Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 2, Number 3, September, 1992 Page: 177
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A Rock Island Reader
Rock Island Journal: Mr. Will Peterson, deputy postmaster, reports about a 50
per cent increase in business this quarter over last.
Rock Island Journal: Fifteen moving wagons from central Texas passed through
Rock Island last Wednesday morning about two o'clock, to settle south of town.
December 23, 1897 Rock Island Journal: The increase of Rock Island's population since this school
term commenced has so increased the scholastic population that the present
rooms and seating capacity will not accommodate them and many are turned
away, but additional arrangements will soon be made for them.
Marie Dots: The new post office at Rock Island is completed, and is a daisy.
December 30, 1897 Rock Island Journal: The writer having been born in Vermont and resided since
arriving at manhood in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nebraska and Texas, can
assure the reader that the health, climate, fertility and productiveness of the soil
of this locality for strawberries, pears, melons, cabbage, onions, cucumbers, per-
simmons, figs and other fruits and vegetables is far superior to any other place
or section that we know of, besides the above, field crops, such as cotton, corn,
oats, millet, sweet potatoes, etc., for which it is equal to any other country.
Besides the remarkable healthfulness of the place and climate, crops of some kind
can be and are raised and harvested every month in the year. While writing this,
December 2d, we have growing in our garden which was wild prairie grass last
May, several kinds of beans, from which we have been eating for three weeks,
summer squash from which we have already been using, onions from seed and
sets, cabbage, beets, peas which we have been using, splendid radishes a month
ago, mustard, turnips and cucumbers; on the 6th of November we set out twenty-
five feet square with strawberries which will give us abundance of fruit from
February 15 for two or three months. Lands are now cheap but are advancing all
the time as immigration is pouring in from Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana,
Arkansas and northern and central Texas.
Rock Island Ripples: The local gin still runs on nearly full time. ... The big road
grader is again put to work grading some of the outer streets. ... A good sprinkling
of prospectors continue to come in by nearly every train. ... The post office and
railroad office continue to report increasing business. ... Heavy shipments of
shade and fruit trees are being made to this part. ... A new telephone line is still
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