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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 1910.
SOLD TO DEERES
Business Founded by Bock Is
land Pioneer Changes Own
ership After 50 Years.
LONG CLOSELY RELATED
Name and Organization to Continue,
With Exception of President W.
A. Rosenfield, Who Retires.
Negotiations that have been pend
ing several weeks between Deere &
Co. and the Moline Wagon company
werei consummated today in the trans
fer of the stock and plant of the latter
to the Deere interests. The sale price
Is not announced, although it is under
stood to have been In excess of
12,000,000. The- change in ownership is
effective today. V. A. Rosenfield,
ipresident of, the Moline Wagon com
ipany, gave out the following state
iment: "The Moline Wagon company has
ibeen acquired by Deere & Co. of Mo
line. Negotiations have been pending
for some time, and a proposition ten
dered by Deere & Co. has been accept
ed by the stockholders . of this com
pany. "The new owners are our largest
customers, purchasing about 75 per
cent of our annual output, and as such
are the logical owners of this business.
Drift of the Times.
"In this day of large undertakings,
it is proper and advisable for large
buyers to control the manufacturing
plants, thus making economies in. ad
ministration, expense, etc
"Because of the close business rela
tions of the two companies, co 'tng a
j period of over 30 years, the polic of
i both are, in essential features, idt.
jcal. The success of these policies .
evidenced by the combined growth of
jthe plants, .and under new manage
ment, there is every reason to believe
ithe growth will bo more rapid in the
air. Row field to Retire.
With reference to the foregoing, W11
lllam Butterworth, president of Deere
!& Co., said:
- "Mr. Rosenfleld's statement covers
'the situation. Our only regret In ac-
quiring this business is that Mr. Ro
senfield has signified his desire to
eventually withdraw from its manage
ment and business relations of the
most pleasant character, having their
inception with Morris Rosenfield, and
continuing uninterruptedly for so many
years, may thereby be terminated."
Morrla Roaeafleld Founder.
The late Morris Rosenfield, father
of the retiring head of the concern,
was the founder of the Moline Wagon
company. It had its beginning on
Nineteenth street, Moline, in the early
fifties in a frame shop of dimensions
of 60x80. Associated with Mr. Rosen
field was James First. The partner
ship continued until 1872, when a stock
company was formed with Mr. Rosen
field as president. He remained :tt the
head of the business until 1898, in
which year tha son, W. A, Rosenfield,
succeeded to the presidency, the foun
der of the business dying the year fol
lowing. From 1872 until 1884 Charles
A. Benser was a stockholder and offi
cer in the company. His death oc
curred in 1884, and four years later Ms
interest In the wagon company was ac
quired by Mr. Rosenfield. The busi
ness, under the intelligent manage
ment of its founder, enjoyed a rapid
and substantial growth. The location
,was changed to the present site, on
.Third avenue, MOHne, where the pres
ent plant occupies 11 acres of
ground, covered by 15 buildings.
Capitalisation la Xon 1,000,000.
On the incorporation of the company
in 1872 the capitalization was $100,000.
In 18S4 this was increased to $600,000,
land in 1907 It was made $1,000,000.
The stock of the company was owned
, by the Rosenfield estate, distributed
: among Mrs. Julia Rosenfield, wid
( ow of Morris Rosenfield, and her three
i children: Walter A. and Charles D.
j Rosenfield of this city, and Mrs. Irene
) Strauss of New York. Several of the
old employes of the company are the
: holders of small blocks of the stock.
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The entire stock holdings pass to
Deere & Co.
The present plant has a capacity of
100 wagons a day. A wagon Is turned
out complete every six minutes during
a working day. Five hundred men are
employed. There will be no change in
the conduct of the business or in the
operation of the plant by the new own
ers. The present organization will be
retained Intact, and the business will
continue to be carried on under the
name of the Moline Wagon company.
Nam Kbowi Over World.
The Moline wagon is known through
out the world. The name in Itself is
worth a fortune. It is known that oth
er large agricultural concerns were
seeking to purchase the wagon com
pany, but Deere & -Co., owing to the
long and close business relations that
had prevailed between the two institu
tions, were favored in the final nego
tiations. Mr. Rosenfield who expects to with
draw from the wagon company as soon
as all of the details of the transfer are
worked out, stated today that he had
no plans for the future. Whether he
would engage in other lines of activity
here or elsewhere was a matter he had
not given any thought, and would not
for a time. He is recognized in the
Implement world as one of the keenest
of business men, and the successful
manner in which he has directed the
affairs of the wagon company, follow
ing in the footsteps of his father when
a mere boy, has won him a high place
In the esteem and appreciation of the
older heads in that particular line of
Will Turn to Other Fields.
Mr. Rosenfield is a young man, with
brains, wealth and ambition, and can
be depended upon to turn his attention
to some enterprise in which he will be
given unlimited latitude for the appli
cation of his abilities. He is a native
son of Rock Island, and the one wish
of his host of friends is that his future
business activities will be uch that
he may continue to make this city his
Roarafleld to Head New Bank.
Simultaneous with the announce
ment of the sale of the wagon plant
is the filing today at Springfield of an
application for a permit for the incor
poration of the Mechanics" and Mer
chants' bank of Moline, with a capital
of $100,000. the incorporators beins:
W. A. Rosenfield, Henry Vierich and
George Fitzgibbon. It is understood
Mr. Rosenfield will be the president
of the new bank. It will be located in
the G. M. Ford building on Fifteenth
street between Fourth and Fifth ave
nues. Mr. Vierich is assistant cashier
of the State Savings Bank and Trust
company of Moline.
AT SiLVIS SHOPS
Rock Island Officials Finally Re
fuse Demand for Increase
Are Said to Be Enlisting Men in All
Other Trades to Join Them in
Walkout This Week.
Hon. T. J. Medill left this afternoon
B. Winter left last night 'or an ex
tended visit in California.
Mrs. J. L. Masterson of Tacoma,
Wash., is a guest of Mrs. J. S. Van
Horn, 915 Fifteenth street.
Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Cable left last
night for New York and Washington.
After a visit in the latter city they
wilr go to Florida for the winter.
A party of Rock Island people com
posed of Mrs. Theresa Fries, Mrs.
James Connor, Mrs. Theresa Fries
Robinson and daughter. Miss Anna
Fries Robinson, Mrs. B. W. Hurst and
Oscar Schmidt left at noon today for
New York where they will take pas
sage Saturday on the steamer Berlin of
the North German LJoyd line for
Naples. Hon. E. W. Hurst accompa
nied the party to New Yorkand will
visit in Washington before his return
home. He will Join Mrs; Hurst abroad
Chamberlain's Cough Remedy is
not a common, every-day cough mix
ture. It is a meritorious remedy for
all the troublesome and dangerous
complications resulting from cold in
the head, throat, chest or lungs. Sold
by all druggists.
Officials of the Rock Island road, ai
a final meeting with committees rep
resenting the boilermakers and boiler
makers' helpers at Silvis, held yester
day, refused to accede to the wage
demands of the men and it is expected
that the result will be a walkout at
the Jtiig shops either Thursday or Fri
day morning of the present week.
Were the boilermakers and their
helpers to quit it would tie up the en
tire plant, throwing 1,200 men out of
employment pending an adjustment of
Other Trades Satlaflrd.
In the yearly wage arrangements af
fecting the different trades at Silvis
the officials of the company succeeded
in reaching satisfactory agreements
with all excepting the boilermakers
and their helpers. The boilermakers
at first seemingly were satisfied with
the compromise offered by the com
pany, which carries an Increase of 2
cents per hour. The helpers demanded
the same increase as the boilermakers,
but this they were denied, the com
pany offering them an advance of 14
cents an hour. The helpers appealed
to the boilermakers to stand by them
in the event of a strike. The boiler
makers union took a vote on the ques
tion whether the members should
strike in sympathy with the helpers,
but the result of the vote has neved
been made public.
Four Cenln Asked.
However, the boilermakers in a new
proposal ere demanding the increase
which they asked originally, which is
4 cents an hour. The company has de
clined to consider it. It was reported
today that the boilermakers and their
helpers were making arrangements for
a walkout the latter part of the week,
and that they are prevailing upon rU
of the union men employed in the shops
to join them In enforcing their demands.
Funeral of Mrs. Latflrty.
The funeral of Mrs. James D. Laf
ferty of Milan was held from the late
home at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
Dr. W. S. Marquis of this city con
ducting the services. A choir com
posed of Jiosdaaies Alex Medill, Jo
seph H. Criswell and Clara Cropper
and Lawrence Peterson and Joseph H.
Moorhead rendered two hymns. The
remains were laid to rest in, the family
lot in Chippiannock cemetery. The
pallbearers were George V. Brown,
Leroy Goldsmith, Paul Matthews,
Robert McConnell, Charles McConnell
and Joseph H. Criswell. Mrs. Mar
garet Chilling of Chicago, Lena M. Laf
ferty of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Charles
D. McNeil of Clinton, Iowa; Frank
Woodward of Osco, Mrs. iL Williams,
Mrs. G. M. Baugh and Miss Patience
Baugh of Cambridge, 111. ; Mr. and
Mrs. J. A, McLaughlin of Geneseo and
Mrs. M. C. Moorhead of Monmouth,
111., came to attend the funeral.
FORM A COMPANY
TO HANDLE AUTOS
Tottens Join With Elbert O. Don
and Frank T. Lynch in New
FINELY EQUIPPED GARAGE
Have Agency for Five Machines and
Will Maintain a Day and Night
Application was filed with the sec
retary of state at Springfield today for
a permit to incorporate the Totten
Auto company of Rock Island, with a
capitalization of $10,000. Those named
as incorporators are M. L. Totten,
Frank T. Lynch and Elbert G. Don.
The company has organized by elect
ing the following officers:,
President and Manager W. C, Tot
ten. Vice President Frank T. Lynch.
Secretary M. L. Totten.
Treasurer Elbert G. Don.
Aarmcv for Ftve Oara.
The company occupies a garage re
cently completed on Third avenue be
tween Seventeenth and Eighteenth
streets. It has the agency for the
Bulck, Maxwell, Welch, Woods, and
Baker (the latter two electrics). A
first class livery service will be main
tained, cars to be available at any hour
of the day or night. Two new four
cylinder machines have been ordered
for this service.
It is proposed to have the most mod-
ernly equipped and completeBt garage
in the trl-cltles, so that any part of a
machine can be replaced as well as
repaired. Mr. Lynch will be the su
perintendent of tne garage. He is a
finished mechanic, having been engag
ed in the trade upwards of 10 years.
Mr. Totten and Mr. Don will manage
the business and sales of the company.
Mr. Totten will also continue the
management of the Totten Music house.
He is one of the hustling young- bus!
ness men of the community, and with
the assistance of the competent young
people with whom he has associated
MmmOf in the newly organized enter
prise, it ought to be a winner from the
start. Mr. Don Is a son of David Don.
the pioneer hardware merchant who
recently retired from active business.
Since the closing of his father's store
Elbert G. Don has been engaged with
the Moline Auto company and with the
Totten Auto company. He has stud
ied the business closely and alms to
give It his whole attention In the future.
STOP COLLECTION OF
CASH ON R. F. D. ROUTES
Washington, Jan. 25. Estimates
made by officials of the postofflce de
partment Indicate that 300,000,000
one cent pieces annually are taken
by the rural letter carriers from let
ter boxes for the payment of postage
on mall matter deposited. Complaints
against the practice have become so
widespread that yesterday the post-
office department issued instructions
to all postmasters at rural delivery
offices that after Feb. 15 the prac
tice will be discontinued.
LONG SCHEDULE FAVORED
National Ieague Will Insist Upon
Playing 168 Games.
Pittsburg, Pa. Jan. 25. The Na
tional league playing season will be
based on a schedule of 168 games
and upon that basis the joint sched
ule committee of the American and
National leagues is working, although
its labors here have not been com
pleted. No information will be given
out by any of the members.
Pittsburg, Jan. 25 An impromptu
meeting of the Joint rules committee
resulted in rescinding the rule made
last night calling wild pitches and
passed balls errors. These playea
were returned to their old ruling.
SNOW DIMMED RAIL SIGNAL
(Continued from Page One.)
Rev. Mr. Boving's Sermons.
Rev. Charles B. Boving, ' D. D., will
speak this evening at the Central
Presbyterian chapel revival on "The
Secret of Soul-Winning in the
Church." Tomorrow afternoon he will
speak on "The Church and What It
Jdeana to Me."
plication of the emergency brakes
saved all our lives.
Snow Obaourrd Slcaals.
"Former United States Senator Hop
kins was on board, but escaped in
Jury, and as far as I could learn all
the passengers beyond a shaking up
Keeley and the other passengers
said the falling snow undoubtedly
screened the signal from the engineer.
B earl a a !.
Sudbury, Ont., Jan. 25. Coroner
Howie of Sudbury today began an in
quest dnto Friday's wreck at Spanish
river. This action was taken despite
the fact that a Jury impanelled by
Coroner Jones of Webbwood has al
ready returned a perfunctory .verdict
stating the cause of the accident was
unknown. Jones is employed by the
railroad company and therefore it is
WHY, OF COURSE
IT IS POSSIBLE
to strengthen your weak stomach to
aid digestion and keep the bowels open
but you must take nothing but
The above has been, tne experience
with thousands of others, and you
ought to profit by their example.
Start today and notice the rapid im
provement in your general health. 7t
is for Poor Aopetlte, Heartburn, Head
ache, Indlgettlon, Dyspepsia, Costlve
ness and Grippe.
The Bee Hive
Corner Second Brady Streets
We Lave kai clearing sales before and doubtless you nave
attended some of tliem if so you can better appreciate tbe
importance of tbis one because tbe assortments of stylisb,
bigb grade and desirable garments are greater tban ever, and
tbe prices are even lower tban you found tbem last year.
Bargains of tbe rarest kind are bere.
Suits; Coats, Skirts, Waists, Furs, Rain
coats, Sweaters, Petticoats and
Children9 s Wearables
at discounts of
From 20 to 50 Per Cent
if you don't happen to know
THE BEE HIVE.
and tbeir big Semi-Annual Clearing Sales, it is a good
time to get acquainted. . It's tbe big money-saving event
of tbe year and you sbould benefit from it in tbe fullest
Corner Second Sr Brady Sts.
alleged he was not qualified to act.
The crown attorney will also take a
hand In the Investigation.
Flfty-EUrht Victim Foaal
Sault Ste. Marie, Out, Jan. 25. A
count of the tickets of Conductor
Reynolds of the Canadian Pacific rail
way train wrecked at Spanish river
shows there were 79 passengers on all
the cars. This does not include 'the
crew. Fifty-eight bodies have been re
covered and two are still reported
missing. In the second class coach all
the 11 occupants perished.
STATE SENATE GETS IN LINE
(Continued from Page One.)
6 per cent above the wholesale price
to the poor people of the city for
Batter Drops Saddrnlr.
Elgin, 111., Jan. 25. The price of ex
tra fancy creamery "butter dropped to
30 cents a pound on the E'gin board
Of trade yesterday.
The sudden drop from cents com
ing in the (midst of the agitation
against the high price of food caused
general comment as to the cause. It
was admitted by the board members
that the 'drop was due largely to the
agitation and to the tendency in many
localities to temporarily abstain from
high priced food stuffs. Word has
reached Elgin that some localities had
entered Into .a butter boycott. Before
the board met it was generally be
lieved a drop would be necessary.
When the quotation committee report
ed the 30 cent price It was greeted
On the Other SMe of It. R
Dwight, Kan., Jan. 25. W. U Swain,
a live stock raiser, has dispatched 10.
000 letters to farmers in Kansas, Iowa,
Illinois and Missouri calling for del-
gates to a meeting at Kansas City to
retaliate against the unions that insti
gated the meat boycott in that city.
MINE DEAL FEES $680,000
John Hays Hammond Receives $580,-
OOO as Itewult of Transfer.
Denver, Col.. Jan. 25. Two fees,
said to be the largest of the kind ever
obtained, have been given two men
fn connection with the negotiations for
tbe sale of tbe San Gertrude mine, in
Mexico, to the Camp Bird. Ltd., which
bought the famous Camp Bird mine
from Thomas F. Walsh for $10,000.-
000. John Hays Hammond, the min
ing engineer, received a $580,000
fee for bringing about the transfer
of the San Gertrude property, while
former Governor Charles S. Thomas
of Colorado will receive $100,000 for
his share in the deal in drawing up
the legal papers. Thomas is in Mex
ico completing the deal.
GO TO POLE BY SUBMARINE
German Inventor Resolves to Make
Attempt In Craft of His Own.
Berlin,, y oc .The old idea of
reaching the noi a. pole by submarine
as so graphically set forth in Jules
Verne's story, "Twity Thousand
Leagues Under th'' Sea," has been
revived by the Aouncement that
Dr. Anschnetz f ap, the inventor,
has resolved to l .ake the attempt. It
is stated he has been working for a
decade upon the project, and he will
build a submarine of his'own design.
It will be capable, It is asserted, of re
maining under the' water at great
depth for a long period. Kemp also
has invented and patented in ail civ
ilized countries a different apparatus,
by means of which he hopes to take
his sounding and bearings when deep
HEINZE LOSES AND WINS
Court Denies Application for Order
Enjoining Further Indictments.
New York, Jan. 25. F. Augustus
Heinze lost one point and gained an
other yesterday in connection with the
pending charges against him for al
leged misapplication of bank funds.
Judge Hough denied the application
of the former "copper king" for an
order enjoining the government from
securing further Indictments.
The court then decided that Heinze
must be brought to trial on the two
indictments still pending. The dae
for the trial was set for March 3.
Heinzc's counsel had protested against
Big Falling Off In Cotton.
Washington, D. C, Jan. 25. The
census bureau reports tne number
of bales of cotton ginned from the
growth of 1909 to Jan. 16. 1910, was
9.792,990 bales, as compared with
12,666,200 bales for 1908.
Inflammatory Rheumatism Cured it
Morton L. Hill, of Lebanon, Ind..
says: "My wire naa inflammatory
rheumatism In every muscle and joint;
her suffering was terrible and her body
and face were swollen almost beyond
recognition; had been In bed for six
weeks and had eight physicians, but
received no benefit until she tried Dr.
Detchon's Relief for Rheumatism, it
gave immediate relief and she was
able to walk about in three days. I am
sure it saved her life." Sold by Otto
Grotjan, 1501 Second avenue, Rock
Island; Gust Schlegel & Son, 220 West
Second street, Davenport.
Cost of Beauty.
How New York Dames Keep Young.
Keoenlly a youn Nfw York ROrlMy
woman rpooivod her monthly hill from
a downtown beauty parlor. This pr
tieulnr bill amounted to $',2 for the
month, which was, perhap?. a little
lower than th nvprage monthly ac
counts rendered by thin shop. It con
tained such Hems hs Turkiwh baths. $2;
violet water rub. 7o cents: facial mas
sacre. 75 cents. The attendants at these
exclusive "beauty parlors" frequently
make as much as $10 a day In tips. Oc
casionally some "Krande-dame" In sa
bles extracts a $lu piece from her Kold
baK nnl tosses It to Nancy with an air
of lofty jrrace. One. of these attendants
confided to a friend In an unguarded
moment that among: the many lotions
and beauty restorers used In such es
tablishments, a preparation for restor
ing array hair was most In demand. M
is usually charged on the bill at $5 a
bottle, tinder a fancy name, but In
reality Is the same formula as HAY'S
HAIU HEALTH, which retails at all
druggists for K0 cents and $1 per bottle,
and Is manufactured bv PHIIjO HAY
SPECIALTIES COMPANY.. Newark. N.
C P. A. HAY'S HAIR HEALTH has
many Imitators, but those who have
used different preparations agree that
HAY'S HAIR HEALTH Is the most ef
fective and safest.
Thomas Drag Co. and W. T. Ifartx.
Novelist Cause of Divorce.
London, Jan. 25. W. J. Locke, the
novelist, was named as a corespond
ent in an undefended divorce suit
brought by Percy Close, an engin
eer, against his wife, a decree being
granted the plaintiff today. Mr.
Locke is the author of numerous
books and several successful plays.
Gat something for your
Pay us $20 and $25 for
Pay us $5 and $6 for
(Just during the dull
ILLINOIS THEATER BUILDINO.
Old Phone 716-L.
Butter, Straight from the
Country at 35c per pound
Fresh bread, three
loaves for .. 10c
Oat meal, three'packages
Corn flakes, three
packages for 25c
Pillsbury Vitos, two
packages for 25c
Corn, tomatoes and peas,
three cans for 25c
Best Clinton soda and oyster '
crackers, two pounds for . 15c
Ginger snaps, two
pounds for 15c
Fancy Jersey sweet potatoes,
per peck 35c
Matches, three 5c
packages for 10c
Ten cent sack of salt
Fancy large rod apples,
per peck 35c
Nice large cranberries,
v per quart 3c
Sweet navel oranges,
per dozen 15c
We also handle all sizes of
611 Seventeenth Street. Both Phones