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Two Rock Island-Southern Owners arid Views Taken Along the Line
The Southern la,wn fitted forlthe
yNy 0f frcttt. -lirrtoc traffic , ar
rmmwuti wltayraetically i wvary
traaX-Hji-l. ChowsSty a,ndl ha miles
freight from; both '.the. eastern sand
-western territory It makes a close
connection - with" the Santa Fe at
Cameron east of Xonmouth, with
the Iowa' Central end Burlington at
Moemooth. and with the Rook
Island, fiarttngtoa aad Milwaukee at
More Important In this vicinity than
the oulHide business Is that which the
road originates. Of this coal Is the
chief Item. The line passed through a
coal field that underlies the road for
nearly the whole width of Mercer coun
ty, x number of the districts known
to be rich in coal bare never been pros
pected. The average thickness of the
known reins Is four and one-half feet.
They lie about SO feet below the surface.
The company aims for the present to
. make SiaChersvllle Its coal center.
Hera are located two mines with tip
ples capable of boleting 1,500 tons each
dally. Most of this is brought to the
Great things are expected of the de
velopment at the clay 'resources of the
dlstrictbetween GUohrfc and Mathers--vflle,
Wbere brick sad tile as good as
any in the country can be manufactur
ed. The company proposes to develop
UTI STOCK AJTD GRAW.
Besides supplying freight to resi
dents ee and near the road, the R. I. 8.
is doing a large business in live stock
and grcdn. Twice a week from 6 to 15
carloade of stock are shipped from
points en the road to the Chicago mar
fcet, while grain is being handled con-
BROtGHT tnEALTH TO COOTHT
Since the Rock Island Southern has
began electric eerTice land values in
tbs country for several miles on each
side of the road have about doubled,
'-. thu greatly benefiting the owners.
The offering of quick, regular transpor
tation to a people who have been serv-
. Irregularly; when at all, meant much
for them, and the result is a wonderful
Quickening of life all along the road.
Aledo hailed the road as an emancipa
tor after years of experience as a sta-
' tloa cn a single branch line of a bkj
; railway system, and is patronizing the
And every legitimate inducement is
being offered to encourage travel. The
more Important theatrical and other
attractions, conventions, etc., at either
terminus is advertised all along the
route and special cars are run If the
business tn prospect warrants.
OmCiZMB OF ROAD.
JC. C. Walsh of Clinton. Iowa, is pres
ident of the Rock Island Southern. J.
X. HanJy of Chicago is vice president,
in charge of traffic; William W. McCul
lough of Monmouth is general mana
ger; J. D. Cornell of Monmouth is gen
eral fMcht Agent, and H. W. Stewart
of Monmouth passenger traffic manager.
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Center of Most Important Ur
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ITS ATTRACTIONS MANY
Strong Bidder for the Attention of
Those Looking for Location
THE BIG CEDAB CREEK BRIDGE.
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EXTERIOR VIEW OP POWER HOUSE.
Hock Island is one of the live ana
growing cities of the Mississippi val
ley. With VXoIlne and Davenport and
surrounding municipalities it forms
the most Important center between
Chics go on the east and Kansas City
on the west, and between Minneapo
lis and St. Paul on the north and St.
Louis on the south. Served by eight
railroads. Including three transcon
tinental trunk lines .and with water
Communication to the ocean south
and east tha community is In close
touch with the balance of the world
and admirably located for commerce
The center-of. the-. industry of man
ufacturing agricultural Implements
la- here, wtth-aearty 1 100,090. WO tn-j
rested la this alone Here la located'
the most Important military estab
lishment In the United States, with
property worth S20.000.000. Here
are found the mammoth car ahops
of the Rock Island road one of the
great transcontinental companies of
the country, taking its name from j
the city of tRock Island. In Rock!
Island Is the headquarters of the
largest fraternal Insurance society in J
the world, the Modern Woodman of
America, having 1,200.000 members
and nearly two billions Insurance In.
Blessed with every natural advan
tage. Improved by the hand of man
through years of systematlo labor,
the trl-citles offer the highest Induce
ments alike to those who are looking
for a place to live and Invest their
capital, those who wish to buy or sell
advantageously, and those who are
merely on sight-seeing bent.
Nothing points more unerringly to
the part that this community is des
tined to play in future than the pop
ulation statistics of the United States
census. Where many places have
stood still or even retrograded In the
last 10 years these three cities have
maintained a steady growth, amount
ing almost to a "boom." Where
property in other cities has made
little if any advance in value that
in the three cities has almost dou
bled In value in a decade.
In the next period everything
points to an even more mark
ed advance. The big Implement
making concerns are rapidly expand
ing and centering here their many
branches. The Rock Island Flow com
pany is expending $2,000,000 ta en
larging its plant and it -will tiot atop
there The other large factories are
Established in Rock Island 1857.
Owners and Distributors of
Of Pure Food Products1
Our Reputation-is Backed by Fifty-Four Years of Square Dealing.