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THE ROCK ISITND ARGUS, MONDAY, MAY 8, 1911.
net far behind In the Bums being
laid out for Improvements.
At Sears, on Rock rirer, a water
power plant is being built that will
furnish energy to run factories em
ploying additional thousands of men
rhile plan3 are being formulated for
the harnessing of the Rock Island
rapids in the Mississippi river, utiliz
ing a fall of 20 feet between Port
Byron and Rock Island, and giving
100,000 horse power. Given this
cheaper power manufacturers in the
three cities will receive an impetus
that "is expected to make the com
munity one of the most important in
dustrially in the country. Capital
by the millions will come here for in
vestment, population will grow by
the thousands and the fame of the
tri-cities will be spread anew
throughout the world.
CENTER OF THE THREE.
Rock Island is the center of the
three cities and the most advantag
eously located. The capital of Rock
Island county, its Tame is carried
abroad by th? railway system that its
citizens founded, by the products of
the great government arsenal which
is one of the bulwarks of the nation's
military strength, and in many other
Rock Island is the mo.-t important
crossing place on the Mississippi be
tween St. Louis aad St. Paul and the
amount of business passing back and
forth over the stream has exceeded
at these two places only. Rock
Island is also at the western termin
us of the Hennepin canal, which con
nects it by water with the great ,
lakes, offering a cheap outlet for
heavy produce and furnishing another
means of connection with the immense
industries of the cast.
The many natural and artificial
attractions of the city make it a fav
orite place for holding conventions j
and an objective point for numerous j
excursions from surrounding cities ;
within a few hours ride by rail. The
advantages above enumerated, to
gether with others of lesser impor
tance, coupled with energetic and
persistent enterprise on the part of
the people who form its population,
have made Rock Island what we find
THE PIDLIC I TIL1TIES.
Transportation facilities not ex-.
celled in any other city in the country :
are to be found in Rock Island, and J
are an important influence in the de-
velopment of the outlying districts, j
The service is prompt and efficient'
and covers every bection. Most of
the lines are of recent construction!
and the cars are new and modern. ,
some of them being built in the com
pany's own shops.
The Central Union Telephone com- :
pany has. just completed the placing
of its wires underground and there
has been a notable improvement in
the service. The Union Electric Tel
ephone company, fin independent
competing line, gives free connection
with the rural companies in the low
er end of the county.
Gas and electricity, at reasonable
price, are furnished in every part
of th nit v.
Rock Island is one of the leading
cities in the country as headquarters
for fraternal insurance societies. Be
sides the Modern Woodmen of Ameri
ca, which has its head office here,
there is the Royal Neighbors of
America, its auxiliary. The com
bined membership of the two socie
ties. isl,6O0. 000, in round numbers,
and-the insurance-in force -more than
$2,000,000,000. in the old line In
surance field is the Northern Life'
company, while there is one fire in
surance concern, the American Na
tional. CITY IMPROrEMEXTS.
Rock Island is now under the com
mission form of municipal govern
ment. a system that experience has
proven a success elsewhere central
izing responsibility and giving op
portunity for the remedying of many
evils that ..attended the old form cf
government by councilmen represent
The city has just completed a
$100,000 filter, which gives it a mun
icipal water plant costing $500,000,
Group of Rock Islanders Identified With Booster Excursion
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M. H. SEXTON.
President Business Men's Association.
W. A. ROSENFIELD
President Rock" Island Club.
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Mayor, member Industrial Commission.
H. E. CASTEEvL ,
Vice President Rock Island Club.
MARTIN T. RUDGREN
Member Industrial Commission.
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C. W. HORTON
Eusintss Men's Association.
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E. B. KREIS
Business Men's Aseociation.
Rating Secretary Business Jlen's Assn.
and one that has sufficient capacity
to furnish enough pure water to sup
ply the expected increased consump
tion for many years.
There has also been installed a
new fire alarm system that is the last
word in simplicity and efficiency,
helping to make the city's fire protec
tion the very best.
CHIIICHKS AND SCHOOLS.
There are twenty-nine churches, a
Y. M. C. A., and a score of
schools in Rock Island. Three
charitable institutions supported by
subscription help provida for the
needy and unfortunate. The city's
educational facilities are of the very
be.st. There are nine grammer
schools, a public hi.?h school and six
parochial schools The -Sisters of
the Visitation conduct a school for
young ladies, while Augustana col
lege is the main educational institu
tion maintained in this country by
the Swedish Lutherans. Augus
tana's facilities have just been in
creased by the magniflcient Denk
mann library, costing $200,000.
Rock Island's $100,000 public li
brary was built through the gener
osity of Frederick Weyerhauser, the
To those who are seeking pleas
ure or are sight-seeing Rock Island
has much to offer. It has five thea
tres and another in course of con
struction. It has 120 acres in parks
while Rock Island arsenal and Black
Hawk's Watch Tower are "show" .
places, and there is beautiful scenery
all about. The city maintains a fran-
chise in one of the best minor
baseball leagues in the country, and '
there is golf, a race track, and pretty !
drives for automobilists.
KOCK ISLIXD ARSENAL.
Secretary Rock Island Club.
G. A. TEGELER
Treasurer Rock Island Club.
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R"bck Island arsenal, the $20,000,- 1 .i.
000 government manufacturing plant
for Bma'.l arms and other war equip
ment, is located upoa the island from
which it takes its "name. This tract
of S00 acres, with its well kept
drives and lawns, beautiful trees nd
substantial buildings, is a source of
never ending interest for the visitor
It is connected with the Iowa shore
by a $2,000 000 government bridge,
one of the most massive on the river.
The shops on the island employ 1,500
men in time of peace and are operat
ed at an annual cost of $4,000,000.
Rock Island's progress has been
through all" the years of its history.
There has never been a time when it
did not show growth in population
bank, costing $100,000; one for the
Rock Island club, a church for the
Central Presbyterian congregation
two hotels, a theatre, and many
other buildings. The Tri-City Rail
way, company is ready to begin oper
ations on car shops and barn costing
$75,000, and the Rock Island road
will expend $250,000 on its yards
here this season
j In Charge of Booster
RALPH W. LA MONT
Secretary Jusines3 Men's Association.
and wealth. Never was its outlook
more promising than now. Its com
mercial and manufacturing institu
tions are in a flourishing condition
and outside capital is steadily com-!
ing here1 for investment. New build
ings are going up everywhere within
its limits, while Its suburbs show
substantial evidences of growth.
There are now in course of construc
tion a great factory building for the
Rock Island Plow company, a $125,
000 addition to the postoffice, a new
home for the Rock Island Savings
TWO VIEWS OF THE CITY OF ROCK ISLAND
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EUSINESS DISTRICT AS SEEN FROM COURT HOUSE.
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WAT13R FRONT PHOTOGRAPHED FROM THE RIVER.
Organizations Boosting Rock - Island
Rock Island has three organizations devoted to the upbuilding
of the city, the Rock Island Business Men's association, which is
taking the lead in the booster excursion, the Rock Island club and
and the Rock Island Industrial commission. A large majority of
the business and professional men are Identified with one or more
of these organizations. The officers are as follows:
BUSINESS MEN'S ASSOCIATION.
President M. II. EXTON
Vice President C. V. HORTON.
Recording Secretary K. V LAMOXT.
Treasurer E. 11. KItFIS.
Rating and Financial Secretary CHARLES GOFF.
Directors- O. If. KIXGSBURV, ED BA UERSFELD, J. T. MAR
KOX, W. S. McOOMBS, U, A. 8CIIOCKER.
THE ROCK ISLAND CLUB.
President W. A. ROSEXFIELD.
Vice President II. E. CASTE EL.
Secretary MAURICE CARLSOX. r
Treasurer Gl'STAV TEGELER.
Directors W. A ROSEXFIELD,
TEEL, DR. LOUIS OSTRO.M, E. H
F. M. RIGGS, F. W. RAIIXSEX. O
LAXD, M. II. SEXTOX.
H. E. CXTITIS H. E. CAS-
GUYER, Gl'STAV TEGELER.'
R. XOURSE, II. II. CLK".
Chairman M. II. SEXTOX.
Secretary MAURICE CARLSOX.
Hoard of Control V. A. ROSEXFIELD MATOR
SCHRIVER, COMMISSIONER MARTIX T. RUDGREX,
MYERS, J. F. LARDXER, J. F. EG AX, C. R. XOURSE.
CHARLES E. FEARONS
THIS SUMMER TO BE HOT.
Wther Expert Sys Heat Will B
Greatest Fop Five Years.
Dr. Maurer, director of the observ
atory of Zurich, Germany, declares
that the hottest weather for the past
five years will be experienced this sum
mer. He points out that from 1305 to 1910
there has been a most marked depres
sion In the temperature, bat this is not
unprecedented. Similar weather phe
nomena have occurred many times dub
ing the past century,' the most memora
ble period being from 1886 to 1S9Q.
These periods were Invariably fol
lowed by extremes In heat, and' Dr.
Maurer declares that the present year
will cot- prove an exception to the role.
Aleoheliam In New York.
Alcoholism ! becoming a serious
problem la New York city. Recent re
ports show that the cases treated In
Bell erne botpital are increasing at the
rate of about 250 each mutth.
Prompt relief la all cases of threat
and lues trouble If you ua Chamber-
Iain's Cough Remedy. Pleasant to
take, aoothlnj and h saline In effect.
Sold by all drug-ffUta,
lack Hawk !!
Is made and
Feel That Grit"
Rock Island, Illinois