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THE ROCK ISUAND ARGUS. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1912.
East IMfoline a Hustling and Mode
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EAST MOLIXE THEATRE.
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East Molinc in a Nutshell
located three large trnak !!
nd the MlaalMtppI river.
Orguliee as Tlllaa-e la 1903.
Iaeoraorated aa city im 1907.
Population la lfllO, 2.C6.1.
Popalatloa la 111. 5,060.
Sevea lanre fartorlea employlaa; 2,000.
Other small factories ladastrlea.
Fnr aatlea paved atreets.
Five miles pa-rtaa; ander etmstraetlom. i
Ftfteea miles of concrete sidewalks.
Slxteea miles saaltarr sewer.
SIxtees miles water malas.
Twa artestaa wells with a flow of 400
gallons a mlnate.
Tea miles of ajas mates.
Flfteea-mlaate atreet ear serrlee, eoa-
aertina; with the tri-eltles.
1,0(M,0I0 worth of factory balldlsgs
erected la past year.
f 300,000 worth of haslaess blocks bnllt
(200,000 worth of resldeaeea bnllt la
Three public school bnlldlass.
Nlae frateraal orders.
Two mtroug baaks paying 4 per eeat
latereat oa aavlnKi.
A live Commercial clnb of 75 mem-hers.
East Mollne In 1903 was. a mere
villaee. with Walter Ammerman
president ot the village board, with
about 400 people, and was incor
porated as a city April 6, 1907, at a
special election, having then about
1,600 population. Since then it has
grown to about 5,000.
The city, considering its size.
shows that the town is unusually
busy all the time. The large fac
tories erected in the past year have
aided materially in raising the total
population, and there are still more in
The city has three trunk lines of
railroads the C. R. I. & P. railway.
C, M. & St. P. railway and C. B. &
Q., as well as the Mississippi river.
The town is laid out on modern
lines, with wide streets, concrete
walks, municipal waterworks, sewers,
storm drains, paving, gas mains and
e!ectrlc light and power, and public
VP TO DATE IS PAVING.
East Mollne is doing extensive
grading and laying out of streets at
all times, preparatory to the in
ci eased demand for paving, of which
there are now over four miles; the
paving outlined for the year 1912
i ! 1 cover about five miles additional
to that' already completed.
The city engineer, Mr. Paddock,
it is estimated, will add about eight
jto ten miles of concrete walks in the
year of 1912 and additional sewers
on side and cross streets are under
advisement for 1912 construction.
The Moline, East Moiine & Water-
town railway connects with the Tri
Clty Railway company's lines to the
tri-citie8 and Is going to lay new
track so that the entire town will
be within a few blocks of car lines.
The present municipal officers are:
THE CITY OFFICIALS.
Mayor Dr. G. F. Johnson.
Clerk Edward Huntington.
Treasurer John L. Greer.
City Attorney A. B. Johnson.
City Engineer H. G. Paddock.
Magistrate S. H. Cartwright.
The Councilman First ward,
Charles Redden, Oscar Lundeen;
Second ward, James McDowell, Grant
Fair; Third ward, Charles Leenk
necht, Rene Vcn Spybroeck.
Dr. G. F. Johnson has been mayor
since the town was incorporated and
1b serving his third term. The doc
tor is known to be a qualified official
as well as in his profession, and bis
activity has done much toward the
present city administration and local
The city has lately organized a
board of public works, making a
regulation as to construction of fur
ther buildings, and now the town re
quires brick or stone in the business
The city also has a park board
end school board.
Bunn Parr is plumbing inspector
and holds his office for one year.
THE CITT SCHOOLS.
East Moiine prides itself on its
three public schools, its superintend
ent being D. B. Hoffman. The Lin
coln school, where the high school
is located, is to be enlarged so as to
offer accommodations to students to
take the four years' course, so that
graduates from here will be on a par
of credit with schools of other cities.
The students here have access and
secure monthly from 100 to more
books from the library of Moiine,
thus giving a privilege seldom given
elsewhere unless through the cour
tesy of the library board.
THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
The city is practically a volunteer
station, though equipped with a hose
cart for single horse, etc., under the
care and observation of the city mar
shal and officers of the police depart
rcent. Ere another year rolls by the
indications are that a regular paid
fire station will be voted on, as the!
city has already purchased lots, con
templating the erection cf a new city
call in connection with the same.
The police protection Is under Louis
Bornhoeft, the chief and veteran, who is
ably assisted by Fred Schlaeter, Ed
Glasgow, Pete Van Este and Ed Wil
son. THE WATER SrPPLT.
The city stand pipe, situated In the
back hills, gives a water pressure
of 80 pounds, pumped from two ar
tesian wells, securing good fire pro-
pie. ; The original system waa In
stalled at a cost ot S30.000, and
there has been expended since over
$70,000 for extensions to streets,
avenues and new factory additions.
From a duck pond to a well
drained town, It has cost the city for
sewers in the residence and business
districts about $85,000, and with the
storm drains added, another $20,000,
snd 1912 will find about $30,000
mere expended in the way of further
The United Light and Power com-;
pany, a subsidiary to the Trl-Clty
Railway and Light company, fur-r-ishes
both gas and electricity, and
every home will soon be connected
with the new mains now being laid.
The company before long will be
in its new substation and office build
ing just completed.
F. J. Clendenln has been post
master ever since the town was a
third class office; Its revenue has so
increased that It will soon be entered
in the second class, with a regular
carrier service. The office Is now in
the new two story building erected
by H. N. Bronson, who occupies the
There are a Catholic church and
two Protestant churches, besides a
church of reorganized Latter Day
Saints. St. Mary's Catholic congre
gation owns Its home of worship, so
does the Plymouth Congregational
church. The First Methodist Epis
copal church, which only recently or
ganized, is erecting a splendid $5,'
000 church building. Rev. George
R. Cady of Galesburg, 111., will be
the new pastor. Rev. Fank Ander
son is pastor for the Plymouth Con
East Moiine has laid out two parks
on the bluffs surrounding the city.
Tbough still in a rural state, ar
rangements are made for their im'
provement, and it is expected they
will form the nucleus of a good park
system in the near future.
Among the new buildings of' East
Moiine, aside from the factories,
may be mentioned 250 new homes
which have been built during the
last year, in addition to a large num
ber of business blocks on First ave
nue. More new residences and bus!
ness blocks are planned and will be
erected before long,
It has been decided to erect a new
city hall and fire station, which will
be two stories high and will be of
uicdern construction, affording every
convenience. It will cost in the
neighborhood of $20,000. Three lots
have been purchased for this pur
pose on Second avenue and Ninth
A new postoffice has been erected
on First avenue near Ninth street,
and was occupied Oct. 1. This also
Is a two story building. It was built
Charles Swensoa on Third avenue i
and Fifth street, C. A. Washburn,
Dr. J. H. Long, Claus Landquist,
Mrs. Sarah Oxendale, two story
brick erected by Gumber Bros., Mrs.
Elsie Coleman of Davenport, two
story for Kloppenborg, People's
Power company, between Eighth and
Ninth, office and display room, one
New buildings erected by Root &
Van Dervoort Engineering company
and the Mollne Automobile company,
manufacturers of Moiine automo
biles Main machine shoo, with di
mensions of 85x470, is now devoted
wholly to the purpose of machining
except that the end ot the building
is used tor storing finished stock as
it comes from the machines. The
foundry has a clear molding floor of
70x300, or double its previous ca
pacity. The four story warehouse
also has a basement of COx
130. The new assembling building
now under way is 85x280 long. The
machine shop, foundry and the as
sembling building axe all equipped
with electrically operated cranes.
The testing and paint building also
now under construction is 70x380
long, and is served by a electrically
operated crane, and will be devoted
entirely to testing, painting and stor
age. It has a reinforced concrete
basement, giving a very large
amount of storage room.
FIXE COMMERCIAL CLUB.
The City Commercial club, which
was organized about three years ago.
East Moiine, today has a group of
large factories that are expanding
and building to such an extent that
one must go there to see its magnl
tude, are evidence of the push and
energy shown to awaken factory
men to locate here, doing in a general
way everything possible to make the
town advance. Genuine boosting is
the motto of the club. It was orig
inally organized in November, 1907, as
the East Moiine Business Men's as
sociation, with W. G. Baker, presi
dent; Peter C. Stange, vice president;
David Cox, treasurer, and F. J. Clen
denln, secretary. It was changed to
the East Moiine Commercial club and
has today 75 active members and is
still growing. Mr. Baker, who was
president for years, was succeeded
by F. J. Clendenin, and Mr. Baker
is now city attorney. The present
officers therefore are as follows:
President F. J. Clendenin.
Vice President J. F. Ryan.
Secretary A. B. Johnson.
Treasurer H. J. Best.
These and the following constitute
the executive board: Dr. G. F. John
son, George W. Ross, George W
Walker, C. H. Vincent. S. A. Cart
George TV. Ross, general manager
of the East Moiine Land company,
has been given the name of "Father
of East Moiine,"- as It was he who I
laid out a large portion of the town;
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by II. N. Bronson of Chicago, who and planned its development, and is
lmsed the Dostofflee sisace to the! most active in securing more indus-
pevernment. The space for the work
of the department is practically
The First Methodist church is
building a splendid new church
building on Fifth street and Second
p.enue, at a cost of about $5,000.
This will also soon be ready for oc
cupation. A splendid new fireproof building
is being built by the Manufacturers'
State bank of East Moiine. This
structure will represent an expendi
ture of about $30,000, including
cost of ground. The bank will be
ready to move into its new quarters
in the near future.
A partial list of the new buildings
elected during the last year or now
In tha rnnrsn rf nnnctntnt nil la a a
Two story building on First ave
nue between Ninth and Tenth streets,
by C. J. Aldene. It is a double store,
n.easuring 50x80 feet.
Two moving picture show build
ings, each costing about $5,000.
Two story building erected by the
mayor, Dr. G. F. Johnson, First ave
nue and Eighth street, 40x60 feet,
first floor occupied by the State bank
of East Moiine and a clothing store,
second floor by offices, and the East
Vcline Commercial club. Modern
Gust Dralle building on First ave
nue between Eighth and Ninth
streets, 40x60 feet, one story, now
circupled by Manufacturers' State
J. F. Ryan building on First ave
nue between Eighth and Ninth
streets, two stories, 40x90 feet, sec
ond floor occupied by M. W. A. hall.
New drug store of Henry Slebke,
two stories, on First avenue between
Eighth and Ninth streets.
Muns Nelson, two story concrete
building; also a one story restaurant
New postoffice building, two
stories high, first floor used by TJ. S
postoffice, built by H. N. Bronson of
Two story building, 50x80 feet.
pool hall and a bakery downstairs,
and apartments upstairs
Two story building on First ave
nue and Tenth street, 52x80 feet.
erected by George Carpentier.
Among the achievements accom
plished by action of the Commercial
club are: Grading of Seventh street
hill, paving First avenue for 12
blocks, paving Bluff road seven
blocks, paving Twelfth street one
block, paving Thirteenth street one
block, opening up Seventh street,
laying sewers and watermains,
granting franchises for gas and elec
tricity, making boundary line of
South Moiine township to coincide
with that of East Mollne, getting
new factories, seuring and sending
out literature stating East Moline's
advantages, and ever offering their
time to newcomers with proper in
Here is the list of East Moiine fac
Midland Motor company (Midland
Root & Van Dervoort Engineering
company (gasoline engines).
Moiine Automobile company (Moiine
Moiine Scale company (Victor pit
and Moiine pitless scales).
Union Malleable Iron company
Marseilles company (corn shelters
and manure spreaders).
East Moiine Pressed Steel' com
pany (pressed steel parts).
East Mollne Sash and Door works
Harvester factory of Deere & Co.
In addition to the above, the Mu
tual Wheel company of Mollne is to
build a large plant at East Moiine,
and Deere & Co. also has secured
a large tract for a factory Bite.
which, it is expected, will be utilized
in the near future.
East Moiine has also a live wire
in the person of Floyd E. Thompson,
editor of the East Moiine Herald.
The East Moiine Sash and Door
Works: The output of this firm,
which was incorporated four years
ago with C. J. Nelson, president;
John P. Engstrom, secretary, and
Fred Sudlow, treasurer, consisting of
sash, doors, blinds, mouldings,
screens, interior finish, veneering
and all kinds of work, is taxed to
its capacity the year around. The
Arm carries a large stock of all kinds
I. H. Guyer has bought two tots 0f iumber under its own dry sheds.
together with a large supply of art
glass and window stock. C. J. Nel
son was a pioneer of the business,
having conducted same years before
The East Moiine Pressed Steel
Company: One of the newer indus
tries of the tri-cities is the Mo
llne Pressed Steel company, whose
factory is located at East Moiine.
The company was organized and the
plsnt erected about a year ago. All
kinds of pressed steel parts are made
on First avenue between Seventn
and Eighth streets, and expects to
erect a two story building, 80x80
In addition to these there are
nirite a number of new and beauti
ful residences. Among them are
those erected by George W Ross on
the bluff between Seventh and
Eighth streets; Dr. G. F. Johnson on
Second avenue between Sixth and
Seventh streets; Dr. C. E. Donahoo,
V iiUam Eackville of the Sackville
Cra company, Arthur Hughes on
toctlon and pure water for the peo-1 5et-und avenue and Eighth street.
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