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THE HOCK- ISLSlNTD JABGTJS. MONDAY," MAY 8, 1911.
R. I. S. L7EANS
MUCH FOR CITY
Seats of Government in the Three Counties Rock Island
. Boosters Will Visit
Resources of Country They
Will Visit Not Fully Ap
preciated in Past.
Interarban Bringing Many Pas
senders and Much Freight
IS RICH IN AGRICULTURE
IS A WELL EQUIPPED ROAD
Feople Progressive and Will Meet
Visitors Ilalf Way in Their
Opens More Than OO Mile of New
Territory, Spanning Three
Rock Islanders on their booster ex
cursion over the Rock Is'and South
ern tomorrow go Into territory ranch
of which has in years past been ac
cessible from this city only by slow
and tedions methods of travel, and so
it will not be surprising if many of
them will lcoli upon scenes that they
Eever before have had ihe pleasure
of viewing. That a majority win
be surprised with what they see there
1b no doubt. They will fled flourish
ing cities, villages and hamlets and
some of the fairest and mct produc
tive districts that Illinois boasts or
now made douM- r-enjttful ny the
enfolding of nature's vernal charms.
laey will nnd a happy, prosperous
Bnd progressive people ready to meet
them half way in projects of mutual
advantage. I'nder such circumtan
ce3 their expedition ought to accom
plish great good, preparing the way
for future relations that will promote
both urban and suburban develop
ment. Evidence that the country opened
to Rock Island's markets by the new
line of the Rock Ialand Southern !s
prospering is given by the returns
of the census last year, which show I
that hardly a community along tho
road has failed to make substantial
gains during the last decade.
Starting from this city at S a. in.,
the boosters will reach Milan at 8 : 1 r , '
remaining there until 8:25. This,
village, though one of the first
settled along the route, has not euf-
fered the fate of so many of its early ;
contemporaries. It hasn't a vacant ;
house Milan is Rock island's gate-
way to the rura: districts that pa
tronize the Iatter's markets and fur
nish it with farm products. It has;
a population of 2T. Built up origl
naffy by factories attracted by !ts
water power. If. suffered loss years
ago when water power temporarily
gave way to steam but is now rap
Idly coming to its own as a suburban
residence distrlob. Scores of its men
and women are employed in the tri-'
cities, traveling back ami forth by J
trolley liny. !
Milan claims an interest in the
Sears water power p'ant now being ;
constructed and hopes to aain see
within its borders industrial enter
prises attracted by cheap power. It
has nearby the government boat yard j i -
on the Hennepin eanat. employing a :
considerable number cf men. Its mine, its people are already branch
transportation facility, with twojing out in other directions so that
steam lines, two electric lines and the when the coal in the vicinity . Is ar.
Hennepin canal, are excelled In few jhausted, as it will be after a period of
villages of its size. The merchants years, tiiere will still be something to
do a thriving business, distributing : maintain the population. There are
goods over a considerable area to J now four general stores, a hardware
the east, south and west. land implement store, a hotel, four re3-
tayi.ok HinoE. Itaurants. two lumber yards and a coa
At 8:45 the boosters are due atlyard. The lumber yards are doing an
Taylor Ridge, there to remain 20 'especially big business, for there are
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minutes. This hamirt (ices a busi-
noiv between twenty and thirty houses
in course of construction.
Work will be started soon on a mo1,
ern six-room school building to ba
completed by the first of September.
It is probable that a church will be
built by fall. A bakery is now beia
ness out of proportion to its size.
It has a bank, three grocery and
general stores, a hardware and im
pjement store. two elevators, a
creamery and a chicken "factory."
A rich farming country lies all about
and people liin.
miles to westward
station on their
county seat T
large business and
shipped from t'lc
, , to loaa ineir iat i-ame ouu uuf
witnin h aozen ; finistsed and a chicken dressing esta'b
r.tronize it as a ,;0,, ..S9rn rionni lxiii ii
i .ind from the j
.ators do a
started in a few weeks. Five car-
I loads of grain were shipped from the
tat siock 8pace last and the need for an
Ttr Chicago' Ctnl, varHa to
enable farmers living in the vicinity
Xext comes Kcynolds, where
boosters will remain from 9:1"
9:25. This is a
3G7 people. It is a cust rtbutir. point;
,,k.'are also needed and no doubt will be;.
wood, which is merely a nucleus of a
village established by the interurban.
There is a small store and yards for
the handling of live stock. A small
elevator has also been constructed and
a good deal of stock and grain is be
ing handled. . .
Monmouth will entertain the boosters
at noon. The excursion is billed to ar
rive in town at 12:10. and will not de
part on the return north till two hours
later. There is a live Retail Mer
chants' association at Monmouth, the
members of which, while to a certain
extent rivals of their Rock Island con
temporaries for the trade of the inter
vening territory, are not so narrow
but that they will receive their guests
with warm hospitality. ' They have ar
ranged for the serving of a dinner at
the armory soon after the excursion
Monmouth will be found an interest
ed. ; two concerns manufacturing plows
and other agricultural implements; an
oil can factory, and an acetyline gas
plant concern. In addition, there are
numerous smaller establishments.
There are many churches and a fine
public school system. The chief edu
cational institution is Monmouth col
lege, well known throughout the coun
try. The city is attractive to look upon,
with nice buildiugs, pretty lawns and
well kept streets.
I ALEDO. I
After a ride of six miles from Gil-1
j Christ over a branch line of the R. j
j I. S. the boosters will reach Aiedo, i
j capital of Mercer county, at 3:10 and!
, here they are scheduled to stay there j
one hour. Aledp has 2,141 people, ac-j
j cording to the census last year, and it
jis as pretty a little city as one would
j care to see. It covers a section and a
half of ground. Its chief business is
fRs- -a distributing'" point for the'eouuty.
j However, some manufacturing in a
J small way, chiefly for the local mar
; ket, is done. The city gets much of its
abundant wealth from retired farmers,
who form an unusually large portion
of the population.
In the last" year or two Aledo has
Schedule for Rock Island Boosters
Rock Island . . . . . 8:0 0 a. m.
Milan 8:15 8:25 a. m.
Taylor Ridge 8:45 9:05 a. m.
Reynolds 9:10 9:25 a. m.
Mathersville. . 9:45 10:10 a.m.
Gilchrist 10:25 10:40 a. m.
Burgess 10:55 11:10 a. m.
Norwood 11:20 11:30 a, m.
Monmouth .v. . . 12:10 2:10 p.m.
Norwood 2:47 2:47 p. m.
Burgess 2:55 2:55 p. m.
Gilchrist 3:10 3:2 0 p. m.
Aledo . 3:40 4:40 p. m.
Gilchrist 5:0,0 5:00 p. m.
Mathersville 5:15 5:15 p. m.
.Reynolds v. 5:35 5:35 p.m.
Taylor Ridge 5:45 5:45 p. m.
Milan ' 6:00 6:00 p. m.
Rock Island 6:15 p. m.
been gaining fame as an educational j yard, machine shop, creamery, an ele
center through the William and Vashti vator and stock yards. There are
college, which was recently founded two public schools, one now in
there and which now has between 200
and 300 students. This school has
quickly taken its place as one of the
leading minor educational institutions
in the state, both in the quality of its
instruction and in the prowess of its
athletes, who are more than holding
their own with those of many larger
institutions. The people of the coun
ty are now raising by popular sub
scription an endowment fund of $200,-
000 for the school.
A canvass of Aledo shows it has
four banks, two newspapers, both
weekly, -t-o clothing stores, four dry
goods stores, seven groceries, three
drugstores, six restaurants, two meat
markets, three millinery stores, two
racket stores, two hardware stores,
four barber shops, three shoe stores, a
big hotel, three implement houses,
two-livery and feed stables, three jew-i
ice cream factory, tile and brick 'cent years may be mentioned the late
Justice Guy C. Scott, who, when he
died a few years ago, was succeeded
on the state supreme bench by
his law partner. Justice George A.
gooke. James McKlnney, - now serv
ing his second term in congress from
the Fourteenth district, is an Aledo
man, and there are many others, liv
ing and dead whom the city is proud
j to call its own.
course of construction, with a high
school occupying one of the buildings,
and six churches.
The Aledo club, recently formed, is
a booster organization. It has 100
members and occupies well appointed
quarters. It is doing much for the
! ine citv. It. has a Dooulation of 9.128.
hustling village of j " "-' .h re-yllhere are atout a Hundred business j elry stores, two garages, two coal
n? 1 1 - nouses, including tnree national banKs j yards, two lumber yards, two furniture
, nest Kina oi im iu. , ' ' land a savings bank. Considerable man- ! stores,
for the country west almost to the Mis- T ,' .n are now be'-riK ; savings oanK. considerate man-; stores, one dealer in builders' supplies.
tissippi river, drawing trade from twe' 5 fracturing is done there. Tnere are three small theatres, an opera house,
counties. It is the most important sta- Planned. lth a .,ty I three establishments making clay prod- three blacksmith shops, two photo-
tion between Milan and Aledo. Hero I T JaUy empioying theucts 6Uch as 6ewer plpe' br,ck' tile.Jraph galleries, a marble works, feed
are found a live weekly news- J:,. L.,OT, ndng here. . '
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advancement of the city's interests.
The Masons and Odd Fellows have
strong lodges and the fraternal insur
ance societies are well represented.
The city owns a water plant, pump
ing its supply from a deep well, which
goes to St. Peter's sandstone, a
large part of the city is now served by
a sewer system put in at a cost ot
J20,noo and including a sceptictank
at the outlet. There are two tele
phone exchanges. The electric light
Aledo is the center of one of the
best known fine stock raising districts
in the west. Mercer county is a rich
agricultural community, there being
very little waste land within its
boundaries. ThoroughDred cattle,
horses and hogs are produced in great
numbers in every township. Breed
ers frcm all over the middle west at
tend the annual sales of stock ani
mals. Among the well known men en-
plant is privately owned. The paving gagod in this work may be mentioned
of a number of blocks In ihe business j Iaon McWhorter, famous as the "black
district this season is practically as-cattle" man; the late O. A. Bridgford,
sured. j cattle man and banker; Benjamin
Aledo has always played a leading j Whitsitt, breeder of shorthorn cattle;
part in state politics, the city being Michael Zwickcr, breeder of Shire
blessed with an unusual number j horses, Charles Clark, breeder of Per
of men who have risen above the av-;cherons, V. V. Love, James Steven
erage. Among those prominent in re-j son, and many others.
paper, two strong banks, three gen-
Those mines have been temporally j
rral stores, a drug store, lumber yard. c,nd owlng to a joint traffic diff.cul-i
hotel, furniture store, two :.ardv.-a;e .... . v .,, v removed. i
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rants, a meat market, harness shop, a f 15 i
r.nd implement houses, three restau-1
rants, a meat market, harness shop, a
cement block factory, two large eleva
tors, a marble and granite works, a ; minutes going soutn aua v u"s,
fine schocl with three departments, in-'on the return, is of interest chiefly be-j
eluding high schocl. and thiee church- cause it is the junction of th main;
f s. A modern garage is boi.-.g built. 'line cf the road with the Aledo stub, j
Tew places of its size d i es much busi-lt also has the facilities of a branch of j
r.ess and few villages possess as much the C. B. & Q-. which has been ship-!
per capita wealth. Formerly handi iing coal from there for many years.!
capped by lack of transportation facil-j Many of its mines havo been worked j
nies. since ihe advent cf the 11. I S.!out, but it still does a large business, j
it has IS passenger trains five days The Rock Island Southern schedule!
in the week, 24 on Sundays and SO: calls for the meeting here of cars j
c Saturdays. From four to six trains 'which leave both ends of the line at
stepping d.nlr except Sundar ?.i its, the same time, and the car which,
f-tation hand'.' u:.y i.elh'.' handles the Aledo business An 'auto-;
Reynolds a few years ago enjoyed the mobile hack also runs to v ioia ana
iMstinction of being the largest stock 'other nearby points not on the inter
shipping center m ITi-.i; ou'.siae of; urban and the scene is a busy one
Peoria and Chicago. Of late years part i when the cars are in.
"f the stock that caf e 'W! i? tnatKct-J BrRfiESs.
ed at Joy. Mercer county, but Key-j Tne boosters will nave 15 minutes
r.o'.ds is without doulu still the most IO get acquainted with Burgess, whica
iniVcrtanr fhippiug pcinr for farm ani-js cf interest because of the fact that
B'-als of its size in Illinois. ; ft is a town" laid out only last sum-
m ithkks ii.lk. jmcr and the lots were tbn sold at a
Mathersville. a mining town of 50";b:g public auction. "While the town is
eot ie. w'jih b:ii- sp i:n ip mi r field i not -much in evidence as yet the re
ITct;va!ly ail v nit 1 .1 v nr, w:'l lv sources cf the country roundabout
1 c t visited from 9:45 till 10:10. This ' warrant the belief that it . will 'some
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ALEDO'S MAIN BUSINESS STREET.
Is probably the most interesting stop
fr. th- trip. While a part cf the vil
lor it was incorporated a3 suv'h
r-!" a r.cr.th ago, was icmuvcd from
Ccb!e. t'fe mijo'ity cf 'he bui'd ngs
day become a trading and shipping
center with business enough to sup
port a fair population. The elte is a
pretty one and its location Is sufficient
lv removed from other towns to in-
r.:e new. aud its Improvements are b- J sure its future.
in,; a:nif of h permanent nature Orig
fnaliy intended to be sustained by the
Ten minutes will be given to Nor-
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STREET SCENE IN MATHERSVILLE.
Rock Island boosters will probably
form some idea on their trip tomorrow
as to what the Rock Island Southern
means for this city. This line, covering
the 60 miles between Rock Island and
Monmouth, serves an aggregate popu
lation of 200,000. It has, outside of
the terminal named, the following sta
tions: Milan, Taylor Ridge, Reynolds.
Southern Junction, MathersTflle, Oil
christ, Aledo. -Burgess, Norwood,
Shaws, Springdale, Cedar Hill, and
Riverside park. It spans three coun
tiea. Rock Island, Mercer and War
ran, and has a branch from Monmouth
to Galesburg. A stub seven miles
long connects the main line at Gil
christ with Aledo, and another branch
is partly graded and is to be opened
July 1 giving access to Alexis, a town
of nearly 1,000 on the line between
Mercer and Warren counties. A tres
tle 1,000 feet long will be built on this
ELECTRIC AND STEAM.
The southern operates both electric
and steam trains, maintaining a three-
hour passenger service five days in
the week and an hour and one-half
service on Saturdays and Sundays.
Freight trains are run to accommo
date this business, part pulled by
steam and part by electric motor.
Though the line has been open for
only about a year, it is being gotten in
good shape and better and better time
is being made. The 18 miles from
Southern Junction into Rock Island,
which is the old track of the Mercer
county branch of the road, is not In
as good condition as the new part of
the line, which is laid with heavier
rails. However, the entire roa4 la be
ing improved as rapidly as possible.
There are six gangs of men at work
on the line from Southern Junction
south. The ballasting of tbs roadbed
with gravel from the pit west of Milan
will be completed during the summer
and by next fall the entire road will
be in shape for the operating of cars
at high speed. Limited trains are ex
pected to be put on then and the run
ning time reduced very materially.
However, it must not be supposed that
the time now made is slow, for It Is
not. Cars are run at an average of 35
miles per hour.
The company is provided with
abundant equipment It has 16 pas
senger cars (electric), 250 stock and
furniture cars and 250 coal cars. Its
electric motors are l.ooo horse power
each and are able to pull heavy trains
FIXE POWER PLANT.
Power to operate the line Is fur
nlsht I by a modern plant near Math"
ersville on Edwards river, in the
heart of the coal district. Here, In
a steel and concrete building, have
been installed two Westinghouse &
Electric Mfg. company's steam tur
bines of 1,250 kilowatts each. In the
boiler hou.se there are four 2,500
horse power Babcock & Wilcox boil
ers, equipped with green chain grates
and stokers, ash and coal carrying
machinery, and with overhead bun
kers for the storing of 800 tons of
coal. This power plant Is said to be
the finest west of New York, and Is
the only plant of this character In this
section of the country. So smoothly
do the big turbine engines run that a
penny balanced on edge on top of
one. or them will stand Indefinitely
There Is room for two more generators,
giving a total capacity of 10,000 borse
WIM, SKI. I- POWER.
The sale of this power promises
to be a source of much revenue to
the company. A right of way Is no
being secured acroHB country from
the plant to Burlington, Iowa for
the erection of a power carrying cir
cuit to supply that city with power
and light. It in also proposed to sup
ply Monmouth and Galesburg and to
sell electricity to the smaller placen
along the Rock Island Sou'hern, and
even to the farmers.
The R. 1. s is the only Interurban
In the country operating with a
straight single phas circuit of so
high a voltage. Jtg trolley wires
carry a voltage of 11,000, transmit
ting power to the extreme ends of
the line with a less of but 10 per
cent. Provided with a feed circuit
the loss would be but about two per
The line Is directed by telephone,
the dispatcher's office being at Mon
mouth. The cars keep within a very
few minutes of schedute.
IIA.VDLEq MXT PEOPLE.
At present the line is bringing Into
Rock Island an average of 500
people daily. With adequate termi
nal facilities here the officers of the
company say the number could be in
creased in a few years to 1,000. Lack
of a road, up town for the operation
of electric cars is a handicap
to the growth of the company's busi
ness, and one that, it U believ
ed will in the near future he re
moved by a mutually satiefactory ar
rangement. Gilchrist is the general dividing
point of travel, the majprity of pas
sengers going both ways from there.
About two-thirds of the Aledo busi
ness now comes to Rock Island, whl'e
the other third goes to Monmouttj