says the lady will recover in a day
Woman Also Bound Over.
A warrant was yesterday issued for
he arrest of Mrs. Calista Wilkinson,
charging her with adultery. Mrs. Wil
kinson is the woman who came to this
city from Clinton in company with Pat
Downes and together registered as man
and wife at the Atlantic house. Downes
and the woman had the same charge
preferred against both of them. The
husband of the Wilkinson woman is 37
years of age and the wife but 19. They
FOR THOSE UN
were married four years ago, when the
wife was but 15 years of age. Both
parties were bound over to the grand
jury under $500 bail.
Holds Valuation Too High.
Attorneys Cook & Dodge, represent
ing Clement Lockett, trustee of the
Divine Burtis estate, have filed with
City Clerk Collins a notice to the cf
feet that the 1905 tax levy on the Bur
tis property will be appealed to the dis
trict court. The valuation of the prop
city, which includes the Kimball house
and Burtis opera house, has been fixed
by the board of equalization at $78,0
It was formerly valued at $S,ooo. but
after an appeal from the Davenport at
torneys, representing the estate, the
last board of equalization made a re
duction of $5,000. Mr. Lockett. how
ever, thinks the valuation should be
reduced to $C5,iio. The matter will
be fought In court.
Two More Entrances.
Within a short time there will be
two more entrances from Third street
Into the Masonic temple in addition to
tlie main entrance whwich now faces
that thoroughfare. The coutract for
the improvement has been let to John
Soller. One of these entrances will be
for the Yerrian barber shop on the
west side of the main entrance, and
the'other for the cigar stand of Hitch
cock & Terry on the east side. At the
present time neither of these places
of business have an entrance from the
street and their patrons are first oblig
ed to enter the lobby of the temple and
then make their way to either the bar
ber shop or the cigar stand by way of
an interior entrance.
llass & Hamann have received word
from Germany of the death there of
Julius Werner, a resident of this city.
Mr. Werner, formerly engaged as a
miller at the Phoenix mills, left here
the latter part of June for a visit to
his fatherland, partly to see hU broth
ers and sisters once more and partly to
regain his health. However, he became I
worse and died July 20 at the home of I
his brother-in-law. Herman Hoersch, m
Silicia. Germany. He was accompan
ied on his trip by his little son, Conrad.
There is another boy named Fred Wer
ner living here now. Both of the chil
dren are minors. The boy in Germany
w ill be sent for from this city in a short
time and brought back here,
John Bruha, Sr., an old pioneer, pass
ed peacefully away Thursday after
noon at his home. fc2G West Third
street. Death was due to heart fail
ure. In Iiudweiss, Austria, he was
born July 24. 1829. For 12 years Mr.
Bruha was a soldier in the German
army. During the Franco-Prussian war
be served as a cannoneer. When Mr.
Bruha was 32 years of age, accompan
ied by his wife, he emigrated to Amer
ica, and arrived in lavenport in 1801.
They have resided here ever since.
Last Saturday was the Uth anniver
sary of their arrival in this city. Being
a tailor by trade in the oil country, he
followed the same occupation here un
til four years ago, when he retired on
account of old age.
A huge misunderstanding threatens
the proposed public improvement In
the Fifth ward. As a result of it the
sewer and water system which it is
proKsed to install in the ward at a
cost of about $15,000 may be knocked
out in the county court Monday. This
will certainly be the action by the
court of any objection to the assess
ment, as made by K. S. Skinner, is
made; and the people of the Fifth
ward, not understanding thoroughly
the situation, stand ready to object to
the ratification of the Improvement by
the court. A meeting was held Thurs
day night at Van Daele's hall at which
the sentiments of many people in the
ward who believe that they have been
unjustly assessed were expressed, and
the tenor of the remarks was that the
assessment was unequal and unjubt
and should be corrected before the con
firniation of it by the county court
The session which was attended by
about 150 property owners In th
ward, developed into an "indignation
meeting." but this was perhaps excus
able owing to the fact that the situa
tion was not understood. If there had
been some city official, who was con
versant with the assessment roll, pres
ent, it might have been possible that
the sentiment of the meeting could
have been turned the other way. As
it was the sentiment was fctrougly in
favor of the proposed improvement,
but strongly against the assessment as
ma le by Mr. Skinner.
"You will have the best opera house
in Illinois or Iowa, outside of Chicago,"
baid F. W. Cnamberlin of the theatri
cal syndicate which will control Mo
line's new playhouse after it is coni
nlefed Mr. Chamberlin was in the
city with Architect Lovell of Chicago
and Promoter Johnson for an inspec
tion of the building work. They are all
very much pleased with the progress
made. Mr. Johnson let one more con
tract on the construction work. Thie
is for the iron work and amounts to be
tween $2,C0O and $2.W. The Daven
port Foundry & Machine company
C carpet Co.
was the successful bidder. "We expect
to have the theatre building ready for
the opening by Dec. 1," said Mr. John
ston. More Room for School.
The juvenile population in the east
end Is on tli- increase, indicating that
families are getting larger there, or
that there are more families than there
used to he. Inasmuch as strangers are
coming in rapidly the explanation la
doubtless found in the last proposition,
that there are more families. The di
rectors of school district No. 37. find
ing that the four school rooms that
have been sufficient in the past are al
together inadequate now, have rented
a store building on Seventh street in
East Moline and will equip it as a fifth
Charles Swisher of Walker Station
has gone into partnership with O. F.
Lindvall. who has ben the Kast Mo
line blacksmith, and they are now
building a new 30x50 shop on Second
avenue between Eleventh and Twelfth
streets in East Moline, In order to be
able to handle the increasing trade.
Has No Authority.
A little girl is reported to be solicit
ing in the eafet end of the city for funds
for Bethany Home. She is eald to ex
plain in a house-to house canvass thit
she is collecting money to buy winter
bedding for the home. Mrs. W. C.
Bennet, president of the board of di
rectors, authorizes the announcement
that no one has been authorized to so
licit for this purpose for the home and
that a fraud Is belnfi worked.
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