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THE TJOCK ISLAND ARGUS.
FEBRUARY 8. 1013.
THE DISPENSING OF PUBLIC CHARITY IN ROCK ISLAND COUNTY
"Over the Hills to the Poorhouse" Not the Dreary Route that It Used to Be V
n a group ' fcHliiK f ir an outgoing
afternoon i rain at a w depot we;e
three women, two of them young anil
plainly though i:n.My cUd, and the
third bearing t; stamp of age and
poverty. .;r i.beeUt. w.-tj sunken,
skin ahrive!d. shoulders bent and fctr
stop flov.-, viil e. h .T voice wa hol
low and "srviloiis. Hit clothing,
though i la:. mri sufficient, was HI
firing and h':t . ur.ri,fi,u.- Apparently
Uii oi.( bston vl ijnn of more thau
usual n.iutit for these three. The
eluer lady aa ..bout to go upon a
Journey ui 'if younger ones, who
'Idi'fhhi'd h'.-: ix "grandma," were
evidently orruped in reassuring bar
s; tr. ?h outcome;, whil" her lnvar
ir i)r. reply, delivered loud enough for
a) present to he.r wu "Well, 1 hope
fi." There, were tears at the part
ing at the trsun a: .d "grandma" went
n ay, jifss hly n ver ag&.n on this
ei-th to we he- relatives. For she
was SO : - i r' ; find she was bound
for the poor farm to spend tir few
remaining d;. y there a-s a ward of the
Her case is typical of man others.
She had n.iiilf li t hiiuiM with a son
whose dis.-eilute habits prevented l.im
from giving h"r sufficient car.'. Sh
viik starved :: I : ! ; fc t J and negieeted
till ci r!a:ii -haft aide organizations
lcurni'd rliivi' lii'- ease and secured
In ' admisvor, to t h county poor farm,
relative iii'j.i- li.sii'.v thin the son
li;.rce.ng to ei.atr.bui e pa" c'i the cos'
(1 cnr't.r for In r. I.i'er th snri ri-
:ers of vet-Tars' organ'.xsticrnji, ar.l a
..till smaller sum going To wiuows
with families o support, in accord
a Ik with the sta;e law that only re
cently became effective. The county
court pussea upon cas?a coai'.ng tin
ier tUo Uf. hfcc.dii.g.
"Outside" poor deal with the poor
raster In cities such as Rock Island
i: mi Mclit. and "1th the super1 :s.;r
iu townships which b-tve but one i-.tch
cificiai Te; .r; tiven orders upo::
rr.prchar.'.s for gcoJs, the same bflricr
honored aud t.e dealer then present
In? his bill to the board fvr paym-nt.
Seventeen to eighteen hundred dol
lars Is annually paid out in Rock Is
land alone In this manner, while tt,t'
mint laid in Moline exceed? these f:a
ure by some li'i on an everat.?.
J H. Ud lers, m ho has he;d the office
hanos f the supervisor, has often been
ui-e'i t-i strenKne Lis pol'tica! posi
tion, and abuses have crept into the
i-v-tm To ch'Ck expenditures, the
hoar.l at. ol. ti'.r.e l y resolution d'ciu
ed thf.t no i'Ut-ide charity should be
(V.v r.seil v -here the cost was greater
than the cost of tnairita'.ni.g the inui
vMua'.s r-'ceiv:ng aid In the county iu
f1rn:ary. Th:s rule is still in force.
Tcrnr ;.:! at least. I'nd.v a comrnis
'i,:i frrm of government, a county's
'; is all dii-pensed throug'a poor-uii..-!i'-rs.
There is less ground now than fcr- ness. .
merly for a desire on the part cf the not
l.rr and had !nrn an inmate several rather do some work than remain in
times AVhn last admitted, his age ! idleness, la fact, those who are able
was given a.; :S. This would have are expected to help in such ways as
nade hir.t 1.0 y-ars of age at his they can. Various expedients are em
death, which took place Sept. Cj, last, pioygd t;j get service out of those bi.
However, his son. who came for the ate able but unwilling to work. This
rr-ir.Bir.s a few weeks ago, declares his relatively small number makes the
father was K4 vears of age. steward more trouble than all the rest.
D'eease or other nhvsical misfortune i -mavs joh
and drink bring to the farm most of jn jact the successful steward must
those who come while yet at an age of ; nP a nian 0f parts. In the first place,
crd'iary usefulness, though there are auiS8 he t,e something of a politician
not a few who have no better excuse he will hardly land tie Job. Having
th?u tiov. uright laziness and shiftless- secured it he" must please the thirty-
odd men who employed him or he will
El.F-si ppoRTlXi mow. not hp -vlA t -tick. It takes a eood
ol.Jeit of public charity to keep away Orlcinally. the county farm proba- business man to keep the per capita
fr.-"n the roor farm. One reason is : b!y was intended to furnish employ. cost down, a good farmer to keep the
:h:u the faru is better maintained nient ;is well as shelter for the needy crops and live stock looking well, a
than it nsf d to be. Then there are no and to be nearly, if not quite, self-sup- good disciplinarian to enforce the rules
longer any insane patients there, the ' porting. In few cases, however, has it and an accomplished diplomat to keep
: cut of trouble all around.
Ihe deposits of the customer? of tVis strong bank are safe
guarded by being loaned only on approved and readily market
able collateral or invested in carefully selected bonds. Its
stockholders are men influential ia the business world who have
proven their responsibility and ability.
Make Our Bank Your Bank
NEW INFIRMARY BUILDING SHOWING UNIQUE FIRE ESCAPES
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No iIimiL: a
t ie pi-op!.- !'
inure or es Ii:.;
of the rtiii m; -- it
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t::v coiMity p(-i:
!i Hire t- er i, (Ji
tie- farm In iii o:
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TI.e-e '-li" 'a il tay.
it li:i';v i re. n ae nt
KtM-k 1s;iiiid co'inty are
H. E. CASTEEL. President, M. S. HEAGY. Vice Pres. H. B. Simmon. CasH.
Southwest corner Second avenue and Eighteenth street.
ill tli'Mr klM'Vieig.
whi'-h piitiln '.liLrl'v
hue Ti'.er t.eeM
' it II: atvi Ii .i v :n
: . 'I'll -. i now t h-tt
ie.ir ( 'oal 'ail. v ii ml
i"-,,! ()f the tii'titutii.n
count b'lurd. i'.ii'l tlmt
n-i'- rre vhii'-Iv ii,'.r..
t o'irn.ns t r
irar., s:;.t-s '
L". f.iu.ii: H in
t'nis N illte: . th'
" . iiiiipata' '.
in Km 1. Hland for in
i-a. tl. -. ar,- not o. r
1 1: i it reed i v,nn aid
calls fur as?ifta::ce 1i
; few v. h.'Ti ;he weat b-
: Mr I.idd
. ; T' ' I.H. ieeTl a tM"
i 1 ii nd:t;i: . f"r
. Mie fa-' that lh''
illis di':tle.i. T ll 1
y at roti':!" 1 fur Vy 1
i it v nf chanta'i!"
n a :
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a 1 m i k' vi ii poor w In.
pirtiy iipiiiirt them
Ik iilno iutie tliruugll
that o'Ii'm- a'.! 1
a-" nli. tn iiil
He. VMS. Hllll t'aa'
Kin k Island cmitity expends anriu-
l Iv fir the I Hie nf til" poor Millie
th'.iiK less than ..'n.niiii. nr nearly oiie
tlfli of I's tut it n -.el, Half i-f tins
K.H'H in the (i iV-iiile" pliur. or t.l if.'
Aim nr.. ;,'it n.aiiilained tit the inMrin
lii"' Must if the o'her half in ex
p. niled :,t the irittrii.ary. a few lmii
ill. il iln'i.ii - lieiiii pud nut 'ii liidiK. a'
hi i d'ers on iirti.'rs frmn li'iartertnas
r , in,:.l
cf i. Mil . !
i.i : !le 1
mi r. ilefin
i r.-a'-'l a'-
Some 'o-.v nsiiips l.ae no p
effcrts l.a' e been tnaile a
times to free then: from this
' hp". K : si'iin' pl'.'tl b "v ',!(.-1 1 each d:s-
riff mail pnniili- for ,t.-; own and
for ti" .'!. r. The .-'T- - ii:i:!.--lorr
to siipiii)-. howevi,-. tiie 'rii1. t.i.
ii;is tievi-r b !i He to ;e; uiui ii i.f
:i In sniis li-for" tiie l oUTiiy bnurd.
in n ii I i' i in ; .-i i -..
'I'lie 1 1 ' 1 1 1 r i . i i" ciijir!:;.- t.i
i;ili!e' iiier. where ji is !eft in
OLD BUILDING WHICH SHELTERS THE INFIRM.
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aie now laiuap ar- o: an me 'in ni-
a!'H that form' fly wi- i-ount
!.arg s. Rock lelui.d county has had
tn) insane to look af; r for several
.'.cur:-'. Another rhii: hat has eievat-
d the 'tatiis of the average member
ri' tiie infirmary comn.u1iity is t.hi? pay-.::l-
of :.i ieas; a part of the rost of
ri ! ii.'enance of some of the inmates
!- their relatives. The law is very
.iti on tb's point and requires rela
tive t- who an- able to -!o a great, deal
ii.i.ie than ilify are doin:.-. but the fact
t'uat si me of the inmates are beuig
suppor'td from boT.p makes all the
u'ifc rtunates there feel tiiat they are
iiviim in an institution that partakes
o.' 'he nature of a home fcr the aji'd
a: .1 infirm, rather 'iian a pauper hous".
r; oh:n iiti.
Aii i hid is a tnosr common muse of
I'd .' jiej isin. and it follows that men.
; 'T..:u r than women, become county
f iiai'Ki-s. f the 1it inmates now at
the -.!!. t y farm ii'ar foal Valley, ti.it
J" a'.' .(.m -!i. Ot course, alcohol re
dtices iis many women as men to pan-
juri-ni, but it is the latter who do tjio j
ririnkir.E ard who get the blame, j
'W here the dri nk' n father is abanden-
(i iO the ar- of tie.' (. oal. ly by Irs, !
' i hil'iren. tin mother is usually looked af
ter a: home. Then th'. ve are more ways ;
Ii..r a woman to make herself r.tefi.l in j
'.rt. i iiii than there are fcr a man of
t.'te t-a'i years, und ;n:s has mtiL'h io '
i.'.o vviiii !:. Kv.'ii ai the nni.Tv t'ai in j
liie vvemen inmali'S ore t-m nlo.v el to j
n.ijili 1 1 t'er purpose thai, are the men, ;
of v. i, :a i.ot ov er 20 p r cent are phys- !
icaiiv ale to inalie any showing in j
h" lie!.; .r warden. Advan ed age '.si
il.e ih..f i-.iiise of infirmity, the aver-'
a-'e .i'l :;te there be.ne not less than 6'J. j
. TU" o'iesi n.n weil toward 9u. while;
an inmate dbd last, fall w ho had pass-j
d fiv e-score. This man. known as;
S i e 1 :i id. and also pass ng by the ;
name if I tola n a.'.d Iiodl. was a trap-!
! During the three years of Mr. Wylle's
! regime a number of important improve-1
intents have been made at the farm,
; among them the installing of a high
' pressure water system and an electric
! lighting plant. Nearly every one of
the old buildings has been reshingled
1 and otherwise repaired and repainted
inside and out. A power house, with
laundry included, vegetable cellar,
I corn cribs, and carriage house are
'among the new buildings. All the pip-
ing has been renewed and the heating
1 plant rebuilt, one new boiler being ln
There has been a great deal of con
crete work done, including walks.
I foundations for buildings, and an up-to-date
feeding floor for hogs. The
vegetable cellar is of solid concrete
.and Hx40 feet inside. In place of the
water tanks iu the attic of the old in
firmary building a tower 90 feet from
the ground to the platform has been
erected. Water is pumped from a 45'e
tieen t nscihte cin. e iwirmiai inn has foot well hv either steam or easoline.
r,.ai;v im.r,.,.,i ... ,.ii,;n ti, u. 'The tank hulils "0.000 callons. while ! averaged $17. re". Mr.
stitt'tion without outside help. the institution uses 8.000 gallons daily.
Rock Island countv. when it first There Is running water in all the i
marie provision for an almhouse. es- main buildings and six hydrants about
tablishftl a poor farm on the Ninth 'be grounds and 300 feet of two and
street roa.l in Snub Rock Island, nut one-half inch hose comprise the firn
far from Center station. In lsi;o the ' fighting equipment. The water pres
present tite near Coal Valley was s-e- sure is 4.i pounds, which is sufficient
cured and a building lOxiln feet erect- to deliver it at the top of any of the
ed for $.1.1" Frederick Weyerhaeuser, buildings. The farm is served by a
th- l;imlr mncnat bein:: th" con- 1 sewer system which has been in for
tractor. This was the structure that mm" years, but which needs a septic ments of the !at three vears have not
burned lie,-. '.. VMC. and in 'ts place 'tank to make it complete. been n.ado w-tho.it a considerable ex-
was then erec ted the main brick build- The lighting plant is a recent ac- i penditure of mouey, but most of the
ing as it now stands, at a cost of $20,- . tjuisition. One hundred and fifty Ki-iroueh work has been done hv inmates
candie power lights illuminating a!i:nnd several iohs comcleted hv ilnv la-
The fust steward to serve after th" : buildings set their "juice'- direct from ! be r at a less figure if is eliimed thvn
cattle at any time of the year for !
home consumption. When this can be !
done the meat supply can be produced j a i mild ixtrr. salt iihrum. I'mltuK.
on the place and the cost of this item J Miik-cmM. Wrrp.oa skin. Kic.
considerably reduced. j Ki .em v can be cured to stav.
An innovation that Mr. Wylie takes , and when I say cured. I mean just what
particular joy in showing to visitors ! ,nu.h',7Y, fVrll"whlle.o rett'rn'w'o
is the sorghum plant. Formerly- thei'hun before. ltemuinber, 1 m.ika thi
monthly bill for molasses at the " farm ! Vilu' STtfJZSnA
Wylie planted ' litm-HitiK t iti meantime nearly half a
Re acres of sugar cane and put in a Nw , ,tt llllt care wllat all v,,u av
mill and cooker. One of the inmates , used, nor how many doctors have t.w.l
you mar vim couiu nev oe curea an i
lis an expert sorghum mal-tr and last
year's crop vas turned into 300 gal
lcns f inch ;iai" : r.ip. vorth in the
market lonsiderably more than was
paid for the kind the infirmary for
: merly used.
(IT DOWN TIIK. (tST.
' Of course the repairs and improve-
removal to Coal Vallev was W. S. Hai
1. ;. . H" reieiv ed $4'm a year and had
1 imnat 's under his care. From issi
till lsM A. Ki.ttman had charge of
the larm. being succeeded by .James
Robertson in the latter year. Mr. Rob-
a dynamo operated hy either a '- contractors had off-red
horse power gasoline engine or by the ;them for. Everything a
steam eng'ne that, runs the pump and
other machinery. A storage battery
will soon he installed and then the
i ost of lighting w ill be somewhat re-
ask Is Inst a chance to nhnw you that I
k n "W what I Rm ta'klng; attout. If you
will wrii" me T H i. Y. I will send you .i
l-m:i: J'ltlAI. .rl' my mild, soothins,.
g ii.t r.i nteed tri'atmetit that will fonvln- n
vou ni.ire in a day than 1 or anyon. el.'
riiul.l In ii in'imtii s time. If you are dis
gusted and diseouraged. Just give ma a
.hiim-e to prove my claims. By writing
in.- totlav you will enjoy rnoro real eoni
l.ri than you had ever thought lins
w orid holds for you Just try ii iind
you will ' I urn tellinj? you the truth.
Dr. J. 1'.. lunundaj, Court Itlork.
References: Third National bank. Se
dnh i. M".
Could you do a lietter act than to send
this notice to nun.! poor suf-I'.M-.T
of K. zema? iAilv.1
ertson served two years and was snc-duced. for it yviil be possible to i barge
c eded by W. II. 11 Dow, who held the 'the battery whenever an engine is
GK0UP OF SMALLER BUILDINGS AT POOR FARM.
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out the idace
is now in iretty good shape. The ;
visitor finds the quarters clean and,
the inmates appaiently well fed and
contented. Assured!;.', conditions are
far from those that the Illinois chari
ties commission reports in some of
the infirmaries of the state. Inmates
jare required to Keep not only their
j quarters, but themselves clean. AH
; must hat,he and change clothing at
least once a week. Most of the iu-
males are vastly better off bi tbis re
;spict than ever before in tb 'ir lives.
Mr. Wylie is of the opinion thai the
I county faim can be made practically
; self-supporting, n.ili r prep' r ;n;iMi;;e
tment. He believes uere at t. lit-uii
should be given : dairying ami truck
farming, utilizing the labor of the
; able bodied inma'r'S. While there may
b,. gome doubt as to the possibility i f
i giving milk cows v. itn this Kind of
'help the very y rticlar care tJu- re
quire to secure good results, the truck
farm idea is surely worth developing.
It might even be possible for the coun
ty pom- farm to produce vegetables
and meat for tin county jail, thereby
maiei daily n ducing the cost of feed
ing the prisoners, and it isn't likely
that there yviil ever l e a better oppor
tunity t,o make the attempt than right
I. oi. lion "This (iaiisburoii'-h por
trait v.n nvd as a target hy youthful
archers" v.as the statement mada by
an an ii tiiy in hi counting for some
marks " re-to: at ion on a picture the
j .-:.,! 'ioi: i which is now tiie sub
jei ' t; a law s'lit. The portrait was
n il .iMy s hi lor ?l2,ohu. The lawyer
s-.i'd that it h i i lu ng on the wails of
a i'c:i.iy, an 1 that the two scins of
iiio rector, armed with hows and ar
rows, had used it as a liirget.
.ti. .- r , .,,'- ...rr irtm.'inrrinialisMiaJ
We will furnish
the first ten people
free gas fixtures to
placing their order
with us, to pipe three or more rooms for
We want the work to keep our gas fit
ters busy for the next week or two, we there
fore make this free offer at this time.
piped for $ 9.00
piped for 10.50
piped for 12.00
piped for 13.50
position till 1 S fi 7 . ,T C. Pwank was injrunning to operate any of the machin
chare" from 1X17 tiil lfi'lt, when F. cry.
B V.'yi'e, the present incumbent, was i I'lHK li Al'E IMQI E,
appointed. j One of the improvements made dur-
MiPKovEMEvr maw. in? 1912 is a fire escape of unique de-
Improvements have been made from : si8- So far s known there is
time to time till the institution now nothing like it in use anywhere else,
repres. nts an investment of not less u is merely a steel tube two feet wide
then $150,000, and probably nearer ; and three feet, eight inches high, set
$20ft.ooo. The most important structures af- an angle of something more than 45
are the main dormitory, which is of ' grees. There is one at each end of I BetB
hrii k. three stories and basement; the tlie maln building, which has four
old frame dormitory, which formerly floors, counting the basement. The
housed the innune nnd iR now used for ! escapes are entered from either the
No Danger of Stomach Distress or
Indigestion if You Take Digestif
tJie infirm; steward's residence, power
plant, laundry and bakery and a com
pbte set of farm buildings. Quarters
can be provided for 1'jO inmates, which
number there was just prior to the
removal of the insane to state hospi
tals. Of the 105 inmates there at
present 18 are from Henry county,
where there was a Are at the poor farm
some time since that rendered it "ne
cessary to find places for about 60
men and women in the almshouses of
nearby counties. Rock Island county-
third or fourth floor. The tubes are
smooth inside and set on a steel frame
which cannot be destroyed by fire.
They deliver the person using them
safely at the ground, a horizontal sec
tion six feet long at the bottom check
ing progress. There is no danger of
jamming in the tube and no chance for
injury. It, is a type of fire escape par
ticularly adapted to buildings housing
the aged and infirm. It was built by
the Rock Island Bridge & Iron com
pany, which designed it, with the aid
of the infirmary committee of the
Eat what you want and "Digestlt." , other upsets Digstlt relieves quick
Two or three tablets after eating pre-! ly; almost immediately after taking a
vents that full uncomfortable feeling dose your stomach feels good as new.
it digests all the food and makes Digest it hua brought relief to thous
your stomach feel fine. Brown's Ui- amis why not you? Try it on our
gestit is an aid to digestion, quick guarantee. We are so confident it
certain relief for indigestion, and a will help you we will give back your
permanent remedy for stomach up- money if it falls. Get a package to-
It is perfectly harmless, fine for day and try it after eating. JuBt see
children as well as grown-upa. .o
use to suffer the tortures of indigos
l,on, sour stomach, gas, belching or
how- It helps your tired overworked
stomach digest the food no distress.
PEOPLES POWER CO.
is Laid $10 Der month each for board
ing those who were sent bere and they county board, Charles Oswald of this .
are kept at a profit, the cost cf subsis- clti'. Captain S. Dahlberg of Moline'
tence here being less than $5 re r ! an(l Paul Wad sworth of Rural. '
month per head. j it h tri ck raised.
The entire cost per capita, includ-l Under Mr. Wylle's management more :
ing salary of steward. 11.500 per an-' attention is being paid to truck farm
num. clothing, heating, etc., in 1912, -Ing than formerly. Nearly 20 of the!
was $1.55 a week, being C cents less 115 tillable acres on the place are now 1
than the corresponding figure for the -used for this purpose. The inventory
year before. Expenses for clothing . taken Jan. 1 and figured at farm prices,
are comparatively light end of the'snowed $21 worth of root crops. $10s
provisions purchases are confined to a worth of sorghum. $50 worth of beans,
few articles that cannot be grown or '$42 worth of saner kraut, and $100 '
. otherwise produced. All the regeta-1 worth of canned fruit on hand. This
bien are usually raised on the farm, in-lis not nearly ail that was produced last ,
rnaie doing the wors;, of course w ith-'year, because a large part of the crop '
out pay other than thair board. Out-! had been consumed. Hay and grain,
side of the steward and bis assistant jon band s figured in at $1,436. There '
th engineer and cook ar the only ; are a doien cow t. ten horses and an
. regular paid employes, inmates tend even grots of chickens. Forty-six hogs,
the farm and tiarden, care for tiie live! were sent to maiket last fall, it had
sioik and poultry, scrub and clean, j been hoped that these could be kept !
. a!t on the decrepit, fire the boilers. to butcher for fresh meat, but cholera'
j waah the dishes and perform nearly all :got into the neighborhood and It was j
cf the ether duties of like nature about S thought best to sell diem. The next I
ti.ii place There are from 15 t 2'" improvement pi-nned is a new ie ';
men r gularly available for tills kind bouse and e ccoilng plant that will j
of service, a. oil of ileai would 'make it possible, to butcher bogs or'
Nature In her r.iost friendly mood has written it
large where the r.'.iH of golden sunshine is contra
dicting the calendar, warming the opal sea and suf
fusing countless gardens with the glories of summer.
"Welcome" is the spirit of the. three days' magic in
the pioneer de luic
Golden State Limited
via Rock Island Lines.
Every 'worth whilo eic-oaa fare f"i!ure, but no excess
fare. Every day it glides out. or Wint.-rland on its
swift, smooth, low-altitude jui:rny toward the- soft
enticements of iimmerland over thj sunshity routa
southwest via Kai.ias City and El Paso.
.-t me 'juoe you ,"ar and help plan
F. H. PLUMMER, Ticket Agent.
Twentieth street. Rock Island.'
RAY, Asit. Gen. Pass.
Dec Moines, lewa.