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THE ARGUS. THURSDAY. DECEMBER 31. 1908.
RECORD OF THE LEADING LOCAL EVENTS IN THE CLOSING
In Rock Island, the year Just about
to pass into history, f has seen the
usual number of events that go toward
the making of the history of the com
munity. There have beeni the usual
number of deaths, although this year
the harvest of the grim reaper . has
been more noticeable among children,
and fewer of the old time residents
have answered death's summons. The
wave of death, however, ha3 taken off
some of the city's most representative
men, and most uobie women, and while
there are the inevitable occurrence,
the loss is keenly felt.
The year has been marked by steady
business progress, and while the ef
fects of the panic of 1907 have not en
tirely passed away, there has, parti
cularly during the last few months,
been a marked improvement in busi
ness. The year has seen much build
ing improvement in Rock Island, a
more detailed record of which appears
elsewhere in this issue.
Look View lit Dedlontrd.
One of the notable events of 1908
was the completion and dedication of
. vri 1 - mi 1 ;
vuug view purK. iue jjuik cuuiluis
feioners, after several years of earnest
' work, practically completed the im
provement of the park last spring, and
when the Davenport Memorial foun
tain was installed in place in the park,
arrangements were made for the for
mal dedication of Long View. Fitting
exercises were held July 10, and in
the evening a great pyrotechnical dis
play followed the program of addresses
and the formal presentation of the
Davenport memorial to the city.
Flrnt Annunl Expotiltlon.
One of the achievements of te year
was the organization of the Rock Is
land Exposition company, an institu
tion that did much, and promises to do
even more in the future, to make the
name of Rock Island known better
throughout the land. Tho Exposition
grounds on Ninth street for a term of
years, and this year many important
Improvements were made at the
grounds. The company this fall, Sept.
28 to Oct. 3, held its first annual ex
position, and while the weather con
ditions were very unfavorable, tho
event was a great success. The politi
cal days attracted some very notable
men to Rock Island as speakers, in
cluding the vice president elect. Con
gressman James S. Sherman, Hon.
William Jennings Bryan and Congress
man Nicholas Longworth, son-in-law of
President Roosevelt. .
Several Contly Flren.
The year added greatly to the fire
history of Rock Island, the blaze that
destroyed the yards of the Rock Is
land Sash & Door works, the Rock Is
land Lumber company, and damaged
other property greatly, proving the
most serious fire in the city's history.
The damage was about $550,000. This
fire was followed shortly afterwards
by one that destroyed the old Wagner
building on Fifth avenue, occupied by
the Willets-Magin Manufacturing com
pany. The loss in this blaze was about
$35,000. There were two serious fires
in the Looney block on Second avenue,
witnint two weeks ot each other, and
- considered in connection with the mys
terious explosion in the same, building
early in the spring, add to the public
Interest in the structure. The two
fires were of mysterious origin, though
supposed to have been the work of an
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lutcuuiai j. iue in si. me uestrujeu
the Mirror saloon, and caused $10,000
uuiiuui&, lue uuu uajuage Di'ing aoout
Some New Factories.
During 1908 two- important achieve
ments have been made as a result of
the work of the Rock Island Industrial
commission. New factories have been
built by the National Neck Yoke com
pany and the Rock Island Tool com
pany, and plans have .been made for
the enlargement of both institutions
In the business district, the develop
ment of the city has been given im
petus by the opening of the Safety
building, and the construction of the
Best block. The year has seen, the
start made on the construction of an
South and West
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interurban to connect Rock Island and
Monmouth, and probably with Aledo
also. These are but a few of th3
things that 190S has seen that are in
the line of Rock Island development,
commercially and industrially.
And while the old year Is passing,
there are pending big plans for the
new one, and the steady march of pro
gress is not delayed. The new year,
1909, promises to be an evsn greater
year for Rock Island, entering as it
does without the handicap of business
A review of the more important
events of the year is given below:
4 Death of Mrs. Anna Zeis, age 72.
Death at St. Louis of George H.
Johnston, builder of Illinois thea
ter, age 58. ).
6 Death of George Scherer, South
Rock Island, age 76.
Hennepin canal accepted by govern
ment and L. L. Wheeler, head of
U. S. engineer corps at Sterling,
placed in charge.
7 Buffalo saloon raided by three
- masked robbers, two of whom were
later arrested in Chicago in con
nection with murder of policeman.
8 Farmers' institute opened at Tay
11 Michael Daly, age 61, commits
suicide by inhaling gas; despond
12 Death of Mrs. William" Cowley
Death of Mrs. Bridget O'Hare of Mi
lan, age 70.
13 Death of Albert Rosenthal, aged
City council refused to. adopt ordi
nance for election on $1,000 sa
15 Edward R. Maloney appointed cir
cuit court reporter to succeed H.
IS Death of Dr. Paul O. Esbjorn at
Augustana hospital, Chicago, age 37.
Peter Adams, Greek section hand on
, Rock Island road, killed by switch
Rock Island arsenal named as place
for holding Western Golf cham
19 Death of John Schafer, Port By
ron, age 56.
22 Death of S. W. McMaster, age 97.
21 Rock Island Plow company reor
ganized with added capital.
23 Death of L. D. Edwards, Moline,
27 Death of Mrs. C. Bernhardi, age 57.
29 Death of Mrs. Mary Martin, Coal
Valley, age 83.
Otto Huber elected president Peo
ple's National bank.
30 New Kimball hotel dedicated in
31 New Elks building dedicated.
7 Supreme court denies rehearing in
case of Schnell against city.
Manufacturers hotel in Moline dam
aged by fire to extent of $15,000.
8 Frank W. Gould, Moline, commit
ted suicide by shooting himself, it
later developing that he was $100,
000 short as trustee of the Keyes
10 Death of John M. Albrecht, age 75.
15 Death of Mrs. Jane Lannen, age 63.
17 Death of Lester D. Mudge, age 62.
IS Two-weeksold daughter of Ensign
and Mrs. Robert Booth of Salva
tion Army found dead with" throat
cut while sleeping in room with
parents; latter indicted for mur
der, but acquitted by jury.
19 Death of Mrs. Catherine Brennan,
Death of Mrs. Samuel M. Johnson,
Eowlrng. who committed suicide
by drowning in well.
-Death of Robert R. Lynn, age 63,
27 Island City Boating association
1 Death of J. B. Zimmer, age 63.
William H. Ellis, Watertown, com
mitted suicide at Arlington hotel,
4-Death of M. W. Burgh, age 68, at
Death of Mrs. Mary Gumtow, Coe
township, age 71.
8 Death of Mrs. Mary Bird, Andalu
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sia, age 78. .(
9 Death of Milton W. Gowdy, Mo
line, age 74. .
Death of Alexander Owens, Milan,
11 Death of Mrs. Peter Vetter, age 74.
Death of William Boyer, Milan, age
79. t ..
12 Death of General William Clen-
denin, Moline, age 62.
14 Ellis Rathburn, age 68, killed by
Rock Island freight train.
17 Death of Patrick J. Kennedy, age
71, as result of fall.
18 Death of Christian Heitmann, age
19 Death of Philip Powell, age 56.
21 Death of Adolph A. Greve, age 64.
22 Death of Mrs. James A. Moran,
Rev. I. O. Nothstein installed as pas
tor of Grace Lutheran church.
23 Fortieth anniversary of Memorial
.- Christian church celebrated.
Newspaper plant owned by John
Looney wrecked by dynamite.
27 Death of Dr. S. P. A. Lindahl, age
30 Death of Cornelius J. Brown, chief
clerk at the arsenal since 1872.
6 Death of Mrs. Charlotte Starke,
7 Spring election held resulting in
defeat of local option measures
Aldermen elected as follows: Dem
ocrats, Frank Blochlinger, Charles
J. Smith, Charles Thompson, and
Frank Lawler; republicans, John
Carse, G. L. Schmid, Truman J.
Ellinwood. South Rock Island an
11 Work of tearing down old Buford
block to make room for Best build
E. L. Selle, for 39 years teacher in
German schools of the city, re
signed. Death of W. F. Doyle, inmate of Wa
tertown hospital, from injuries re
ceived in fall.
13 Fire damaged city hall to extent
George Bowles, Zuma, accidentally
shot to death.
Death of E. P. Tuttle, age 79.
14 Death of William F. Krueger,
Drury township, age 64.
15 J. F. Lardner resigned as general
manager of Tri-City Railway com
pany. Death of R. U. Shumway. age 75.
18 Death of Captain C. D. Dack, South
Heights, age 68.
Death of Mrs. W. T. Magill, age 67.
20 J. H. Corns, Moline, found short
$8,000 in accounts with treasury
of school township No. 17, embrac
ing Coal Valley, South Moline and
South Rock Island.
21 Death of Cari Zeis, age 83.
27 Local aerie of Eagles secured res
idence of J. A. Murrin for club
house. 29 Broadway Presbyterian church cel
ebrated 33rd anniversary.
2 Death of Mrs. Catherina Glock-
hoff, age 75.
Openmg of baseball season on home
4 City officials elected at spring elec
tion take up duties.
7 First Savings Bank Life Insurance
company organized, with Hon. I.
S. McCabe, president; Phil Mitch
ell, vice president; Hope Thomp
son, secretary, and Hon. T. J. Me
11 County visited by tornado which
did much damage and took one life
at Cleveland Ferry.
Death of Mrs. Catherine Brayton, II
linols City, age 94.
13 Royal Neighbors vote to remove
head office from Peoria to Rock
14 Death of Mrs. Julius Mosenfelder,
20 Contract for Best building award
ed to Jobst & Son, Peoria.
21 Rock Island Exposition company
23 Formal opening of new Safety
24 Zion. Lutheran church, Seventh av
enue and Forty-fifth street, dedi
Commencement exercises at Augus-
tana college begun.
25 Death of J. M. Valentine, age 54, 1
by drowning. ' i
27 Death of Peter Johnson, age 63.
29 Horace Webster, age 11, drowned
in slough near Colona.
30 League of German Catholic socie
ties opened convention in Rock
Postoffice clerks of state held con
vention in Rock Island.
, Death of Robert Ailes by drowning
at the Watch Tower.
3 Death of Axel Erickson, age 64.
Death of Glen H. Buffum, age 22,
through injuries received on rail
road in Davenport.
5 School term ends with presenta
tion of diplomas to high school
.8 Death of Dennis H. Watson, Sil
via, age 26, in rail accident near
12 Mortgage on Bethany home paid
off and papers burned.
17 r-Head officers of Modern Woodmen
? reelected at head camp in Peoria.
18 Death of "Mrs. Robert Spellman,
'. age 75.
19 Death of Mrs. Frank Sherman,
age 43,' front effects of drinking
carbolic acid. '
21 Drowning of Al Lowe, Browna
Y . ville, who fell into river while
""v-Mpeath of W. W. Channon, age 60;
rcome by heat
23 Suicide of
Robert Kimball by
Death of Marcus Ehmpke, age 77.
4 Suicide of W. S. Rhodes, age 40,
5 Death of Jacob Johnson, age 33,
from fall from loft of barn.
7 Unknown man committed suicide
in river at Ninth street.
8 Death of Mrs. Mary Remington,
9 Death of Mrs. Isabella Buckley,
Edgington, age 83 .
11 Death of Mrs. Mary Hurley, age
13 Drowning of John Dikomas in Syl
van slough while bathing.
25 Death of Mrs. August Simpson.
28 Drowning of Irvin Williams, age
21, while bathing.
1 Death of Mrs. John Holt, Moline
Dora Kincaid, Colona, suicided when
ordered by her father to stop re
ceiving the attentions of Mark
2 Death of Mrs. Andrew Leech, age
A. J. Lloyd closed his furnishing
store after being 25 years in busi
ness. 3 Death of .W. J. Entrikin, Moline,
former master in chancery, age 61.
-4 James W. Mardis. age 21, killed
by a Long View car while engaged
in a struggle with two other young
5 Death of 'John R. Staubach, age
William Gardner, age 25, killed in
rail accident at Sterling.
8 Primary election held to . choose
candidates for the fall election.
9 Death of Mrs. Caroline Clarke,
12 Postmasters of district organize at
meeting at Watch Tower.
13 First annual picnic at Long View
park of Sunday school children of
14 Charles Aswege, Moline, suicided
Perry Clinkenbeard, Evans, Iowa,
conductor on Rock Island, age 50.
found dead in car at depot; heart
17 Death of Mrs. Jannctte McMaster,
18 Methodists' camp fmeethig at Tin
dali's grove opened.
19 Ralph Young, South Rock Island,
despondent, took own life by poi
son. Marriage of Blanche B. Eldridge,
South Rock Island, and Jewett E.
Warren, prevented by disappear-
ance of the would-be groom, who
decamped with money and valua
bles belonging to Miss Eldridge
and her aunt, Mrs. Mary Cramer.
20 Annual farmers' picnic at Lyford's
grove near Port Byron.
25 Roy Johnson, Sherrard, killed in
German Lutheran ministers of the
district open convention in Rock
1 South Rock Is 'and school territory j
annexed to city by school board
in accordance with annexation
vote. , ,
2 Death of Mrs. E. B. Knox, Moline,
Death of James A. Harness, Rey
nolds, age 90.
3 Forty-third annual reunion of pio
neers of county at Watch Tower.
4 Walter, 2-year-old son of John
Wanke, accidentally crushed to
death under wheels of wagon own
ed by Penn Oil & Supply com
pany. 5 Mercer county branch of Rock Is
land road leased to Rock Island
Southern as part of proposed rail
way to Monmouth.
7 Thomas Hisgen, Independence par
" ty nominee for president, and W.
R. Hearst dined at Rock Island
8 Philip Stroehle, while Insane from
drink, committed suicide, age 40.
Site, for new school house in Sixth
ward bought by the board
13 Baseball season closed here with
Rock Island standing seventh,
Springfield winning the pennant.
14 Death of Ben De . Gear, age 72,
from overdose of morphine. '
15 Sherman Johnson, Moline, acciden
tally killed by being struck in the
head with a ball bat, age 24.
16 Richard, 2-year-old son of Charles
Anderson, Moline, killed by fall
down elevator shaft. i .
17 Fair conducted by the patients at
Watertown asylum opened.
23 State W.C T. U. convention open
ed in Moline.
25 Charles G. Wulff, Sears, age 64,
killed by street car.
27 Death of Mrs. Mary A. Chase, M
line, aged 75.
28 Rock Island Exposition opened.
29 Democratic day at tbe exposition ;
addresses by W. J. Bryan and A.
E. Stevenson, candidates respect
ively for president and governor of
2 Republican day at the exposition;
James S. Sherman, candidate for
vice president, and Congressmen
. Longworth and McKlnney talk.
3 Close of exposition.
5 $20,000 fire in the Prince Clothing:
company store building In East
Mrs. Alzina M. Hall, age 73, killed
by Burlington train.
7 Contract for ... new buildings for
Rock Island Tool company award
Death of Peter J. Morgart, age 64,
. from heart failure.
7 Congregations of Central Presby-
terian church and Bethel chapel
vote to unite.
12 M. H. Sexton elected president of
Three-Eye league at Chicago meet
Thousands of Knights Templar in
city for three day annual conclave
of Illinois grand commandery;
parade of 1,500 uniformed knights
and exhibition drill of teams are
14 Rev. D. II. Leland, Aledo. called
to pastorate of Edgewood Baptist
Death of Mrs. Lucretia Hotchkiss,
City council, in unannounced ses
sion, ends controversy over Twen
ty-fourth street storm drain, pay
Ing Mathias Schnell $6,000 for quit
claim, after 12 years fighting in
Augustana college memorial exer
cises in honor of centennial of
Professor Lars Paul Esbjorn, one
Jesse L. Henley, pipneer settler of
Rock Island, died in Davenport,
One of biggest fires in city's history
destroys yards and planing mill of
Rock Island Sash & Door works
and sheds and yards of Rock Is
land Lumber company, total loss
aggregating $500,000; blaze starts
with explosion of coal dust in shed
19 New offices of Royal Neighbors of
America in Safety building opened
22 Press in new M, W. A. print build
ing runs off first issue society's of
ficial organ published in Rock Is
land. " New plant of National Nock Yoke
company, built with aid of Indus
trial commission, opened with re
ception to commission, and asso
24 Anna Brusso, Andalusia, age 20,
dies 0 hours after attempt to
hang self in room, at Watertown
hospital, where she had been con
fined few weeks.
25 Final church service in Central
Presbyterian church. Second ave
nue, held, and building abandoned
as place of regular worship.
21 Old building of Rock Island Brew
ing company on Fifth avenue de
stroyed by flames, plant of Willets-Magin
being almost complete loss; dam
2G F. O. VanGalder elected president
of Rock Island Baseball associa
tion, and Lowry M. Casteel sec
retary. ' :
Body of Edward Stadcr, age 30,
found in Mississippi below And a
27 Miss Theresa Heinsfurter, former
resident of Rock Island, believed
oldest spinster in the world, dies
at Hudson, Wis., age 97.
William Gray, former alderman, died
at Chicago, age 65.
2S R. S. Scott killed in accident in
railway yards at Blue Island.
2 G. C. Blakeslee elected president
of Rock Island Y. M. C. A.
Boosters camp, M. W. A., organized.
3 L. M. Magill, John Rose. George
W. Gamble and Wallace Treichler,1
all republicans, elected state's at-!
torney, coroner, circuit clerk and
surveyor, respectively, at general
election; proposition for special
tax for county purposes defeated
second time by vote of 6,887 to
4 Word received of death George
Spencer, killed in west while duck
5 Union Electric Telephone & Tele
graph company placed in hands of
receiver on petition of American
Trust & Savings bank, Chicago.
Giifred E. Hough, despondent over
long illness, evades hospital nurse,
returns to barn at home, and sui
cides by hanging, age 55.
7 William H. Hayes, pioneer insur-i
ance man, dies, age 95. j
10 Miss Sue Denkmann acquires 17
acre tract at head of Twenty-second
street as site for $50,000 res
idence. 11 Death of Thomas Crawford, Sr.,
Milan, Jjge 75. .
Charles Johnson, Moline, age 50, dies
while being taken across river
.near Hillsdale, after sustaining
rupture while hunting.
12 Looney building on Second ave
nue gutted by fire of mysterious
origin, loss being estimated at $10,
000. 13 English Lutheran churches of Au
. gustana synod form association at
convention in Rock Island.
Death of Edgar Cronk, veteran of
civil war, age 69.
Louis Anderson, age 67, drops dead
at work on power dam. Sears.
14 Rock . Island and Moline high
schools tie, 0 to 0, in annual foot
ball game at Moline.
. Control of Northern Life Insurance
company, Chicago, taken over by
Rocjc Island . men, and arrange
. ments made to transfer offices; to
15 Remodeled South Park Presby
terian chapel formally dedicated.
16 Death of William Ulam. age 64.
Death of Mrs. Henrietta Blinn, age
Death of John Snyder, age 77.
18 Park commissioners elect C. F.
Gaetjer general superintendent of
paVk system for year.
19 John Downing, age 80, found
Death due to iaflrmi-,
ties of age.
20 Fraternal Tribunes and Ameri
can Home Circle of Springfield
consolidate, retaining former's!
name and head office in Rock I -5- j
James R. Porter, conductor, diss on
Milwaukee train enroute to Rock
Island, at Cordova, death being due
to heart failure, age 41.
23 Looney building on Second ave
nue scene cf another blaz?, dam
age to it and adjoining property
being estimated at $S5,0(M.
28 Death of Charles Nessler, age
Death of Mrs. Ixmisa Bligh, age 00.
28 Death of Mrs. William Sander
son, age 71.
30 Sc-aool teachers of city cele
brate 45th anniversary of Miss
Margaret Repine as public school
1 Bank of Port Byron robbed of
$ 5.00'J by cracksman.
Death of John Richardson of Edg
ington from drinking wood alcohol,
3 Death of Robert McCoy, age 43.
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19 Ribbrrs blow cafe at . Sherrard
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20 Edgar Walker.' age 11, drowns
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