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THE ARGUS. FItlDAY. JUNE 18, 1000.
HARPER IS SOLD
TO DR. DE SUVA
Well Known Hotel Property
Changes Ownership -Consideration
WILL CLOSE TOMORROW
Montrose and Mcllugh to Dispose of
Furafohiiigs at Once Plans
' and History.
The Harper house hotel property
vas sold late yesterday to Dr. Joseph
BeSilva by Fay and Stuart Harper,
t: rough a deal handled . by the
Reidy Bros, agency. The consideration
was $105,000, a six suite Hat building
oa Seventh avenue and Eh-hth street,
Moline, having been given in part pay
ment., , The Moline property was given
a. valuation of $ll.nod in Hie deal,
vhlch is one of the biggest in real
e iate ever put through iu Hock la
Negotiations for the sale of the
property have been under way for
about two months, and have been re
ferred lo heretofore by The Argus, the
details of the transaction, however,
having been withheld at the instance
of the parties interested. The formal
transfer was completed last night, and
this morning Dr. DeSilva took posses
sion of the property.
The Harper house is one of the fin-
erf business blocks in the three cities,
In point of construction. There Is an
18-inch wall from the ground clear to
the roof, and the construction Is such
that if desired several more .stories
could be adJed without replacing the
vails. The property lias a frontage of
100 feet on Second avenue, ir8 feet on
Nineteenth street, and 140 feet in the
rear. It is five stories high. The
fcuilding was remodeled 10 years ago,
and its arrangement is modern.
Not ltcaily to Mnkr Announcement.
When asked this morning as to
his plans. Dr. 1; Silva, the new pro
I rie'.or, said he had not been in pos
j.es3i.n long enough to give serious
consideration to plan;; or to formu
late any ideas for announcement as
t' improvements, etc. "The property
was bought subject to the lease of
Messrs. Montrose and Mcllugh,
which expires July 1," he said, "and
they will of course remain in posses
sion until the termination of their
leasehold. I do not anticipate, how
ever, that the hotel will remain clos
ed long. There are a number of ap
plications for lease of the property
and it is expected that a new lease
will be made very soon effective at
once on the termination of the pres
To He C'twel Tomorrow.
A3 heretofore announced, the Har
per will be closed by the present les
sees, Messrs. Montrose and Mcllugh,
after breakfast tomorrow morning
and will remain dosed during the
life of the present lease, iu order to
dispose of the equipment and furni
ture owned by the lessees. At 9
o'clock next Thursday morning, an
auction sale will begin at the hotel,
conducted by the auctioneers, Messrs.
COnibrie and Hrokhaw of New York,
who are already well known in Rock
Island as having officiated when
Young & McCombs reduced the stock
iu' their former stjre last fall prepar
atory to removal into their big new
department store in the Rest build
ing and who afterward -disposed of
the jewelry stock cf J. B. Ingalls.
The Harper In Local IIIxtor-.
A brief sketch of the Harper ap
rceared iu The Argus a few. days ago
iu connection with the publication of
the plans of Messrs. Montrose ami
TJcHugh in view of the anticipated
expiration of their lease. No his
tory could be written of Rock Island
without extended reference to thiTf
place the . Harper has always occu
pied. At the tfme It was bufll by its
t . . t .1 1 1
. .UB .u. "-;few yt.ars ia(Pr f0iOWed bv the t e
Beu Harper, at a cost of $100,-, ,Il0(1(?!i of Uie Keator , Molj
O00.it was regarded as a ouar-- hrll bePBlno the Manufacturers,
ter of a century ahead of the town ' nd , bui(i of thft Davenport anl
It was righ ly the pr.de not only of, Mr, m;0n3lriIcUon of t!le Kimball
Rock Islam but. of the three ti .es acrosf. he riVer. more recently, the
and of all thin ; sect.on. and bo it has Ha 4ost consiurabR, of its pros.
remained to this day. While Mr ',, WnuKe npwer hote,s wpre
Harper Hyed he gave his personal ni-ore niodern. -lne n had ney.
attention to the conduct of the bos- ertlu.u,ss st,t the pace for al, the oth
telry, and kept it up to datein all
respects. It was one of the first ho-!
THE HARPER HOUSE
ONE OP THE BEST KNOWN HOTEIS IN THE VEST, THE OWNER
SHIP OF WHICH HAS CHANGED.,': , ,
Three Men Prominent in History of the Harper House
irH IH V;-iCr y. 1 ; r jz.
fsfc;Vv-'- U 7 J 1 1.,
THE LATE BEN HARPER,
BuihH-r of the Hold and for Many
Years Owner and Manager.
tels in the we?t to be equipped with;
lire escapes, and no improvements in!
hotel accomodations and safety came J
: . t K . . . .. IT . . . i
"ul l,u,L ""'i a nui qmtK
iu uuu)!.. ji inc" Liiiitr iii.-j lit';; li ii Hill
ed, he was planning to make the
changes in the lobby that followed
12 years later. The hotel was the
subject of his just pride and per
sonal attention, and in providing it
for Kock Island, lie buiided better
than either he or the people of Rock
Island knew or realized.
Five stories high, and so con
structed as to carry a number of ad
ditional stories, it has been modern
ized from time to time, and kept up
to date.' If contains 100 rooms, and
Hie parlors and great dining hall on
the second floor have been the
scenes of brilliant social gatherings
and assemblages r.bout which cluster
some of the fondest remembrances
of present day residents of Rock Is
land. I'nmllinr an llttlrl Site.
The present location at Nineteenth
street and Second avenue has been
the site of a hotel for upwards of
half a century. Originally the Ilad
sell house stood there. It in turn
was followed by the Island City,
which .Mr. Harper purchased at an
early day and named it the Redman.
Along in the late Go's, it was destroy
ed by lire and in 1870, Mr. Harper j
began the erection of the present
structure winch was brilliantly opened
Feb. 22, 1ST I. and it was owned and man
aged by him until his dea'h in 1SS
Then for a few years it wao managed
in turn by the late Homer .1. lwrey
and by T. R. Harper and in 1801. .1.
E. Montrose became the lessee. Mr.
Montrose conducted it alone iintil
1895, when v .iar!es Mcllngh became
part owner of the lease, the Harper
house company having been formed,
which released it dating from July
1, IS'.itt. Various improvement
have been made from lime to time,
but when the prosupt lessees took
hold the property underwent a com
plete transformation, the ol'ice being I
moved from the second floor to the
nrst anu me commodious lobby was
put in, tne parlors enlarged, auu pri
vate dining rooms added, and the
house remodeled throughout at a
cost of $45,000.
and Mcllugh in addition to thiaex-
pended $35,000 in brand new furni- j
ttire and equipment, and when it was
completed it was regarded as the fin
est hotel between Chicago and Denver.
But timeTiies rapidly. The Harper 1 ()t i,as a frontage of 40 feet on Six
iohso was strictly up to date 10 u-enth street, and is l.r0 feet deep.
years ago, yet with th
n 1, ..;!.!:.. . t
i"B ilium:, ail emueiy new iioiei
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(Continued on Tage Eight.)
Who Started us Bellboy. Became Clerk.
and for 14 Years Manager.
DR. JOSEPH DE SILVA
NEW PROPRIETOR. OF THE HAR
PAYS FOR THE LOT
Representative of District At
torney Conies Here on
NEEDED FOR THE ADDITION
-New Building Will Xot Oecupy
ii'i'ound, However Plans Are
Judge Story of the United States
district attorney's office at- Spring
fieI,i ;aine to jo.lc island today, and
closed the deal for the purchase of
the lot adjoining the present post-
This lot. although not to be
occupied by the new building, was J
rJnuil.ed iu oraer to mpet th con 1
ditions which demand n clear space
of 40 feet between government build
ings and any ether structure. The
from J. fi.
Oakleaf cf Moline, the consideration
being ? 5, oiiit. Judge Story delivered
to Mr. Oakleaf , 'a draft for the
amount. ' , ' 1
Soon to AilvertlMC.
Postmaster II. A. J. McDonald is
daily expecting plans of the new ad
dition to the poHtofficc from the sup
ervising architect's oftice. It is ex
pected that the advertisements for!
bids will be made early in July, and
that work will 'be begun in Septem
PRESS CLUB HAS MEETING
Members Knjoy Out ins t llliick
Hawk's Watch Twer.
One of the most pleasant meetings
tlio TriC'ity Press club has held ra
cently took place at the Watch Tower
last evening. The usual dinner was
w rved at 7:20 and a short business
sevsfon 'was held afterward, mattes
pertaining .to the welfare -of the or
ganization being taken up.
Joseph F. Reevesw
The funeral of Joseph Franklin
Iteeves, one of the well known resi
dents of Cordova, was held Tuesday
from the home, with burial at. the Cor
'ova cemetery Mr. Reeves died Sun
day at his home. He was 59 years M
agV, a native of Sharon, Pa., and hai1
been a resident of Cordova for near!?
half a century. He is survived by his
wife, three sons and two daughters."
. Mrs. Ralph B. McCfearv.
- Mrs.".Ralpb. B. McClearjr mother-in-
1 ' 1
' "-4. -J , , i .
: R. C. WILLERTON,
For ?.G Years Chief CW"k1ind Popularly
- Known by' the Traveling Public.
law of Dr. V. E. Taylor, superintend
ent of the Watertown hospital, died at
her . home in Monmouth yesterday
rrioiniug, aged 7S. She Is survived by
her husband and three daughters. Dr.
and Mra. McCIeary celebrated their
golden wedding in 1904.
SPECIALS AT McCABE'S.
Tomorrow Will lie Red Letter lay
31.0O Worth or S. & 11. (U-eeu
Stamps Free to lOvery One
for the Asking;.
' I Those beautiful fresh cut carnations
i 1!" cents a dozen again Saturday.
i Folding go-carts with rubber tires,
j 5i.:!S Saturday.
At 3 o clock Saturday children s
black and tan stockings, 5 cents per
Just one more lot of those 15 cent
Toile du Nord ginghams, mill lengths
of 2 to 10 yards, 3: 'JO p. m. Saturday,
F cents a yard.
I.inen finish suiting usually 15 cents,
at 2:30 p. m. Saturday 7',. cents yard.
Licensed to Wed.
Charles Carlson ..1 East Moline
Mrs. Louise Vercanderen
The Nobby Dressers' Headquarters
Men's Silk Hosiery
Guaranteed pure silk
in all the different col
ors red, navy, emer
ald, brown, taupe,
-black, etc. Limited
New Arrivals in Shirts, Pajamas, Belts, Neckwear, etc.
If You Want the Newest, Come Here. You Know Us.
PROVIDE THE SITE
Trustees Draw Upon Booster
Fund for $12,000 for Royal-"
NORTH OF CLUB ON 16TH ST.
(Only Few Minor Details Left Before
All Promises Will Have
The trustees of the Greater Rock Is
land industrial fund at a meeting :t
the Rock Island Club has approved ot
the payment out of the booster fund
the $12,000 necessary to buy the norta
SO feet of the club property facing Six
teenth street as the site promised the
Royal Neighbors of America for a home
contingent .upon their removal here
from Peoria. It Is the site the supreme
officers selected when they met here
to consider the removal.
Few Uetnila to Settle. ,
, It now only remains lo settle miiu:
details in regard to the difference in
office rental paid In Peoria and in the
temporary quarters in the Safety build
ing here and then the matter will have
Lieen all cleared up.
H. E. Casteel was given full author
it;: by the trustees to conclude the de
tails. The trustees of the boor.ter fund
rre President V. A. Rosenfleld of the
Rock Island Club; Mayor George W.
McCaskrin. Phil Mitchell of the State
l ank, H.e: Casteel of the Rock Island
National bank and Otto Huber of the
People's National bank.
LONG SUIT IS
Insurance Companies Pay G. A.
Koester $:i:i.OOO ou John
The long pending foreclosure suit
of Koester against Looney involving
the looney building on Second avenue
has been disposed of.
The suits of Looney against a num
ber ot insurance confpanies on poli
cies Issued. upon his building on Sec
ond' avenue, which was burned last
November, have been settled out of
court. Looney brought action "for use
of" G. A. Koester and the Union Sav
ings bank . of Davenport, the last
lamed parties being brought 1n be
cause the insurance, if collected, was
Let us show you the newest
the very latest for your particu
lar build. The styles we carry
are different from all others and
give you that air of distinction
that all particular men desire.
All the newest colors and fab
rics, and the makes are the best
in the country. Hold their shape
If you want the very newest shapes that are
being worn in the east don't fail to sec our line.
We have the
A large shipment of
men's silk shirts just
to apply on the mortgage which they
held ou.the Loouey property. About
10 . insurance companies were made
defendants in actions aggregating ap
proximately $55,0. .
The settlement effected between
Chicago adjusting firms representing
the companies and Looney, and Searle
&. Marshall of this city representing
Mr, Koester, involves the payment of
$23,000 and this sum has been paid co
Mr. Koes'er and t'ne Union . Savings
band, 'it doe3 not quite satisfy the
mortgages, which call for $35,000 in
sound numbers. New mortgages have
Lten given against the property for
the difference. This gives Looney the
building as it now stands practically
fiee from incumbrance.
DEAL IS NOT COMPLETED
Ottawa Men Will Come Hark and
Give Deed Next Week.
Judge A. T. Lardin and C. P. Tay
lor have returned, to Ottawa, after
spending several days here in an
effcrt to close the deal for the new
park in the east end of the city. The
Ottawa men are to return next Fri
day, when (t ho formal transfer of the
Case tract to the city will be made,
and the city will become the actual
owner of the park site.
Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Allen and child
ren of Cincinnati are visiting at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Brown.
John Ohlweiler left today for Mil
waukee, where he will take In the skit
tournament which is in progress .there.
Mrs. Jessie L. Harrington of Boul
der, Col., is in the city to spend the
summer with her daughter, Mrs. H.
B. Hajden. ,
Miss Nellie Scully has returned
from Peoria where she was a dele
gate to the convention of the Fra
Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Junge and their
daughter. Miss Frieda, left this
morning for Milwaukee to attend a
skat tournament there.
Captain Dick Colemere of Danville,
formerly of Rock Island, is in the city
for a visit with old friends, accompan
ied by his grand-daughter, Grayse
Colemere of Camanche, Iowa.
Dr. and Mrs. E. M. Sala have re
turned from the east. The doctor at
tended the American Surgical society
rr.eeting at Philadelphia and the Amer
ican Medical society meeting at At
Turtle soup rerved at Dressen's bar,
177 Fourth avenue, Saturday night. .
Baked fish and lunch at Joe Par
ker's Saturday night, 1130 F&urth
largest line in ttf
"Nothing so comfortable as
underwear that (its. Ours
fit. B. V. D. coat shirts
and knee drawers. Poros
knit,' silk and balbriggan
union and 2-piece suits.
25c to $3
H. It. COLLINS
Option of M. Wt A. and E, N. A.
on Spear-Property Expires, ;
but-Deal is Made. ,
HAVE ANOTHER CHAiMCE
Will be Allowed to Close in SO Days
Under Xew Arrangement Im- -provenient
of Ixtt Assured.
The 60 day option which the local
camps of Woodmen and Royal Neigh
bors had on tha Spear property on
Eighteenth ntreet and Third avenue,
expired yesterday and had it net
ben for the kindness of H. K. Col
lins, the chance for securing a -dt
for a camp hall would have beea
gjpne for some time at least. Th
Woodmen and Royal Neighbors weie
expected to have at their tommrnl
the $15,000 with which 'to'p-ircha&o
the property yesterday, but .hey fe,l
liuun 01 mis amount ana were in a
predicament as to what to do. It
was impossible to secure an exten
sion, but Mr. Collins came to the
rescue by purchasing the property
and giving the Woodmen an option
on it' for 30 days.
A committee consisting of Georg.
Weriger, R. G. Summers and H. K.
Collins held a long conference witii
Mis,s Kate Spear and Mrs. Jenr.u
Crooks of Davenport, the owners -f
the property, and the final result ws
that Mr. Collins purchased the proi -erty
when the owners refused to ex
tend" the optign. Mr. Collins states
that tne deal makes certain the im
provement of the property as he wi;i
improve it himself if the Woodman
allow their new option on it to lapse.
Renew the CaavaMM.
The general committee of tha
Woodmen will now exert itserf anew
in hopes of raising enough money to
buy the site. So far c .nly a small
portion of the money need eft is in
sight, but it is the earnest hope of
the members that the rest w ill te
rortncoming. The committee will
hold a meeting at the head office of
the Woodmen on Monday evening
and ways and means will be dis
cussed. The canvass for funds will
recommence and in the course of the
next week a list of the subscribers
(Continued on Pare Eight)