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THE AHOUS. SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 1905.
Rock Island Reminiscences
WRITTKN VOH THE ARGl'S BT
ArcrsTrs C MII.LKR.
I came to Rock Island in 1S57 as
business manager for a stock com
pany own-. by William Henderson.
The only hall in the city was the Island
City hall, adjoining the Island City
hotel and owned by Cornelius Smith,
who managed both hotel and theatre.
An ida of existing conditions at that
time can be obtained from the fact
that we rented the hall, cleaned, heated
and lighted for $4 per night and were
sti s c. miller.
kept at the hotel, the best in the city,
at $J per wet-k. 'lhe company began
its I'liKageinetit with Henrietta Irving
as the Mttructioii. No reserved seats;
lirnt come, best served in ihose days.
The admission was 11 " cents.
'1 Orivluul 'I'limlm.
The theatre consisted of a level
floored room capable of holding about
COO chairs and a small raised stage
with a few sets of seiiiciy. and stood
where the Lloyd store now stands.
The company was a very strong one
and gave very creditable performances,
remaining In re six months and giv
ing a iM-rforiiiaiice every night, Sun
days excepted. At the close of the
Henrietta Irving engagement came Et
tie Henderson, the wif of the man
ager, and a very clever soubrette (in
those days sonbrel 'es were called
chambermaid: ) who remained with the
company the cniire season. Alice
Oafes. Havid llaiM-heti. (iardiier Coyne.
C. V. Couldock ej'ch followed the oilier
as the stellar alt ract ions, and all to jrood
business. This woman, Httio Hender
son became very popular here and her
connection wilh the party was very
luateiial in prolonging the ngagemeiit.
Aft r their departure there was little
dolus in the theatrical line for a long
while. All classes of business were
suffering from the effects of the panic
and there was no money for show bus
iness, and in fact no money for any
thing else and times were very hard.
There being scarcely any money to do
business with, the merchants resorted
to the xtiemiiy of using tickets read
ing. "This is good for lo cents." or
other amounts within tiie dollar limit.
Thf war of the rebellion opened and
conditions at once beun improving.
Dart's hall hau been built and theatri
cal business had again begun, and
among the first attractions at Dart's
hall was the "Scouts of the Plains."
wilh liuffalo Hill. .Iiile Keen and the
big hearted Major Hurke. This show
bcan;e the foundation of the great bus
iness now owned by Huffalo Hill. Jule
Keen and Major Hurke are still with
the show now in Europe.
Tlimtrit-nl Kit ui 1 1 .
At that time we had a theatrical fam
ily in town. Orlando Prate and Mile.
Aubey and several amateur perform
ances were given, chief among them
being a performance of the play of
lXmglas. in which our old friend. V. M.
"Whittln very creditably played one of
the leading parts. About this time
some one whose name I canuot now re
membt r. built a little variety hall on
First, avenue on the ground where Hi
ley's gas-fitting and plumbing shop
Mood, and a good many, both amateur
and professional performances, were
The old Island City hotel had been
remodi led and rechrisU ued the Hod
man house, and a Mr. Hutchinson had
become its managt r. After running
awhile, on the morning of Oct. "J. 1'9,
it burned down, and the present Harper
bouse now stands on that site. About
this time the elder Mr. Negus begau
the building of Negus hall on the
grouu J jur-t north of t he building
owned by Mr. Astor and now occu
pied by Howman & Keed as a laundry.
Mr. Negus built a very nice little
ball, capable of seating about COO peo
ple, wi'h a very good and well eo, nipped
Mage. The building was erected on
ground where a livery stable nad stood
The Simple Life
is bcit. To live naturally; work
during the day. keep your temper,
eat three meal- and take a lieech
am's Fill reg; uirly, as required.
There is m medicine for the sim
ple life, or the strenuous, like
Sold Evcryvnre. 1 boxes 10c. anI 25c
for years, and after the Negns building
had been finished a rumor got into cir
culation that the building was insecure
and that rumor settled its fate, as no
one was ever able to get any body into
it. A very popular comedian and
great favorite with, all the old time
theatre patrons, Walter Braybeing the
Anly one that ever could get anybody
at all to go up in Negus hall. Ia course
of time the little theatre was disman
tled and I believe it is now being used
as a lodging bouse.
4 on kt ruction of llarprr Thratre.
About this time B?n Harper had
begun tearing down the old build
ing that to many Hock Islanders to
their sorrow will ever be remembered .
The bank-of the Federal" Union had
occupied the corner store and when if
failed many and many a poor family
in this city lost all they had for years
been saving. With Mr. Gingles. the
carpenter: Mr. Holmes, the architect,
and Mr. Harer. the general overseer,
the building progressed finely, and in a
little while was nearly completed. Mr.
Harper personally attending to every
When the building was far enough
advanced to admit the beginning of the
stage, the very best theatrical mechan
ics obtainable were set to work with
instructions to make everything first
class, and everything was first class
as theatrical things were done in those
days, the frames of the flats that now
adays are nuule of inch stuff were
made or 1 t inch and all were mor
tised by hand, the groves and in fact
everything appertaining to the stage
were made of double strength; the
cordage used in raising curtains,
groves and other things were all dou
ble strength, the writer having often
asked Mr. Harper why such heavy ma
terials were used, his reply always be
ing that it made double assurance of
the safety of the building.
'Ike Ouenlnic ttrullon.
Knove and Twombly. the scenic ar
tists, had soon finished and the opening
night was at hand, and Mr. Harper had
secured Marie Hoe in concert as the
opening attraction, the price being
$i.ru. The concert was a very artis
tic performance, but the attendance was
small. Then came a long list of the
gilt edge attractions of the day. Tony
Pastor. I'ltnnia Abbott, and in fact all
that was worth seeing then in the mar
ket. About this time an enterprising
manager conceived the W a of produc
ing Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera.
"Pinafcre." comttosed of material
obtainable in the different church
choirs or Chicago, and the Chicago
Church Choir C C C.) was organized
and scored one of the greatest suc
cesses of that time, a great success
because so far as stage business was
concerned they all were amateurs. Ot
course their musical training was a
gn at factor in their success, but still
their performances were almost won
derful, when one considered the ina
lerial out of which they had been pro
duced. They came lrom '.mcago iu
Hock Island and gave one of their per
formances to one of the largest houses
ever within the walls of Harper's thea
tre. The Chicago Church Choir company
was among the first to introduce comic
op ra in this country, and in their caste
were .Jesse Hart let I Davis. Sommers.
Wade. Harnabee. and a lot of others
who have become famous in the comic
Mr. Harprr ltllr-n.
Mr. Harper tired of the management
of the theatre and retired and l ...
Knell became the manager of the
house, and he died a few yeats alter.
Then came J. K. Montrose, who suc
cessfully managed the house for five
years. At tUe expiiauon oi me
Uleuer's band became the manager or
the house, with Charles Hleuer in
charge. They retained tne lease um
one year, and thtu Charles liieuer ana
sieve Miller became the managers un
til the new thtatre was built, when the
old house was turned into a commer
Throuirh all these years I have been
connected iu some capacity or other in
nii ih. rhanees. and when tue Illi
nois was opened 1 went in there in
charge of the house and ticket omce,
and remained until the end of April.
Since then I have been entirely out of
the business, but still keeping a line on
all the good things that ever and anon
are being presented to the public.
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AUUiJal l& wmur,n.
Taken With Cramp.
Win. Kiriuse. a member of the bridge
. . nil ft e:
gang working near Laitiepon,
takeu ill Thursday night vim cramps
and a kind of cholera. His case was
so severe that he had to have the mem
bers of the crew wait upon him until
Mr. Clifford as called and consuuea.
He told them that he had a medicine
; f.imi rt chamberlains tonc.
Cholera and Diarrhoea Remedy that
he thought would help him out and ac
mMinffiv several doses were admin
istered with the result that the fellow
was able to be around the next day. i ne
incident speaks quite highly of Mr. Gil
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Never in the way. no trouble to
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failing in results are DeWitt's Little
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IN FALL SESSION
Teachers of Northwestern llli
nois to Meet at Dixon
W. A. MEESE ON PROGRAM
Will Discuss Subjects of Illinois His
tory in the Schools General Sub
Supt. S. J. Ferguson, who is on the
executive committee of the western
section of the Northern Illinois Teach
ers' association has completed the pro
gram for the meeting to be held at
Dixon. Oct. 2C. There will be an ad
dress cf welcome by Mayer Edwards
and a response by Supt. F. A. White of
Gaiva. William A Meese of Moline. is
on the program to discuss the subject
of "Illinois History in Our Schools."
The program is as follows:
General subject History.
Friday morning, 9:UU "Geography
as a Determining Influence in History."
Prof. E. B. Green, Urbana.
"Illinois History in Our Schools," W.
A. Meese, Moline.
Friday evening, 7:20 Music.
Lecture David Kinley, Ph. D., dean
of college of literature.
Saturday morning. 9:0') "Time Rela
tion in Teaching History," E. C. 1'age,
DeKalb; G. T. Smith, Moline.
"Correlation of History and Litera
ture," E. F. Austin, Sterling; L. A. Ful
"History as a Factor in Developing
Nobler Citizenship," Dr. J. W. Cook.
Friday afternoon 2:uu.
Kindergarten and Primary Chair
man, Miss Stella M. Cook, Rock ford.
a. "The Myth as an Introduction for
the Study of History."
b. "The Place of Industry in Edu
cation in History."
Grammar school Chairman, O. F.
a. "Oral Presentation of History."
Selection of Material Hiogra-
"Conduct of the Recitation."
"How Much of European History
in Connection with the United States
High School Chairman. T. J. Mc
Cormack, principal of DaSalle township
a. "Economic Aspects of History."
b. "Use of Source Material."
County Superintendents Chairman,
Claude Brown. Princeton.
a. "Examination in History."
b. "Folk Songs."
Services in the various churches will
be held us follows tomorrow:
Trinity Episcopal church. Nineteenth
street and Sixth avenue. Rev. (Iranville
Hudson Sherwood, rector. Services at
30 and 10:45 a. m. and p. m.
Sunday school at 9:15 a. m.
Trinity chapel, corner Seventh street
nd Fourth avenue. Sunday school at
1:30 p. m.
First Baptist, corner Third avenue
and Fifteenth street; Rev. H. W. Reed,
pastor. Services at 10:45 a. m. and
45 p. m. All services will he resumed
tomorrow, under the direction of the
pastor, who recently returned from a
Swedish Baptist, corner of Twenty-
first street and Fifth avenue. Preach
ing at 10:45 a. m.
Emanuel Baptist church, 447 Forty-
fourth street; Rev. II. W. Reed, pastor.
Preaching 3:30 p. ni.
McKinley Baptist chapel, corner
Tenth street and Sixth avenue. Preach
ing by the pastor, Rev. J. W. Crush-
shon, at 10:30 a. m. and 7:30 p. m.
German Lutheran, corner Twentieth
street and Fifth avenue; Rev. C. A.
Mennicke, pastor. Services at 10 a. m.
and 7:30 p. m.
German Evangelical, Ninth street.
between Fifth and Sixth avenues. Rev.
Ed E. Klimpke, pastor. Sunday school
at 9:15 a, m. Services at 10:30 a. m.
and 7:30 p. m.
Swedish Lutheran, corner Four
teenth street and Fourth avenue; Rev.
J. A. Nyvall, pastor. Services at 10:30
a. m. and 7:30 p. m.
Zion. Swedish Lutheran, 4400 Sev
enth avenue; Rev. E. K. Jonson, ias-
tor. Services at 10:45 a. m. and 7:45
p. m. Sunday school at 9:30 a. m.
Grace English Lutheran, corner For
ty-fourth street and Seventh avenue;
Rev. C. E. Hoffsten, pastor. Services
at 10:45 a. m. and 7:45 p. m. Sunday
school at 9:15 a. m.
First Church of Christ. Scientist.
Twenty-third street, between Seventh
and Ninth avenues. Services at 10-45
m. Sunday school follows morning
service. Reading rooms la London
building on Second avenue, open da'ly
except Sunday from 11:20 a. m. to 1 p.
m. and from 2:20 to 5 p. in.
Central Presbyterian. Second ave
nue, between Fourteenth and Fifteenth
street?; Rev. Marion Humphreys, pas
tor. Services at 10:45 a. m. and 7:45
p. m. Sunday school at 9:30 a. m.
Young Peoples- meeting 7 p. m. Morn
ing subject, "How God Has Spoken to
Men." Evening subject, "How Men
Ford. $2,000, 4 Cylin
der, 22 H. P.
Moline, $1,600, 4 Cyl
inder, 20 H. P.
Marion, $1,500, 4 Cyl
inder, nir cooled, 18 H.P.
All Side Entrance Tonneau
tKe best values offered tKis year.
Hear and Heed God's Message."
Broadway Presbyterian, corner of
Twenty-third street and Seventh ave
nue; Rev. V. S. Marquis, pastor. Sun
day school at 9:15 a. m. Young Peo
ples' meeting at C:45. Services at
l':45 a. m.. and 7:::o p. ni.
Aiken Street Cniou chapel, South
Rock Island. Sunday school at 3 p. m.
.Innior meeting 2::)o p. m. Christian
Kndeavor tit 4 p. m.
Bethel Presbyterian Chapel, corner
Twelfth street and Eleventh avenue.
Sunday school at 2:30 p. m.
United Presbyterian, Third avenue
and Fourteenth street: Rev. D. L. Mc
Nary, pastor. Sunday school at 9:30
a. m. Services ;it lo: 4.", ;i. m.. am! 7::;o
p. m. Y. P. C. l ;it I',: 1.". p. in. Morninsr
subject. " The Man Who Is Nced .1."
Kvening subject. "Judged in the Sun
light." South Park Chapel, Presbyterian,
F.Im street and Fifteenth avenue, Rev.
V. S. Marquis, pastor. Sunday school
at 2:30 p. m.
Memorial Christian, corner of Third
O No Rowdyism
309-315 WEST SECOND
Selis Touring Cars at
avenue and Fifteenth street; Rev. O.
I W. Lawrence, pastor. Sunday school
i at 9:15 a. m. Y. P. S. C. K. at i'.-.'.U)
p. m. Services at M:45 a. m., and 7:30
p. m. Services at 10:45 a. in..
First Mjethodist, corner of Fifth ave
nue and Nineteenth street; Rev. R. B.
Williams, pastor. Sunday school at
9:30 a. m. Epworth league at Cr.'.U) p.
m. Services at 10: 15 a. in., and 7:30
p. m. Morning sermon by Kev. .1. W.
Serris. of Keithsburg. Evening ser
mon by Rev. A. K. Tullis. of Viola.
Spencer Memorial Methodist church,
corner Forty-third street and Seventh
avenue; Rev. J. B. Rutter, pastor. Ser
vices at 10:45 a. in., and 7:3t p. in.
Sunday school at 9:3o a. in. Junior
league at 3:30 p. m. Epworth League
at fi:3o p. m.
German Methodist, corner of Sixth
avenue and Fourteenth street; Rev. F.
L. Litzrodt, pastor. Services at 10:45
a. m. and 7:30 p. m. Sunday school
at 9:15 a. m., J. J. Helg, superintend
ent. Er. worth Lejue at 7. Junior
League at 2 p. m.
Free Swedish Mission, corner of
Eleventh street and Fifth avenue. Sun
day school at 9:30 a. m. Services at
7:45 p. m. Prayer meeting Wednesday
evening at S o'clock.
For a Good Time Always Cool and Delightful.
Free Band Concerts Tuesday Thursday and Sunday
Better Than Even Moving Pictures every Night, Free
Constantly Crowded. Figure 8 Chute the Chutes
PETERSEN'S BIG BAND EV ERY FRIDAY
i : :
V Nr Irtox!ca.nts Allowed on the Grounds Follow the Bfg Crowd.
Sant, of Minnesota, will be the speaker at
i illinium n."
Cars except the
Wynian A. M. E. Mission, Thir
teenth street and Fifth avenue. Rev.
D. W. Brown, pastor. Services tt
10:45 a. in. and S p. m. Sunday
school at 1 p. m. Prayer meeting Wed
nesday at S p. in.
St. Joseph's Roman Catholic, corner
Second avenue and Fuurt-enth street.
Rev. .1. E. Itoaehe, acting pastor. Mass
at 8 ard 10:30 a. m. Vespers
at 3 p. m. Sunday school at 2 p. m.
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic, Twenty-eighth
street and Fifth avenue;
Rev. J. F. Ixx-kney, pastor. Mass at
S and 10:30 a. m. Sunday school at
2 p. m. Vespers at 7:30 p. m.
St. Mary's German Catholic, corner
of Fourth avenue and Twenty-second
street; Rev. Adolph Geyer, pastor.
Mass at S and 10:30 a. m.
St. Paul's Belgian Roman Catholic,
Twenty-fourth street and Eighth-and-a-half
avenue; Rev. J. B. Culemans, pas
tor. Mass at 8 and 10:30 a. ru. Sun
day school at 2 p. m. Vespera at 3
Y. M. C. A. building, corner of Thirl
avenue and Nineteenth street. Men's
bible study class at 4 p. m.
Salvation Army barracks, 1509 Sec
the Old Settlers' Picnic at WatchpTower Tuesday, Aug. 22.
Rambler, $1,350, 2
Cylinder, 18 H. P.
Ford. $1,000, 2 Cylin
der, 12 H. P.
Moline, $900, 2 Cyl
inder, 12 H. P.
ond avenue. Services as follows:
Holiness meeting at 11 a. in. Young
People's meet inj; at 1 : 3o p. m. Chris
tian praise service at " p. i?i.
Christ's Homo Mission. i!202 Third
avenue. Services at 10:30 n. m. a;id
7:45 p. m. No collection of money at
Free Methodists hold holiness an I
general class meeting In hall on tie
third tlior at 1M7 Second avenue at ;:
Bible students meet for the study or
scriptures and for prayer and praise at
the Industrial home hall, corner Twm
ty-first street and Third avenue, at
2:30 Sunday afi iikmiii. Subject, "I'.i
tience How Can We Cultivate It?"
Regulates the stomach and bowel;,
heals and soothes the little ones" stem
a lis and Kives them a healthful an I
natural sleep, llollistt-r's Rocky Moun
tain Tea is the children's benfactor. ".."
cents. T. H. Thomas' pharmacy.
Three spectrts that threaten bahv's
life. Cholera infantum, dysentery, ili
arihocu. Dr. Fowler's Extract of Wil I
Strawberry never fails to coiupi' r