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THE AKGUS. SATURDAY. FEBRUARY . 27. 1009.
YOUNG 0- McGOMBS' NE W STORE TO HAVE EVERY MODERN FEATURE
The Best Block Now Ready for Occupancy Gives a Fair Idea of What Will Be Seen When It Is Thrown Open to the Public March 15 Fixtures Now Being Installed.
enteenth street and Second avenue, is
rapidly nearing completion,, and from
now until the time Young & McCombs,
for 'whom It was designed and con
structed, open it about the middle of
March, men are at. work night and J
day pushing it to completion and pre
paring tgr its final occupancy by the
great department store. The block is
one of the most notable improvements
ever made in the city. It is a six-story
structure,' 90 feet wide"' and 150 feet
deep, and having about CG.0O0 square
feet of floor SDace. The department
store is to occupy all of the basement
and the first two floors, of both the
south and north sections of the block,
and all of the north section. The
building is divided partially by a court
extending from west to east, the Sec
ond avenue half containing six floors,
while the north half, with higher ceil
ings, contains but five floors, though
extending the same height above the
ground. The third, fourth, fifth and
sixth floors in the south half are to be
occupied by offices, of, which there are
G4; arranged in suites of from one to
The building, which was designed
by Claussen & Claussen of Davenport,
represents an investmeut, including
the fixtures of the department store,
of something over a quarter of a mil
lion dollars, aud when the block is
opened foe inspection it will provide
department store quarters that will
The L, P. Best block, corner of Sev-' compare' favorably with anything in the building. An example of the care
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There are two main entrances, the muslin, dress goods and ladies' under
principal one of course being on Se'c-fvear departments, where arrangements
ond avenue. This enters into Young . have been made so that the stock when
& McCombs store, as does also the
one cn the west side, on Seventeenth
street. There is also a smaller en
trance, on Second avenue, which is
termed the office entrance, and leads
to the elevators and the office portion
of the block. From the vestibule of
the office entrance is also an entrance
into Young & McCombs', and in the
corridor will be the elevator entrance.
The entrance vestibules are all finish
ed in marble tile, and give at once a
pleasing impression of the block.
Adjacent to the office entrance will
be' located the cigar and news stands,
and the entrance will be convenient;!
to the men's furnishing department of
Young & McCombs, making this cor
ner practically a men's store, where
the men may make their purchases
without having to pass through the
I'erfert Saullury Conatitlomx.
In the present store of Young & Mc
Combs there are 2G departments, but
in the Best block the firm will estab
lish CO or more separate departments,
and all of them will be greatly, en
larged and have much better facilities
for the storing of stock and for the
display of goods. The whole block
has been designed with a view to per
fect sanitary conditions, and this idea
Is carried out to the most minute de-
ncit being displayed wiil be kept in
absolutely dust-proof compartments.
Then, too, the building is so designed
and equipped that not a broom will be
used in keeping it clean. The clean
ing will all be done by means of the
vacuum system, and a specially de
igned plan for this purpose has been
installed in the building. The dirt is
drawn from the floors and carpets and
is carried by the air tubes to the base
ment and deposited in the sewers.
Depart inonlM of Store.
There are so many interesting feat
ures in the building, as a whole, and
in connection with the department
store quarters, that to give a connect
ed description of the "block is difficult.
The departments alady assigned
space by Young & McCombs are as
follows ": First floor Laces and em
broideries, veilings, trimmings, black
dress goods and linings, dress ' goods,
wash goods, domestics, books, station
ery, silks and velvets, hosiery, fancy
goods, patterns, drugs, handkerchiefs,
ribbons, neckwear, leather goods, belts,
notions, knit underwear, linens, white
goods, . gloves, men's furnishings, jew
elry, candy,- soda fountain, shoes, and
cigars and news stands. Second floor
-Children's and infants' wear, cor
sets, muslin underwear, millinery, tail
ored suits, skirts, cloaks, petticoats,
tailoring, and the beauty parlors.
Third floor Pictures, picture framing,
sporting goods, carpets, rugs, matting
and linoleum, curtains, comforts and
blankets, sewing machines, wall pa
per. Fourth floor Cafe and Baltimore
lunch. Basement Toys, fancy china
and cut glass, hotel and bar ware, and
house furnishings. Fifth floor Gener
al administration offices and private
offices of members of firm and store
management. Numerous other depart
ments have not yet been assigned their
Two features of the first floor are to
be the shoe department and the soda
fountain. The latter is a very beau
tifu1 fixture, 25 feet long. The shoe
department is a new one for the store,
and will be placed in charge of L.
Gregg, an experienced shoe man. The
date an emergency, hospital and nur
sery, in charge of a competent nurse.
The hospital will be provided with all
of the "first aids" for emergency 5ascs.
and will be close to the office of a phy
sician. There will be no need for the
woman with children to leave them
with a neighbor hereafter when she
goes shopping, for' the department
store has arranged that the nurse in
Charge of the hospital and nursery
shall take charge of the littK-, ones
while the mother is doing her shop
ping. The children can be "checked,"
and while the mother is making her
purchases a nurse will look after the
little ones and see that they are kept
out of both mischief and danger, and
returned safely when the shopping ex
pedition is over.
In the basement are to be rooms es-
second floor is mahogany finish, and'Pecially designed for the display, of
tail in -the department store part of kimonas and wrappers, wai.sts. ladies'
New Building for Young McCombs at
Second Avenue and Seventeenth Street
fine china and cut glass and kindred
lines. The basement is to be lighted
by prism glass as well as by the arti
On the third floor will be located a
French' room, for the display of
In connection with the general ad
ministration offices on the fifth floor
are large and well lighted buying
rooms, for the display of stock by job
bers and manufacturers. These will
jbe of material benefit for the store
buyers and for the traveling salesmen
Im SrirntlfU-allj- Lighted.
The store, it is claimed, is to be one
t J h
will be carpeted with a heavy velvet
carpet. The second floor is to accom
modate the beauty sparlors, and these
will be in private rooms, and will be
in charge of a competent woman. AH
modern apparatus and methods are to
be installed, and the important de
partment of beauty is not to be handi
capped by any lack of proper -appli
ances for making my lady charming.
Til Kent llooniH.
The rest rooms are also to be on
the second floor, and while these are
designed primarily for the convenience
of customers, the proprietors' of the
store expect them to be used as public
rooms, and in fact will urge their use
by any to whom the convenience of,of the most scientifically lighted build-
such a place appeals. They will be ings in the west. It is equipped with
shut off from the main part of the 1 prsm glass on the first and second
store by railings, and will be provided floore for the dititrjbutioll ot natural
with comfortable chairs and couches,'
writing tables and free stationery. anJ-,Isht- a,ld throughout the building are
reading tables supplied with current being installed the tungsten lamps on
reading matter. The rest rooms are the specially constructed fixtures. In
to be comfortably near the free check-J designing the building great care was
ing room, where the store will take given to the lighting problem, and an
charge of packages without charge. I engineer was brought from New York
The rest room will be in charge of a to plan the system. The result is that
matron. ,the rays of all lamps meet before they
On the third floor are to be special- reach the floor or display tables, and
ly designed rooms for "the display of 1here is an even light over every inch
pictures. .of space. The location and strength
vair- on Fourth Floor. j of all lamps has been directed by the
One of -the most interesting depart- engineer after a careful study of the
ments in the store is- the cafe and building. It is claimed that it has
Baltimore lunch, which .will occupy been proved that it is as easy to match
the main part ofthe fourth floor. The colors under this lighting system as in
cafe and lunch are to be open from 7 sunlight
o clock in the morning until 9 o'clock The buildin
in the evening, and later if there is a elevators
public demand for its accommodations, the depa
It will be reached by the store en- general office entrance, and a freight
trances, and there will also be an en- elevator in the store. These are all
trance from the office entrance of the operated by electricity, and provided
building, for use when the store is with ample safety devices,
closed. The cafe ,to have a seating t . -f will Nci xo u-e. . '
capacity of 230 of a 'time, and a ban- '0na of the worst objections to the
quot capacity. of 500. Special attention ordinary building of this character is
is to be given to banquet service, and ( the unsanitary condition resulting from
Young & McCombs have imported a ; the use of commercial ice. This is en-
uuei aim usMsiani irom isew xorK io:t re v dnn awnv with In fho Roct
department where the goods she re-
is to be accomplished by means ot a
cylindrical gravity conveyor extending
to the basement, where the wrapping
department is to be located. The com
pany in this connection is preparing to
establish a v.c:r eornp'ate delivery
system, that will cover not only the
three cities, but Milan, East Moline
and Silvis as well.
The pneumatic tube check and cash
conveyors are to be employed as at
present in the new store. In the base
ment the operation of this system will
be open to view.
I'lruty of Mirror
In Young & McCombs' new store are
to be found so many mirrors that with
out hardly turning her head a woman
may be able to determine at once
whether her hat is on straight or not
Every supporting pillar is to have a
large minor, and there will be bi
beveled French plate mirrors between
all of the windows.
Huh 1'lnc Of!i-e ltooiun.
While the office section of the build
ing does not afford the many jiew and
striking features thatyire to be found
in the store quarters, it is to be mod
ern, in every detail and to have all of
the conveniences of the modern office
block of the large cities. The office
rooms are large and airy, aud well
lighted. Provision for both phone con
nections, and all electric and gas con
nections have been made, and a ver
it able network of wires and pipes ex
tends through the building, aud has
plugs ready for the attachment of
fixtures in convenient, places.
The office block will have a mail
this apparatus,- and a contract' for it
quires are kept for every department
is to be provided with a telephone.
Shopping in all departments may -be .
done, and the. purchases will be accum
ulated in one package, if desired. This
has been let. The building will also
have its own postal sub-station. No. 11.
Provision for this has already been
made through tho postoffice here.: In
cidentally, it might be observed that
Rock Island is, in the matter of postal
sub-stations, far ahead of either of the
other three cities, and was the first to
secure sub-stations in the department
stores. When Young & McCombs' new
store is opened there will be 11 separ
ate substations of the Rock Island
postoffice, located in central places in.
the different sections of the city.
Compete With Chicago. .
Speaking today of the opening of the
new store, F. G. Young said: "We
hope to be able to open the store by
March 15. Of course the entire stock
will be new, and no old goods will be
taken from the present quarters into
the Best block. We intend to stock
and equip the store so that we can and
will compete successfully with the
great department stores of Chicago.
In fact we expect to be able to afford
even better service than is to be se
cured in the Chicago department
Went l ) In Hurry.
. Jobsf& Sons of Peoria are the general
contractors for the block, and ! they
have put up the building in record time
after the excayations were completed.
All .through the process of construc
tion the greatest haste consistent with
chute extending from the sixth floor I first class work has been exercise!.
to the basement. Postma'ster H. A. J. I and a new pace in building operations
McDonald has approved the plans for. iu. the tri-cities has been set.
Present Home of Young McCombs
1721-23-25 Second Avenue
milding is equipped with four JriT"
s-two passenger elevators in SIk
artment store and one in the frKrrri; r, , ,i..,.:..g- --A iglu-:" . a.y,; aTlg;
take charge of the culinary depart
ment. The cafe is to be finished in
mission, style, and heavily carpeted.
Each c?fe table will be provided with
a telephone for the convenience of pa
trons. The kitchen is to be modern in
every detail. It will be equipped with
steam and gas heating apparatus, and
with attachments from the refrigera
ting system, which will be mentioned
further later. A rule is to be estab
lished that the kitchen is to be subject
io puunc inspection at an times, it is
so designed that it has not a crack or
'crevice for the collection of dirt or
'germs, and the floors are of granitoid
and the walls of solid cement.
IIoMpitnl nnd IS'urnery.
The fourth floor is also to accommo-
block by means of-the installation of
a cold storage system which will do
away with the use of any ice in either
the cafe kitchen or at the soda foun
tain. Under this system it will be pos
sible, it is claimed, to give all food
stuffs that may be used just the right
temperature without spoiling their
flavors. This is in keeping with the
policy of the owners and tenants of
the store, that all details must be with
a view to perfect sanitary conditions.
Hereafter the woman who wishes
to make purchases will not find it
necessary to go down town on a rainy
day. All she will need to do, provided
her purchases are of a character that
do not require a personal selection, is
to telephone to the store, and to the
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TO USE THE CANAL
Farmers Organize Grain Company and
Will Build a Chain of Five
CAPITALIZED AT $50,000
To Erect Buildings and Start Opera
tion of Boat Line This Spring,
Selling at Peoria.
The Hennepin Canal Grain com
pany, capitalized at $5O,0tM has bean
nrynniiBit at Mnnlins nnd tncornorn-
, the built along the main line of the'
, tlon papers have been filed. The com- . . : , . . j
x pany was organized by the Smith, Hi- rjaty's farm either near Annawan r
G. Boyden of LaSalle. The comnauv
was organized as a farmers' elevator
enterprise and it is the intention to
engage in the grain business along tho
Hennepin canal and feeder.
The plans contemplate the erection
of five elevators along the canal and
the feeder and the construction of two
grain barges and a tug boat for tin
transportation of produce from the ele
vators of the company to the mar
kets. I.M-llliouM of Klevlltor.
The directors of the company have
announced that elevators will be
built at the following places along the
feeder: Frank Fischer's farm, north
west of Sheffield; Frank Hamilton nr
Swan Munson's farm northwest of
Sheffield; the county line between Bu
reau and Whiteside counties, a;id at
William McCormick's farm iu White
side county. Only one elevator will
ADOPT BIG CLASS
Four Local Camps of the Modern
Woodmen Hold Ceremonies and
Have Social Session.
DEGREES GIVEN TO 100
prize, a gold watch charm, Albert Gutz
wiler of Camp 26, who secured nine;
new members ; third prize, a pair of
Woodmen cuff buttons. G. J. Shaw of
Camp 309, who secured six new mem
bers. Following the program a smoker
was enjoyed and then a supper was
served. It was a late hour when the
party broke up. The Woodmen camps
of the city which united in the affair
were Nos. 2C, 29, 309, and 1550.
Meeting at K. of C. Hall Marks Close
of Membership Contest, and
Prizes Are Awarded.
HIGH SCHOOL NOTES
pen Grain company, of Pekin; Clyd-:
Baty and U C. Houghton of Sheffield;
William McCabe of Tampico, and V.
It you Have any trouble with
your eye's, difficulty In eeelng
distinctly or reading; , aching;
eyes, tired eyes. If you suffer
from headache, or If your eyes
Inflame easily, call and have Dr..
Myers examine tnem. we nave
all appliances for carefut exam
ination, and we grind the lenses
to fit your eyes, in our own shop.
Myers Optical Co.
212 Safety Building, Rock Island
Mineral. . --- j
RcKln HulldluK April 1.
It is expected that building opera
tions will be commenced about April
1 and the company's grain fleet will
also be started at the same time. Eacli
of the barges will have a capacity ot
9,000 bushels of grain. They will he
ready for service in time for ths fall
businers. Peoria will be the principal
market catered to.
Suffering and Dollars Saved.
E. S. Loper of Marllla, N. Y., says;
"I am a carpenter and have had many
severe cuts healer by Bucklen'a Ar
nica Salve. It has saved me suffering
and dollars. It is by far the best heal
ing salve I have ever, found." Heals
burns, sores, ulcers, fever sores,
eczema and piles. 25 cents at all
druggists. - - , . . ., '. - . .
The classadoplion ceremonies conduct
ed jointly by the Modern Woodmen
camps of the city at the K. of C. hall
last evening was attended by about
400 members of the different camps,
and onfc of the best sessions of the
l'onr Tf - r lniil TV j-a-v wnio -i Krill t f
100 candidates for initiation in the'
different-camps, secured through the
membership contest of which the adop
tion last evening was the windup.
The iTiitiation ceremonies were in
j charge of the degree team and the
officers of Camp 2C. Following these
ceremonies, which included the con
ferring of the fraternal and beneficiary
degrees, a, short program of speaking
was given which included talks by
Head Clerk Major C. W. . Hawes and
his secretary, J. F. Egan.
Prizrit Are A-wnrded. . .
"The prizes v.on in the contest were
ARE CALLED BEFORE
Port Byron Merchants and Farmers
Are Summoned for Alleged Viola
tions of the Law.
As the result of an inspection by
pure food inspectors recently, sever?.!
residents of Port Byron have- been
summoned to appear in Chicago befora !
the commission, and explain violations
of the law. Those who have been re
ported are as follows: Fred Moody
extracts purchased from the Halligan
company of Davenport not up to stand
ard; J. J. and J. H. Huntley, vinegar
not up to grade; Luther Schafer of
Coe, for selling vinegar ' of inferior
grade to the Huntleys. The cases are
not believed to be willful violation,
but are being taken up by the inspec
tors as an educational step, to teach
the dealer and the farmer that both
are to be held strictly responsible
for the quality of their produce. -
Tour taxes, real and personal, are
now due. You can pay the same at
my office, with Schriver & Schrlver
attorneys, 1712'fc Second avenues. Of
fice hours, 9 to 11:45 a. m., and 2 to
4:45 p. m. Open Wednesday and Sat
urday evenings from 7 to 9 o'clock.
J. B. JOHNSON, Collector.
Please bring last year's tax receipt
The senior class held a special meet
ing yesterday afternoon to vote on
what the class wanted the juniors o
give in the way of the annual recep
tion. Some were in favor of the
Asua junior hop, some in favor of ;t :
banquet and others in favor of an ex-!
cursion. The ballot taken resulted as;i
foilows: Junior hop, 33; excursion j
17; banquet, 12. The seniors will a
given their regular hop at ths :
Tower accordingly in connection with
the commencement festivities.
Save Money by Buying Chamberlain's
. Cough Remedy.
You will pay just as much for a bot
tle of Chamberlain's Cough Remedy
as for any of the other cough medi
cines, but you save money in buying;
it. The saving is in what you get, not
what you pay. The sure-to-cure-you
quality is in every bottle of this rem
edy, and you get good results when
you take it. Neglected colds often de
velop serious conditions, and when
yo'u buy a cough medicine you want to
presented to the winners by Deputy.be sure vou are setting one that will
.E. Boultinghouse of Aledo. The prizes 'cure your cold. Chamberlain's Cough
j were awarded as follows:' First prize,' Remedy always cures. Price, 25 and
a solid gold riug, J. Fett of Camp 309. 50 cents a bottle. For sale by all drug-
who secured 13 new members; second gists.' ,-
SATISFACTION OR MONEY BACK.
For Sale and Guaranteed by the Following Grocers:
L. KRAMER & SON, 530 Ninth street.
L. C. PFOH, 1400 Third avenue.
E. H. CLEMENT, 326 20th St.
BOULEVARD GROCERY, 823 20th St
A. W. DIEDRICH, 305 20th St.
L. W. GIBLER, 1400 7th Ave. .
SITTIG & STAHMER, 7th Ave. and 17th St.
LANGE & HEITMAN, 2706 7th Ave.
SIEGH ARTNER & BOETJE, S30 Third avenue. .
SIEGHARTNER & BOETJE Company, 1201 3rd Ave,
APPLE BROS.. Eighth 6treet nd Third avenue. ,'
LARSON & LARSON, corner 7th Ave, and 15th St.
J. C. CHANSKY, 801 Twelfth street ;
C. . BLADEL, 1101 Twelfth street - '
PETERSON BROS., Ninth street 3
J. SILVERMAN. 611 17th St. y
CHAS. HOLMGREN, 2931 5th Ave. ,
G. S. JOHNSON, Distributor.