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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER S3, 1905.
. - 1 T. WK. Rock Island FLeminiscences TelegrapKy. WRITTEN FOR THE Aluii'S ) .ton were among th early managers Telegraphy in the beginning dates ot the telegraph company in this city. Lack to 1M4. and less than 10 years A rr.ajoriry of the above named held thereafter there was a wire in opera- ,he office 'or a long time. t!on In this cirv. the line running from The firit 'r' in operation was con Chicago to Muscat hie owned and oprr- i'rei to be cne of the heaviest ated by the Illinois & Mississippi Tele- ( worked running out of Chicago, the rr.nh .ir.n9n iLn,,un th. fat.in railroad, commercial and government iini. This ronman-. virtually ha.1 ' monopolv of the buness in lb.- w.-st j up to the summer of when they consolidated with the Western I'niou MARVIN IMGHITT. Now irti,l.n t f tli- I'hi'.iX" SiMlhwi)iirii railway, an a r I y t gruh ! rator in l;i-k Il.ml. company. Tu re have ln n s-v r.i! companies in .xitt nee within the last T.5 years, one of which was the Ureal Western, which .-;,! nut in 1m;v This company was followed by the Atlantic A: Pacific. Mississippi Yalty. The Pa cific Atlantic, ami lastly the I'ostal Telegraph & Cable company. Two of the companies named notably the Pacific & Atlantic. develoei into a -?nrig competitor of the old company, and during its exisnnce consolidated with the Mississippi Valley and Atlantic & Pacific, the wirs of the company cov ering all parts of the country. All opposition companies wile buug'nt up and consolidati d with th" Wesu n I'nlon company during the year 171. 1 can remember when the main Chi cago telegraph office was locate! on the si cond floor cnr:i-r of I.aKe an 1 Clark streets. The Western Cnion ani Caton lines used the sam' opera ling room, separated by a glas p:trti tlon. Trie combined otnee iorci on day duty did rot exceed "". The In struments were crude in comparison to this day. lie switch boa id was of the old strap and lever style and other instruments were of heavy con struction. The manufacturer seemed to luive lasting qualities in mind. The only repeater then in use was known as the "button repeater." me Kiirl 0i-ra t r. The pioneers of telegraphy in Rock Island were William Haiiey. Holmes Makes, William Hoylo. Isaac Negus. S. S. Gnyer and John Spencer. They, to gether with few of the older citizens, were the promoters, and through them the first line was brought to this city. They were libera! subscribers to the stock and worked up 'he interest in this vicinity, which secured telegraph communication in the early days. The writer in 1S;."( bought their stock in the Illinois & .Mississippi Telegraph com pany for Chicago parties, paying them a good advance on the original cost to them. The headquarters of the last named company was located at Oita wa. 111. I do not remember the exact date of the opening of the firs? office in this city. It was in the early fin's. K. I). L. Sweet was the first opt rator. with office on the second Moor of what is now T. H. Thomas' drug store. Mr. Sweet was afterwards superintendent! of the company, with an office at Chi cago. Marvin Muuhiit. Fred I5en son. 11. II Chandb-r. .1. .1. Hat. s. Wil liam T. I.indly. William Woodring. Charles A. Server, (ooige II. Prices. K. Humphrey. Charles W. Cropper. Ka'ph Slaymaker and Thoma.- I.. t Mili hi:;',". j I II 1, - y JO.- 5 vyw -71 Let Common Sense decide Do you honest! beliete, that coffee Bold loose (in bulk), exposed Millions of American Homes welcome LION COFFEE daily. There is no stronger proof of merit than continued and increas ing popularity. 'Quality surriTes all opposition."- (Sold only ia 1 lb. pack>a. Iion-hul on wry p&cksgs.) 05t your Lion-headJ for Yftlubl p remioma ) SOLD BY GROCERS EVERYWHERE WOOLSON EPICS CO.. Toledo, Ohio. business af going over one wire. The povernmr rfctWiness during the war was extremely heavy. The 15.0-J0 prisoners on inn isiana. witn ine two to three regiments on guard duty, aud the fact that Davenport was the mill tary headquarters for the state at Iowa and where Adjt. Gen. Baker haj his office, made the military business alone a large source of revenue to the telegraph company. Military men did not pay much attention to brevity in writing telegrams, am it was rare to handle one with b ss than .V words. I ll- Old Time HOIrr. The old time rt!grap!i office had no covered wire or other conveniences 1 1-e bare w.re ran down the window with a t'lmhifTscrew jn which the oper ator lux rted the wires w'un he want d to cut out for the nipht. The relay was re:uo d Irom the operating table as a precaution. I-lgh'nfn ".as a dis turbing It meat, and .i;:rii;g a storm i vi as ncis.-ary to ct!t -o:r ;!e office ligbtinu; arresters being unknown. Th telegrapher had repair duties to per form, climbers, pu'iies and tackle, ply ers and nippers being a part of the outfit dT his office. When trouble ex isted on the line he had to go out end do repair work. The Hock Island manager had a short distance to look afttr, the city to the east ind of the bridge being his territory. The tele graph rates Im fore and during the war were high, a message to Chicago cost ing s.". cents for ten words, St. Imis $I.i'.j. New York $2.:i. The only cheap service was the press. The Argus tolls being $1 per day for telegraph report consisting of l.Juu words. The grain aud stock business figured well in the company's revenue. A. Shaw ic Bros. Kellerstrass &: Vogel. the Warner flour mill, located at the present site of the Rock Island Stair works, the Leas flour mill tafterward owned by Har wich Hros. i. located on First avenue between Ninth and Tenth streets, the Johnston mill, and one other at Milan al being liberal patrons. A. Uijaw Hros. and Kcllerstrass & Vogel averag ing over JtHi per month each. There, was no tfncc at Moline. Milan or on the island. The messenger boys ha a snap. With a salary of $20 pe month, they collected D') cents for is land delivery, and "o to .5 cents for .Moline and Milan. Tlie company was slow in ope-nin an office at Moline. the first being opened in the postoffice on Well street (now Second avenue I. near tho corner of Sixteenth street, during the fall or 1MJ5 or 1SG0. Judge John M. (lould and several business men had to guarantee the operators' salary un til the office was st If sustaining. Judge (louid paid the difference out of his own pocket. The office paid well after a few months. Train dispatchers were not on the pay roll of the Rock Island route at this time-. When trains were delayed, the superintendent of the road would help them with train orders and when he would get them on time they would be instructed to go by the time card. ; In War TlmrM. The time of the war was e-xciting and profitable to the manager of an office in a city like this. The bulle tin service was good, all battles of imiKirtance were chronicled in this way. The company would assess the office so much for bulletins if wanted, and all collected over this amount went to the manager for his extra work. The company's charges were very reasonable, and- as a result the office would make more out of it than the company. The writer has wit nessed many exciting scenes in ami about his office during war times, nota bly at the times of the battle of Shi loh. Antietam. Fiedrick-sburg, Vicks bnrg in short, during the time of every important engagement. The in- 10 a us t, germa ana insects, passing1 through many handa (some of them not orer-clean), "blended," you don't know how or by whom, is fit for your use f Of course you don't. But LION COFFEE la another story. The green berries, selected by keen lodges at the plantation, are sfcHlfally roasted at oar fac tories, where precautions you would not dream of are taken to secure perfect cleanliness, fla vor, strength and vnllormtty. From the time the coffee leave the factory no hand touchee it till it is opened in your kitchen. LION COFFEE U U1K1 Of 111 tkOLXOL CMTXZX the regiments raised In whole or in part in this county were engaged in battle, the family and intimate friends of the soldiers besieged the office for news of the killed and wounded. The most Joyous time I ever remem bered and in w hich all classes of citi zens took part was the surrender of Gen. Lee and his army. The manager of the office had a wire in his room, third floor of the Bailey & Boyle block tnow Mitchell & Lynde). Sunday eve ning shortly before if o'clock word went over jbe wire that I.ee had sur rendered. ,JThis wjis quickly followed by "a war department bulletin, ine eperator went on the street and the first people he met were Alex Steele Judge Ira O. Wilkinson, Charles M ilardy. Holmes Hakes and Maj. J. M Beardsley. The group broke up, going to the different churches, and when the Central church bell rang out it was the signal for ail to ring. It was not long before Second avenue was crowdeti with people. A celebration was plan ned em a large scale, and continued for three nights and two days. Every one seerueHl to be more or less under the influence ef liquor, men who were never known to take intoxicants join ing the crowd. On this Sunday night the writer marched with a eompany of more than rme hundred to the home of Holmes Hakes (the present residence of Mayer Rosenfield) where a barrel of Kentucky whisky was roiled oat This Mr. Hakes said he had on hand for a long time, and was not to be tapped until the war was over. Many amusing incidents could be toid of this and other txciting times from 1S61-C5 Thr A uiwlutlm of l.larwln. The saddest event I can call to mind was the assassination of President Lincoln. The news eif the shooting was received about H o'clock Friday evening. When the writer went to the telegraph office Saturday morning the crowd was so dense he could scarcely reach the office. It was not long be fore a bulletin was received announc ing the death of the president. Men wept, turned away with tears running down their cheeks as if they had lost one of their immediate family. Busi ness was suspended and all business houses and public buildings were heav ily draped in black. Church and pri vate residences also displayed black This intensity of feeling lasted some time. The day of the funeral services were held at all the churches and the day generally given over to mourning for be late president. The second wire to reach the city was. the -one over the Western Union railway tnow Milwaukee railway) in the year 1KC7. Previous to this time the business had grown so large that the regular press reports were at times cut down and frequently de layed so as to be of little use to the evening newspapers. After le new wires were strung on the Rock Island, Milwaukee and other roads, so that btisiness was handled with ease and quickly. A FORMER TELEGRAPH ER. GENTRY . SHOWS IN ROCK ISLAND TODAY Three Combined Because of Fever Scare in South and This C.ty Gets Benefit. It is the Gentry eireus today. Not the Gentry dog and pony show any more. The dogs are there, the ponies are there and so are the monkeys all the great features whieh have made Gentry Hros. famous, are still present ed but, and that is a big word no more ean it he said are you Koing to the dog and pony thow? That is a fhins of the past. The Gentrys have consolidated and the consolidation took place a few days back. Three shows in one mighty good value for the money, but that is the answer. Fever in the south compelled the cancella tion of the southern tour showmen are not immune from this disease and the two shows routed in Dixie started home last week. Figuring on the mat ter the Gentry Bros, decided to make a daring experiment. They determined to unite their shows aud present three in one at regular prices of admission. Dig business must follow, but Rock Is land has always been a good tlntry town. The parade this nioniiiis was most creditable, and despite the fact that is the latter portion of the tented season every wagon lookel fresh and bright and the stock including dogs, ponies, monkeys, elephants, camels, etc., were in the pink of condition, as they say in pugilistic parlance. The matinee is in progress this afrrrnoon and from the attendance present :he Gentry's seem justified in offering a united exhibition, or a triple offering, either one of which wnufcl be worth the money. Owing to the length of the performance the evening exhibition commences promptly at S o'clock. The circus grounds are located at Twenty fifth t-treet and Ffth avenue. Numerous and Worthless. Everything is in the name when it comes to Witch Hazel Salve. E. C. DeWitt & Company, of Chicago, dis covered some years ago how to make a salve from witch hazel that is a spe cific for piles-. For blind, bleeding. Itching and protruding piles, eczema, cuts burns and bruises and all skin di seases, DeWitt's salve has no equal. This has given rise to numerous worth less counterfeits. Ask for DeWitt's the genuine. Sold by all druggists. One of nature's remedies; cannot barm the weakest constitution; never falls to cure summer complaints of young or old. Dr. Fowler's Extract of Wild Strawberry. 0 0 0 OUR CARPET AND DRAPERY DEPARTMENT is also atracting a great many buyers this season, and if you'll only take a lock through this department yoursslf, you will not wonder at the interest others are taking. Our line of HUGS AND CARPETS is simply beyond comparison in this state. Of our line of MATTINGS, LINOLEUMS AND CURTAINS we can almost say the same. The large business we are doing in this department is the very best evidence that our goods and prices are right. We earnestly solicit your inspection. Complete House FxirnisKers Seen Again. Moline's reign of tcrrer, "Overcoat Jack." still continues in the city and his last appearance was on the corner of Nineteenth street and Sixth avenue, Thursday night, and his latest victims are Miss Julia Gettemy and Miss Edith Rroomhall, both teach ers in the Moline high school. They were returning to their rooms at 0:45 lrom Miss Reid's boarding house, cor ner of Eighteenth street and Sixth av enue, and were walking on the north side of the avenue. Just as they wtre about to step off the sidewalk onto the pavement of Nineteenth street they saw a man clad in long overcoat approaching from the opposite side. When directly in front of the ladies he opened his coat and walked past them. Has Eye Removed. Earl J. Altz of S;J1 Fifteenth strtt underwent a deli cate operation performed in Iowa City by an eye specialist, who found it ne cessary to remove the right eye in or der to save the sight of the left on1. Years ago win n a youngster he injured the eye by jamming the points of a pair of scissors into it. Bowlers Organize. The Moline city bowling hague was organize d at Stouf f ( r'8 alleys Thursday evening, when officers were elected and preparations made for the schtdule which will cover a period of 18 weeks, beginning next Monday evening. The following offi cers were eh-cied: President, A. C. Stouffer; secretary. Dr. Fred Graflund; treasurer. Hen Webber. The following are the teams with their captains: Hlue Mazers, Dr. Graflund; Remnan's. Clar ence Wanner; Centurys. J. E. West: Colts. C. J. Wright; Pile Drivers, H. N. Williams; Kids. A. C. Stouffer; Indi ans. G. E. Huntton; Tigers. Charles Mailer; Owls. Frank Donation; Mikesi Pen Webber. Paving Resumed. Yesterday morn ing the paving inspecting party com posed of Mayor Andrew Olson. Aids. E. H. Sleight. C. I-. Pope and Clark Anderson, arrived home from their trip I to Chicago and Sr. Io iis. Immediately after their arrival here the McCarthy company began work on the Seven- te'enth street job and wj;j undeubtedly complete the work according to con tract. Mrs. Youngberg Dies. Mrs. Charles Youngberg. wife of the piowfitter at Deere & Co"s. died at the family home at 1811 Eighteenth street, Thursday af ternoon after a long illness with can- MOLIHE MEtlTIOIl. DRAKE 324-326-328 Brady ft 43 cer trouble. She has been ill for seven months. She was born in Sweden June 2(1. 1857, and came to Moline in 18S2. She leaves her husband and seven children, who are Carl, Oscar, Henry, Herbert, Ellen and Ruth at home, and she also leaves four broth ers and two sisters. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock from the home Sunday afternoon. Made Life Deacons. Permanent deaconships were voted by the First Congregational church Thursday even ing to Deacon Anson M. Hubbard and Deacon .1. M. Hall. They have 'voice and vn'" in the board of deacons, but will be relieved frem the active duties of the effice. Former Moliners Wed. At home cards have been received here by a number ef people from Dr. and Mrs. M rt Hisant. who were married Sept. 2I. Mrs. Itisant was formerly Miss Anna Edna Hogg and' was one of the hi'ily respected young ladies of Glen Jean, W. Ya. They will reside in Ada I. T. Ciausctn-Fink. Henry Claussi n and Miss Anna Fink were married Thurs day night at the Grace Lutheran par tonage. It was a surprise to friends The groom works for Fred Peters, the butcher. They are now living at the ho:i;e of the bride. Sixth street and Fif;h avenue. Mordhorst-Rettig. Miss Tillfe Rettig and Fred A. Mordhorst both formerly of Esthervilie, 1ml.. but residing in ihis city at the present time, were unit ed in matriage at the First Methodist partemage at S::;u Thursday evening by Rev. M. V. Crumbaker. They were unattended and after the ceremony they went to the home of the bride's tieter. The grorm Is employed at Deere & Mansur company's and they expect to live In this city. High School Playing. The high school football eleven is playing the first game ef the season this afternoon with the alumni team. Strikes Hidden Rocks. When your ship of health strikes the hidden recks of Consumption, Pneumo nia, etc., you are lost, if you don't get help frem Dr. King New Discovery for : - : . . ... i i v YsKinnj-.n r- Taladega Springs, Alabama, writes "I had been very ill with pneumonia, under the care of two doctors, but was getting no better when I began to take Dr. King's New Discovery. The first gave relief, and one bottle cired me." Sure cure for sore throat, bron chitis, coughs and colds. Guaranteed at Hartz & T'Hemeyer's drug store. prtacSfcaand 11.00. Trial bottle free. AT Yota (Get Stdfled Best oa My and Everything For tKe Our Furniture has an it that at once appeals for something good, last and look well while it lasts. This is the sort of Furniture we High Quality Street, Davenport. Doctors and Lawyers Playing. The annual ball game between the doctors and lawyers is being played this af ternoon at the Three-Eye league park. Stealing Much Coal. The officials of the Davenport, Rock Island & North western railway company are com plaining of petty thieveries which are constantly going on In their yards on the river front. They insist that the people in the neighborhood secure all the coal they use the year round in the yards. The officials of the road say that they have received notice from consignees whose coal had been lying in the yards for some time that there has been shortages as great as 15 tons in single cars. Adopts Own Children. Frank Juksch has filed a deed ef adoption with the county recorder whereby he adopts as his own children, his two step-elaughters, Ruby and Mildred Juksch. formerly Ruby and Mildred Carland, being daughters of his present wife by a foraier marriage. These with the consent and approval of his wife. are adopted as his own children and ii return Mr. Juksch agrees to bestow upon them all the rights, privileges and resonsibilites which wou.d per tain to his own children and to educate them in the best possible manner. Pre vious to this deed of adoption the children were merely stepchildren and therefore had a different stattis under the law. Locked Burglar in Hall. A success ful burglary was worked at Lahr maim'a hail n Second and Ripley streets ycsHrday morning. The man who did the work did it. well and ran eiff with a considerable sum of money. As yet no clew to the perpetrator of the deed lias been found. It is sup posed that the man secreted himself in one ef the? rooms upstairs before Fred Run!, the present proprietor, locked up Friday night. In the morning Mr. Ruhl was awakened by the noise made by the man in escaping aad went down stairs only in time to find that the burglar bad been successful. Fire at Stone Quarry. Fire at. the 1. in wood quarry, just back of the hotel there, burned the engine house owned by the People's Construction company of Davenport yesterday. The building destroyed was 40 feet square and a loss of $500 resulted, and is covered by in surance. For a time the fire threat ened to carry off the other buildings of the vicinity, but they were saved. Elects Officers. The Workmen's In- DUVEIIPORT DOTS, Moiraie i individuality ubout g to one who is looking something that will ore selling. at a Low Price Firnitvire and C ewxpet Co dust rial Home association met Thurs day evening in the Industrial llotuu Building at Third and Scott streets. There was a very large attendance and the election ef officers to fill vacancies took place. It resulted as follows: President. Charles Odren; vice presi dent. A. Lamar; chairman of the build ing committee. W. M. Harney. Gives Clear Title. The overruling by the Iowa supre-nje court of the appli cation for a rehearing in the Parker will case, wiil prove of more Interest to Davenporters than Is generally known at the present time. Tho end ing of the case by the refining of a re hearing, gives the new Davenport Com mercial club a clear title to its building site at the northwest corner of Fourth and Main streets, which was sedd to them by the Parker estate ujon condi tion that the supreme court refused to reepen the contest begun by the two illegitimate children of the son of the late James Monroe Parker. Child Dies. Yesterday morning at the home of Its parents. GOS East Eleventh street, occurred the death of Fna Marie Robins at the age of onj year. Death was due to pneumonia. MAXIM'S MAXIM. Modest Claims Often.Carry More Con viction Than Loud Boasts. When Maxim, the famous iuventer. placed his gun before a committee of judges, he stated Its carrying power to be considerably below what he felt sure the gun would accomplish. The result of the trial was therefore a tri umph of surprise instead of dlsappoipt ment as it might have been if he had overestimated his gun's efficiency. Our claim regarding Newbro's Her picide is baed on actual scientific facts. If a living germ is causing your hair to fall ut its the mont sensible thitifj to kill that germ. Newbro's Herplcide dens this quick ly and effectually. Destroy the cause you remove the effect. Sold by leading druggists. Send 10c in stamps for sample to The Herplcide company, Detroit, Mich. Always Successful, When indigestion becomes chronic . it Is dangerous, Koded dyspepsia Cure will cure Indigestion and troubles re sulting therefrom, thus preventing ca tarrah of the stomach. Dr. New b rough cf League, W. Virginia, says: "To those Buffering from indigestion or sour stomach, I would say there is do better remedy than Kodol Dyspep sia Cure. I bare prescribed to a num ber of my patients with good success." Kodol Dyspepsia Cure digests what you eat and makes the stomach sweet Sold by all druggists. v. XI - I