Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 2, Number 3, September, 1992 Page: 167
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A Rock Island Reader
Brodhage, Henry - Beaucoup, Washington County, Illinois, 244.68 acres
Powell, C. H. - Beaucoup, Washington County, Illinois, 163.12 acres
Gingrick, Henry - Golden City, Missouri, 160.92 acres
Nolting, Elsie H. - Beaucoup, Washington County, Illinois, 325.25 acres
Steinwald, Fred - Irvington, Washington County, Illinois, 160.92 acres
Johnson, E. S. - Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas, 81.52 acres
Eubank, Rev. Henry - Macon City, Macon County, Missouri, 152.6 acres
Wacker, Fred - Hoylton, Washington County, Illinois, 321.85 acres
Stelzride, Charles - Hoylton, Washington County, Illinois, 160.92 acres
White, Joseph W. - Clinton, Henry County, Missouri, 242.3 acres
McCandless, R. S. - Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas, 80.46 acres
Beckmeyer, Louis C. - Beaucoup, Washington County, Illinois, 652.13 acres
Slusing, William J. - Moberly, Randolph County, Missouri, 325.97 acres
Wheeler, A. K. - Brooklyn, Powsheik County, Iowa, 325.88 acres
Allison, D. C. - Bunceton, Cooper County, Missouri, 80.46 acres
Walkley, Stephen - Clinton, Henry County, Missouri, 640.64 acres
Rutherford, John C. - Tipson, Cooper County, Missouri, 80 acres
Sindleton, George - Norborne, Corroll County, Missouri, 80 acres
Sheley, J. V. - New Bloomfield, Callaway County, Missouri, 80 acres
Curry, C. R. - New Bloomfield, Callaway County, Missouri, 167.44 acres
Manning, Charles A. - Cairo, Randolph County, Missouri, 320 acres
Smith, Norwood - McCredle, Audrain County, Missouri, 82.6 acres
Whitaker, Henry T. - Clinton, Henry County, Missouri, 163.03 acres
Eubank, R. B. - Slater, Saline County, Missouri, 1194.94 acres
Crockett, S. A. - Brunswick, Charlton County, Missouri, 597.49 acres
Cox, G. F. - Keytesville, Charlton County, Missouri, 320 acres
Rader, Perry S. - Brunswick, Charlton County, Missouri, 320 acres
Since the establishment of the side-track, the railroad company has sold not
less than 1000 tickets to Rock Island, and has hauled to Rock Island over 100
full cars of freight, including the teams, tools, furniture, etc., brought in by our
settlers, and in addition all of the local freight which is naturally received by a
community of this size.
To the energy of Mr. Melvin Hart of Dickens, Clay county, Iowa, is to be
attributed the erection of the first house on the quarter section adjoining the town
of Rock Island, and he is entitled to the distinction of the "pioneer settler."
Mr. D. A. Black, from Pleasant Green, Mo., started the first building on the
town site proper February 15, 1896, to which he has added two extensive
buildings since to accommodate his increasing business, and he built the first
dwelling house for the use and comfort of his family, which dwelling was
unfortunately burned one night last May.
Mr. James L. Foley, from Marshall county, Mo., was one of the first to build
in the town, and soon had the pleasure of introducing his bride to his cozy cottage
home. Mr. Foley has a livery stable and livery equipment that would be a credit
to a town of 3000 people.
Mr. N. C. Rigg and his father from El Dorado Springs, Mo., seized this
opportunity for a good start with a growing community, and bought 480 acres
adjoining Rock Island; also 50 lots in the town, and built the first lumber office,
Here’s what’s next.
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