Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 2, Number 3, September, 1992 Page: 175
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A Rock Island Reader
long. Verily the rattle of the hammer makes music in the air. ... Mr. M. Kaltenback,
the noted grape grower, writes from Galveston that he will be here in a few days
to begin the initiation in planting out an extensive vineyard upon the land recently
purchased a half mile from town. ... Thanks to the enterprise of Mr. John T. Eaton
a further supply of water on South Main street has been furnished by erecting a
large wind-mill and elevated cistern.... Mr. E. Boardman, late of Bee county, who
purchased a 160-acre farm from here a few months back, has arrived with his
family and will at once begin the erection of his buildings and making other
necessary improvements. ... Mr. Monroe Jeffries and Miss Flora Hart of this place
were married in our sister town, Vox Populi, last Sunday morning, returning here
the same evening. So far our people have had to go away from home to do their
banking and marrying, but one of our best citizens says this practice must be
discontinued. ... Mr. Jackson's new residence, which has just been completed,
on the corner opposite the Hotel Del Chalfrant, was dedicated with an enjoyable
hop last Friday night. ... The telephone circuit which touches at this place is said
to be in bad condition - the operators at the different stations cannot even hear
each other swear at the machine over the wires. Altair says they can hear the
R. I. man by the open air route, however, when certain atmospheric conditions
October 14, 1897 Rock Island Ripples: It seems that Rock Island is becoming a live stock shipping
center. The San Antonio and Aransas Pass railway has selected a site west of
town upon which they will erect a commodious stock-yards at once.
November 4, 1897 Rock Island Journal: A very decided advantage to the farmers settling in this
colony is that the Rock Island Land company invariably reserve from sale twenty
feet on each side of every section line thus leaving the country practically open
yet all in farms and fields.
Rock Island Journal: The Rock Island passenger depot is now completed and it
is a beauty as it is finished in first class style both outside and inside, and one
which we feel proud of.
November 18, 1897 Rock Island Journal: We are glad to learn that John White has been appointed
deputy sheriff at Rock Island. It is a good appointment.
December 2, 1897 Rock Island Journal: Altogether within the last 30 days fourteen cars of immigrant
freight and 113 persons have arrived in Rock Island from the north besides two
families from south on the coast.
Rock Island Ripples, November 28: A Baptist church with eleven members was
organized here last Sunday by Revs. Rabb and Schrum, who also held services
at night during the first part of the week. ... One of the most extensive excursions
of the season was brought in from Illinois by the Rock Island company's agent,
N. A. Baker, last Thursday. They had a train of cars fully decorated. Nearly all
of the families have settled on homes purchased in the colony from two to eight
miles from town. ... Druggist Sheely returned from Missouri lately and has his
new drug store building under headway. ... Mr. Weller, our local merchant, has
the foundation laid for a commodious business house. A dozen or so other
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