Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 2, Number 3, September, 1992 Page: 168
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and to make things even Mr. N. C. Rigg brought with him his bride.
Mr. A. R. Voorhees, with his gifted bride, came last spring from Warsaw, Mo.,
and have now a very roomy and sightly residence on their 40 acres of out-lot
property in the town, and Mr. Voorhees has gained the distinction of making the
most progress in the tilling of the new soil of any of our settlers.
Mr. Elcana Timmons, with the families of his daughters, came last spring from
Happy Valley, Harrison county, Mo., and in addition to his little home in town,
has improved two farms on the prairie.
Mr. Carl G. Larson, an old and honored resident of Ruthven, Palo Alto county,
Iowa, has selected out town for his family home in their declining years, and has
improved a farm as an investment and as additional resource for his support.
The location of this promising and thriving town, just on the edge of the ranch
place of our old friend, Mr. J. Watt Tinkler, is stimulating that gentleman to adopt
metropolitan airs, and his ranch house has blossomed out into a very tasty and
roomy suburban residence. We rejoice with him in what we are assured will prove
his great good fortune in this development of value in his locality.
Another very valuable acquisition to this new colony is Mr. Thos. Cook, who
came here last summer from Barton county, Mo., and has taken hold with all the
vim of a broad-gauged Northern farmer, with his fine heavy teams and improved
Also from Barton county, Missouri, came Mr. H. A. Brown, who, in addition
to opening up for improvement a quarter section farm, is building himself a nice,
comfortable home in Rock Island, and has established himself in the flour and feed
Also from Barton county, Missouri came Mr. James Worthing, to improve his
section of land and occupy his cozy home in the suburbs of Rock Island.
In our town we have as representatives from Palo Alto county, Iowa, Mr.
John T. Eaton and Mr. Geo. F. Barlow, both formerly of Ruthven, Iowa; from
Calhoun county, la., Mr. Cass P. Yates and Mr. Thos. O. Yates - moved in from
Manson with their aged mother and family. From Washington county, III., Mr.
P. W. Nolting (formerly a resident of Beaucoup, III.), Mr. Fred. Peithmann, Mr.
Henry Brodhage and Mr. Fred. Steinwald.
The Tanner ranch has been bought by two gentlemen from Missouri -
Messrs. Eubank and Crockett -- and will be put in a high state of improvement
the coming year. Mr. Crockett has already built a commodious house in Rock
Island for his family.
The town of Rock Island enjoys the unique distinction for a Southern town
of being without a colored citizen.
It is remarkable what has been accomplished by this enterprising Company,
under the extremely forbidding business conditions of the past year. They have
had their agents and traveling men constantly at work, and it is to the untiring
energy of these agents that they attribute the success of the movement. Messrs.
A. M. & J. H. York, of national reputation as excursion agents and real estate
operators, have been the General Agents of this Company in Missouri, with
headquarters at Sedalia, and the large number of Missouri settlers attest their
success. Mr. N. A. Baker, an tensive real estate dealer in the North, has an agency
in Illinois, and has contributed a large share to their success. Mr. John T. Eaton,
as Traveling Agent in Iowa, and Mr. J. C. Vickory of Bloomingdale, Indiana, have
also made their impression on this work.
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