Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 2, Number 3, September, 1992 Page: 173
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A Rock Island Reader
May 13, 1897
June 17, 1897
July 14, 1897
August 19, 1897
August 26, 1897
September 16, 1897
September 23, 1897
Hallettsville Herald: Three car loads of poles, wire and other material have arrived
for the construction of the new telephone line from Hallettsville to Sublime,
Cheatham, Rock Island and Columbus.
Rock Island Journal: A petition asking that the name of the postoffice at this place
be changed from Crasco to that of Rock Island, is in circulation and numerously
signed, the name of every business man in the town is on it. The name Crasco,
we understand was given this postoffice without the consent of the patrons
about one year ago. The town has since grown to size and importance that a
change is demanded. Rock Island is the name of the town, the name of the railroad
station, express office, telegraph office and should be the name of the postoffice,
as the name Rock Island appears on all the latest maps and is the name of the
platted and recorded town.
Rock Island Journal: The business done at Rock Island station in May was over
39 per cent larger than any previous month. During the month there was received
three cars of grain, one of flour, and one of barbed wire and three of lumber.
Rock Island Journal: This elegant hotel is now finished and worthy to rank as first
class in a city of 10,000 people. It has seventeen rooms, finished in the most
approved style, the rooms on the first floor are lathed and plastered and the wood
is elegantly finished in oil. The finish above is equally nice and tasty. This house
is built with a view of comfort and convenience. The proprietor, G. W. Chalfant
has an eye to business in doing so much to please his patrons as well in the
culinary department as the arrangement and finish of the hotel.
Rock Island Journal: This country has thousands of acres of uncultivated prairie
land that poor men from the north could have the free use of for two years by
simply cultivating it. In that time they accumulate enough from the rows to make
a good payment on land of their own and live between the rows while they are
Rock Island Journal: The present postmaster, E. G. Scott, has been removed and
Charles Peterson appointed in his place. This of course was not unexpected.
Rock Island Journal: The first excursion to Rock Island of this season arrived via
Houston Thursday, the 19th, in a Katie reclining chair car, No. 107. Messrs.
A. M. & J. H. York, agents for Missouri, assure us that about September 20 they
will bring a much larger company.
The Rock Island Journal has been running six months, and Editor Rust is making
it "pert and chipper and sassy."
Rock Island Journal: The first legal election ever held in Rock Island was
September 10, 1897. The presiding officers were J. W. Tinkler, J. W. Iley,
T. W. Cook and W. C. Peterson. The election was held in the old Caller saloon
building, to determine whether the stock law should be enforced or not. The total
number of votes cast was thirty-eight for the stock law and ten against it.
Hereafter hogs, sheep and goats will not be allowed to run at large.
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