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Cook Stoves Ranges,
Boynton Celebrated Furnaces,
Wrought Steel Ranges
and Steel Dome Furnaces.
t37Estirnate8 for Heating and Ventilating furnished on ap
plication. DAVID DON,
1617 Second avenne, Rook Island, Ills.
Plash Cabinet Albums 38 cents,
Leather Cabinet Albums 78 cents,
Sleds Below Cost,
Work Baskets Below Cost,
Stationery at 29 per cent off,
Cabinet Frames 20 per cent off;
Bibles at Cost,
"Wall Paper at and Below Cost
Window Shades at Cost.
BIO BARGAINS in Every Department for we MUST
CLOSE out our Stock in Twenty Days.
Holiday Offer
With evrry order of Cabinet Pho'njjrapha w will present an ex'r
Puoto handsomely framed in a cold furninhed frame, well worth $l,0O
We would utiirgPAt that parties who wish to send Photos abroad for
the Holiday would do well to encage a sitting at an early date
To 1725 Second Avenue,
Iock Island.
You are invited to call at the corner of Brady and Sec
ond street, Davenport, and get a good warm pair of
You can save MORE than j'our street car fare. Make
a New Year's resolve to go and try it.
The Davenport Shoe Co.,
Davenport, Iowa.
Has opened his New and Spacious
No. 1620 to 1G26 Third avenue,
where he would be pleased to see his friends.
Mr-All kind' of drink at well as Ale and Porter, and the well known drink "Half and 'alf," the
bit place In the city where jrou can get It.
VAV.rv v M ty
U'. 'AV'iuiV'A 'AAv
Wall Paper, Curtains
No. 1401 Second Avenue.
1705 Secend Avenue.
Unexpected Demise of Hen. Bailey
FmmIiik Peacefully an Qaletly Away
at Hla Well Kaswa II one la Thla
City -Ia Proaataeac Floaeer'a Career
at as Eaa.
Baiby Davenport is deadl This was
the at nouncement that passed rapidly
from ear to ear on the streets last even
ing. The grievous intelligence astounded
almost everyone who learned it, as it was
not generally known that Mr. Davenport
was seriously ill. though the statement
bad b en published that ha was suffering
with 'he influenza. Ue was first at
tacked by a severe cold last Sunday.
which he contracted on the previous day
while on a drive in his carriage to his
mines near the watch tower. Sunday be
compliined of being indisposed, though
he did not regard his condition as at all
srrioui, and when his faithful house-
keepei, Miss Addie Bowline, asked him
to sen 1 for medical attendance, be de
clined on the ground that he would be all
right on the fol
lowing day that
he only bad a
bad cold and
be retired early
in the afternoon
ana Miss How
line adminis-
tere such reme
dies as she bad in
the house. Mon-
Hon. BaUey Davtnport. day came and he
was spparently no better, tnongn ne
said tic was. That day be consent-
ed t the summoning of a physi
cian, and Dr. Cowden was called. The
trouble was pronounced influenza, though
it wat not regarded as of a serious form.
That lay Mr. Davenport sent a cooked
turkey, a ton ot coal and sundry articles
to Buford post and Relief Corps on the
occas on of the annual installation
exerc se of those societies in their
new hall.. Tuesday brought no par
ticular change in bis condition, but
Wednesday the ailment developed
nto asthma and bronchitis, with
which the patient had suffered before.
Teste -day morning he was able to dress
and descend to bis library on the first
floor, where be spent the forenoon looking
after some business matters requiring im
mediate attention. and among other things
wrote a letter to Judge Wilkinson, his at
toroe?, upon an important matter per
tainirg to the Hock Island & Milan btrcet
railwi.y and which the judge received in
the afternoon, and at once sent Mr. Dav-
en port an answer by mail, which bow
ever, was never read by him.
Abiut 4 o'clock in the afternoon be
expressed a desire to sit up on the edge
of thr bed. thinking it a more restful po
sition. He was permitted to do so, and
then tie asked for a cup of coffee. Miss
Bowl ng felt that she should not leave
him in that position, fearing that he
migta. attempt to rise and fall, and she told
him so. He assured her, however, that
he would be all right, and she went for
the coffee. While she was preparing it
Dr. Cowden arrived, and with him she
repai-ed to Mr. Davenports chamber,
when they were shocked to find the suf
ferer on the floor in a somewhat kneeling
posture, and utterly helpless. She had
not been absent from bis attendance half
an l.our, but bow long he bad been in
that oosition is not known. Help was
summoned, and Mr. Davenport placed
back in the bed from which he never
agait rose. From that time it seems he
failed, though the work of dissolution was
not perceptible. He appeared perfectly
conscious to the last, and once when the
doct ir told him that he n.M8t not attempt
to git out of bed again and asked him if
be u iderstood, he simply answered "yes."
This was his last word. As the darkness
of e ening gathered about, bis breathing
becane more indistinct, and shortly after
the light of day vanished the last flicker
of li e went out at 6:45 o'clock he calmly
sank into the repose eternal.
Did. Bailey Davenport was born at
Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 15, 1823, and the
Sam) year was brought to Rock Island
county with his father, the late Col. Geo.
Davenport, and bis home has been here
continuously since. He was therefore
not only the oldest settler in this section
on ilher aide of the river, but probably
in tie entire western Illinois. His father
was the first while settler to make a set
tlen ent in this part of the country and
his ife and that of bis son are therefore
essential features to the history not only
of lie county, but of the states of Illi
nois and Iowa. Col. Davenport arrived
hen in the spring of 1816, having been a
native of England, and was born
at Lincolnshire, in 1783. In 1815 he
was employed by Col. Wm. Morrison, of
Eettucky, government contractor, to
supply the troops with provisions, and it
was to engaged that be made the trip up
the Mississippi in company with Capt
La rence that reaultad in bis settlement
hero. Arriving at the mouth of Rock
river they examined the country for the
site of a fort, resulting in the selection of
the lower end of the present Island of
- f . . I I I- I
Rock Island aa a suitable point. Tbey
landed on Rock Island Hay 10, 1816, and
there be remained with but little inter
mission until the time of his murder by a
band of robbers, July 4. 1315, in
his sixty-third year. -They were the
only inbabitanU hereabouts in the
days of bis settlement and he wit
nessed the landing of the first steams
boat and other events in the advance
ment of the civilization of the country.
He was the first postmaster of Rack Isl
and, the office being established originally
npon the island in 1825. was one of the
first county commissioners and took other
important parts in the early settlement
and history of the locality. He died be
loved by all and whose epitath was once
written "here lies a friend to humanity."
The son, the subiect of this sketch, as
a boy, attended the first school building
in what is now Rock Island county. It
wasa one story log cabin without win
dows, the only openings being a door and
a fire place, and the teacher was Capt.
Stubbs, a graduate of West Point, in
which institution be was afterward
teacher of mathematics and later in life
assistant postmaster general of the United
States. In 1837 Mr. Davenport was sent
by bis father to the St. Louis, (Mo.) unit
versity and afterwards to private schools
in the town of Davenport, so that not
withstanding natural lack of advantages
of that early day, he acquired quite a
thorough schooling. His first business
enterprise was that of gardner on his
father's islaud farm, a task which he un
dertook at the age of twelve years.
He did not overlook any op
portunities for study, however, and
all of his spare time was so employed.
During the Black Hawk war a Ser
geant Haskins,of the United States army,
inspired him to become a horse trader,
and it seems to have met bis fancy just
as his early horticultural efforts did, and
the subsequent years of his life were
given more or less to farming, gardening
and horse breeding and trading. In 1841
bis father deeded him fifty nine quarter
sections of land in Adams, Hancock, Ful
ton and Henderson counties, and from
that his operations as a dealer in real es
tate began. His father also owned ex
tensive tracts in Illinois as in Iowa and
Missouri, and the son Bailey became the
agent. It was in this connection that he
came very near losing his life at one
time. In paying the taxes in Hancock
county he found two quarters had been
taken possession of by the prophet, Joe
Smith, who had fenced them into his
Nauvoo domain. It was while in the
prophet's city in 1842, attempting to ef
fect a settlement of this land case, that
he met with his thrilling experience and
narrow escape, having been, by strategy,
enticed into an old stone boat bouse
under the impression that the men he de
sired to communicate with were inside.
It was near dark and as he entered the
door closed quickly behind him and he
heard the grating of heavy iron bolts. He
became conscious of his peril in an in
stant and made a bound for the rear door.
Tiger-like from a dark corner the assas
sins sprang upon him with daggers
drawn. He aaw the gleam of their
murderous weapons as the door closed
behind him and at the same time heard
their suppressed breathing, but he was
too quick for them and the rear door
being slightly ajar he sprang through it
as the would-be murderers clutched for
him and dashing across the porch lesped
to the ground and made good his chances
by exerting all his strength for running.
After events, when the Mormons had
gone, revealed the fact that fully 150 men
had perished by the plot set for Mr.
Davenport in the same old stone house,
and in 1845 an old man named Redden
and his sons, who occupied it, wen tried
and found guilty as accessories to the
murder of Col. George Davenport.
Mr. Davenport's only brother, the late
George L. Davenport, was the first white
settler in what is now the state of Iowa,
and it was upon bis claim that Mr. Bailey
Davenport worked the plow in Seplem
ber, 1832, thus opening the first furrow
ever turned to the sun in what is now one
of the foremost agricultural states in the
union. By heritage from his father, Mr
Davenport acquired a vast extent of land
and afterward enlarged his possessions
by the purchase of more from the estate.
At the time of his death be owned fully
2,500 acres of land in and about the
cities of Rock Island and Moline and
forming almost the entire south, south
western and southeastern suburbs of this
city. Of this he farmed 1,000 acres an
nually, grazing hundreds of cattle and
horses. His familiar homestead fronting
on Seventh avenue, where most of his
life was spent, and which Is a landmark
in the community, is located on a fine
hundred-acre piece. The famous, and
popular Black Hawk watch tower, that
beautiful and historic summer resort
overlooking Rock river, was included in
his possessions, and he, it was, who im
proved t by building the pavilion and
other attractions on its summit and mak
ing it accessible by projecting and cons
tructing the Rock Island & Milan
steam motor street railway, ot which
he was president and superintendent, and
in which be owned the majority of stock
He owned and worked large atone quar
ries, sand banks and coal mines, to all of
which he gave hie personal attention. In
the breeding of horses, in which he took
particular delight, be became owner of
some of the finest Logans, Mc
Gregors, Wheelocks, etc. He has
laid out four additions to Rock Is
land and three to the city of Moline. A
large number of our manufacturing en
terprises are located on his lands such
as a portion of the yards of the Kock Is
land Lumber company, while his pos
sessions are scattered throughout the
cities. He was also owner of con
siderable land in the northwestern part
of Iowa and in Nebraska. He also had
some city property in Davenport, $25.
000 worth of which be disposed of last
summer. He was one of the organizers
of the Merchants' State bank, of Daven
port in 1858, afterward merged into the
Davenport National bank, in which he
was still a stockholder at the time of his
death. He was one of the organizers of
the Peoples' National bank, of Rock Isl
and in 1876, was elected to its first board
of directors and was chosen its first pres
ident, an office he held until his death,
though he held but fifty-one shares of
stock in the institution.
Mr. Davenport was always a staunch
democrat, politically, and he served the
city as its chief executive during all the
trying times of the war, being mayor con
tinuously from 1861 to '66 and again in
1875-76, and be discharged the duties of
the office in a most excellent, able and
satisfactory manner. It was due very
largely to his instrumentality that the
United States arsenal was located on Rock
Island, and it was to his exertions in a
large measure that the great Rock Island
route was brought by way of this city in
its early construction and given the city's
name. And notwithstanding that great
fault has been found with him for the
persistent manner in which he retained
possession o" his real estate, refusing
to permit it to go into market many
going so far as to accuse him of being an
obstructionist he did a great deal
for Rook Island that is not known to all.
and those who were best acquainted with
his nature, say be was very orten mis
judged; that when properly approached
he lent a willing ear, and that all reason
able requests met with a ready response
on his part. Many of the poor of the
city whom be had befriended unknown to
anyone but themselves, will bless his
memory. Those employed about his
household state that a deserving appeal
for relief was never turned empty handed
from his door.
While he lived a sort of hermit
life in his castle on Seventh avenue,
he was accessible to all, free to
converse and he took pleasure in talking
over reminiscences of Rock Island's his
tory, with which he was so familiar, and
in erhibiting relics which he had from
time to time collected. He was a man
naturally of strong force of character, ef
generous impulse, entirely unostentatious
in bis ways, but he had his own ideas of
all things and adhered very strictly to
While Mr. Davenport's fortune has
been generally considered as very large,
it has probably been very creatly ever
estimated. In fact be was very much in
clined to place the value of his real estate
at a much higher figure than it was con
sidered to be worth . He was heard once
in tbe past year to esy that be believed
be was worth half a million, and yet
those best acquainted wiih the nature of
his possessions, state that tbey don't be
lieve the value of all he owned will ex
ceed $250,000 to $300,000. He was
what might be said land rich, but money
poor. He also left a large amount of
debts, and some of bis property was
heavily mortgaged.
It is a grave uncertainty as to whether
or not Mr. Dayenport left a will. His
attorney. Judge Wilkinson, knows of
none, nor does any other attorney in the
city. If he executed a final testament be
did so privately, and his intimate friends
are of the opinion that he made no pro
vision for the disposal of his estate.
There is good ground for the belief
though that he did make a will within the
past year and that two of his employes
were witnesses to it. It b as been impos
sible to get any confirmation of this and
it is posttible that it is not true. This
morning Mr. Davenport's papers were
packed in boxes, sealed and placed in Ue
vault of the People's bank until after the
Mr. Davenport's mother died at Daven
port nine years ago, and his brother Geo.
L. Davenport, four years ago at St. Au
gustine, Fla. The only actual heirs,
therefore, are the five children of the latter-Joseph,
of Cincinnati; Naoma L.,
Eatberine and Harry, of the city ot Dav
enport, and Ebeneezer, of Tama City,
Iowa. Mr. Geo. M. Co pp. Miss Addie
Bowling and Mrs. Swan, of this city, are
The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock
Sunday afternoon from the home, Rev.
R. T. Sweet, of Trinity church, officiat
ing. Geo. Davenport Camp, Sons of St.
George, of which the deceased was a
member, will participate, and the old set
tiers of Rock Island and Scott counties
are invited to attend.
The cars on the Milan road are decked
with mourning today in respect to tbe
dead president of the company.
This morning the directors of the Peo
pie's National bank met and appointed
Messrs. Jos. Rosenfield, Fred. Hass and
August Huesing a committee to arrange
for attendance upon the funeral and to pre
pare a suitable announcement to be sent
out to the bank's correspondents. The
diiectory of the Milan road is in session
this afternoon, and the Old Settlers will
probably have a meeting to take action
The historic cane belonging to tbe presi
dent of the society was presented by Mr.
The coal mining and other personal in'
terests of Mr. Davenport, in which be
employed about fifty men, ceased opera-
lions this morning, but the corporations,
such as the Rock Island & Milan road
and Peoples' National bank, will not be
interrupted by his death, and no changes
will occur until there is a settlement ef
his estate. -
Ducks and chickens at May's.
Mr. John Schall, of Hillsdale, was in
the city today.
Mr. Ed. Rogers, of Port Byron, was in
the city yesterday.
Green onions, spinach, head lettuce
and oyster plant at May's.
The ferry Spencer is undergoing its an
nual repairs at tbe boat yards.
Report has it that negotiations are
pending for tbe sale of the Union.
Miss Grace Shrauger left this morning
for Chicago on a visit to her sister, Mrs.
H.J. Murphy.
Mr. J. E. Fleming has accepted tbe
position of bookkeeper for Baker &
Housman .
Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Whitridge's in
tended departure for California has been
deferred for about a week.
The Hospital Guild entertainment
promises to be a most delightful affair.
The Guild have spared no efforts to make
it a most pronounced success.
Tonight at Turner hall occurs the
wrestling match between Messrs. Greene
and Burns and the glove contest between
Messrs. Sutton and Staassen. Both
will be interesting events.
Supervisor Jack Wilson, who is clerk
of Rural camp, 186, Modern Woodmen,
was presented by the camp the other
evening with a gold pen. A very
worthy gift to a very worthy man.
A rumor gained carrency this morning
that the Holmes syndicate had purchased
of tbe Messrs. Sears tbe water power on
this side ot Rock river for $65,000, but
the statement is denied by those in a po
sition to know.
The Terrys, ot "our colored circles."
living in South Rock Island, had a fami
ly row last evening, and Henry went
into the neighborhood for a gun to blow
the head off his paternal ancestor, Sandy
Terry. He didn't get the gun, but be got
in the lockup instead.
The Germans' spectacular minstrels
gave an excellent entertainment at Har
per's theatre last evening. Tbe features
were all unique and many of them bril
liant. the songs and dances were
deserving of special praise and the entire
performance refined and firstclass.
Curiosity is all on tip toe to know
what the "Crowning of the Queen of
Fame" may mean at the forthcoming ent
tertainment of the Hospital Guild. The
only way to find out is to go to the opera
house next Thursday evening, Jan. 16
Be sure you will be rewarded and des
Ohlweiler & Spilger is the name of
new contracting and building firm whose
advertisement appears in another part of
the Argus. Both of the members of the
firm are well known in this city where
they have resided for a good many years.
They are both first-class workmen, having
nearly twenty years worked for Mr. C.
Scbreiuer tbe well known builder.
Satire to the Public.
Rock Island, 111, Jan. 10. 1890.
I will now receive cash bids for the en
tire stock cf clothing, bats, caps, gloves,
trunks and gent's furnishing goods be
longing to the estate of Abram Loeb.
H.P. Hcll, Assignee.
Weather PorecaMt.
TJ. 8. SiKAX Omci. I
Wahlnirua, D. C Jan,U. f
For the next 24 hours for Illinois:
Fair; warmer.
Mclntire Bros, have a new and reliable
kid glove cleaner; cleans Derfectlv and
leaves no oaor.
Jast receued, all
to be sold at
10 Cents per Copy,
by mail 11 cents.
Identical with that for which
you are asked to pay from
four to ten times our price by
other dealers.
Violin, Guitar
and Banjo strings
at low prices.
Call and see for yourselves.
C. C. Taylor
1625 Second avenue,
Under Bock Island Bona.
Secured by First Mortgage,
IXTiBirr Collictss Without Chamb.
No trouble or ezpenae apared to aecnr choicest
Oar Fourteen year' experience ana long es
tablished local asenciM (it us
anpertor facilities.
Call or write for circular or references.
First Mortgages
n tnu or
1200.00 and Upwards
For tale, secured on land worth from
three to five times the amount
of the loan.
Interest 1 per cent semi annually, collected and
remittee free ox coarge.
Attobnxt at Law
Room and 4 Masonic Temple,
Melntire Bros.
Inaugurate this week a clearing sale
clean house. You will find bargains this week in all departments, as
they last.
Plaid Dress Goods 6c a yard
Plaid Dress Goods 8 and 10c a y'd.
Double Fold Cashmeres 9 Jo a yard.
Bordered Cashmeres 12c a yard.
English Cashmeres, fine weave 19c a yard.
IS Pair Wool Flannels, Stripes, suitable for dresses, skirts, wrap
pers, etc.. at
Tou can't match it for the money.
TOWELS Linen Towels 5c each. Damask towels 10c up. Bleached
Napkins 5c a piece. All linen fringed Napkins 5c each. Other
bargains not mentioned.
BED SPREADS Fine assortment of Bed Spreads, medium to fine
qualities at lowest prices.
CLOAKS Take your choice of Cloth Garments at 20 per cent off price,
1-5 off deducted from price of all cloth garments.
Rook Island. Illinois.
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Geo. A7". D. Harris,
Real Estate and Insurance,
229 Seventeenth St. under Commercial Hotel, ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
The nicest Christmas or New Years present to make to your
amlly would be
A Lot,
A House and Lot,
A Few Acres on the Bluff,
A Farm,
Western Land, or
any good renting property.
If von have anything to exchange or want your property insured in first-class
companies, call on Geo. W. D. Harris before Jan. 1 to enable you to make a suits
Die present acceptable at any time.
Only $1,00 PER GALLON,
Hare been re-opened tinder the maaacement of Mr. HARRY FAY, a firft-claM barber, who ao
Uclte a share of public patronage. Tbe abop haa been renovated, re-painted and re-papered
throughout and the batb room recarpeted, la fact eTerytLlug 1 in flret-clae ibape.
Children's Felt Slippers, - - - 35c
Misses' " ... - 45c
Women's " -.... 65C
Misses' High Button Gaiters - - - 75c
Women's Alaskas, - - - 40c v
Gentlemen's Patent Leather Pumps , - $1 40
In Gentlemen's Holiday Slippers we have tbe finest assortment in tbe ci'y for
70c to S3 50. Felt Boot and Overs sold regardless of cost.
Electric Sudor (or the feet, 0 cents per box.
8938 ruth
on a grand scale. The time has come to
Shoe Stores-
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