American Local History

AmericanLocalHistoryWebquest1  This is a word document and will be downloaded, open it and follow the directions.

Introductory Resources:

Quad Cities: Visit Quad Cities
http://www.visitquadcities.com/

Quad Cities: History
http://www.visitquadcities.com/content/historyf

Quad Cities Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
Museums and History
http://www.visitquadcities.com/page.php?pid=12

Guides and Self-Guided Tours
http://www.visitquadcities.com/content/guided-self-guided-tours

warvisiQuad Cities Visitor’s Guide 2013
http://epublishbyus.com/ebook/ebook?id=10029514#/0

Moline Preservation Society
http://www.molinepreservation.org/

Rock Island Historical Society
http://www.richs.cc/

Rock Island Preservation SocietyTours/Pictures:
http://www.rockislandpreservation.org/
Then click on the “Tours” tab and then the “PostCard” tab for different businesses, public buildings and other buildings.NYPL Research Library

NYPL Research Library. Historical encyclopedia of Illinois.
http://www.archive.org/stream/historicalencyclill02bate/historicalencyclill02bate_djvu.txt

Quad Cities Connections
http://www.quadcityconnections.com/site_page.php?page=10

These book are from the Library of Congress, which can be read online. On the left of the page, click pdf, read online, or full text.
Davenport, Rock Island and Moline Their Interest, Industrials, Institutions
https://archive.org/details/threecitiestheir00till

Three cities, and their industrial interests, with an historical and descriptive sketch of the national armory and arsenal, the location, manufacturing facilities, and business advantages of Davenport, Iowa, Rock Island and Moline, Illinois ..(1883)
https://archive.org/details/threecitiestheir00till_0

Quad Cities Times. “Forging Ahead”
http://qctimes.com/news/forging-ahead/article_df25fbe4-f144-5e28-a530-349a3a822df2.html

 

Industry and Technology

Plows:
John Deere
http://www.deere.com/wps/dcom/en_US/corporate/our_company/about_us/history/timeline/timeline.page?
Factory Tour of John Deere Harvester Works:  http://www.factorytoursusa.com/state/illinois/john-deere-harvester-works/
Tour of John Deere Pavilion
http://www.factorytoursusa.com/state/illinois/john-deere-pavilion/

Rock Island Plow Company: Buford and Mitchell
http://www.rockislandplowco.com/index.htm

Velie Carriage Company of Moline, IL:  http://p10.hostingprod.com/@veliepartsboard.com/buggy/buggys.html
Velie Motor Company:   http://p10.hostingprod.com/@veliepartsboard.com/mtvelie/Mtvelie2.html
Velie Engineering Compay of Moline, IL;  BiltWel Tractor:   http://www.rockislandplowco.com/index_files/OtherQCtractors.htm
Monocoupe Airplane:   http://p10.hostingprod.com/@veliepartsboard.com/planes/planes.html

Mills:
David B. Sears’ Lumber Mill
http://www.illinoisancestors.org/rockisland/molsearsindustyr.htm
Google Book:” Lumber and Forest Industry of the Northwest”h
http://www.rockislandpreservation.org/postcards-from-home/rock-river-dam/
The History Corner By Beth Carvey. David Sears House
http://www.blackhawkpark.org/History/David Sears House.pdf

Frederick Weyerhaeuser and Frederick Denkmann Lumber Mill:
http://www.nndb.com/people/566/000179029/
GERMAN IMMIGRANTS BUILT LUMBER EMPIRE IN THE QUAD
http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/27/v27i03p190-202.pdf
https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/dictionary/index.asp?action=view&term_id=2774&term_type_id=1&term_type_text=People&letter=W
http://www.riveraction.org/node/150

Bettendorf Axle Company – railroad truck side frames
http://www.figgeartmuseum.org/Figge-Art-Museum-(1)/January-2011-(1)/Crossing-the-Mississippi–The-Quad-Cities,-the-Rai.aspx

Davenport Besler Corporation (previously called the Davenport Locomotive Works) specialized in locomotives
http://www.figgeartmuseum.org/Figge-Art-Museum-(1)/January-2011-(1)/Crossing-the-Mississippi–The-Quad-Cities,-the-Rai.aspx

Inventions:
Vincent Hugo Bendix – inventor of the Bendix drive for electric starters
http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bl_vincent_bendix.htm

William Voss – inventor of the first washing machine (non-electric)
Davenport home of washers

Alexander Victor from Davenport, Iowa
Invented the first electric washing machine in the U. S.
Invented the Motion Picture Camera and Projector
http://www.visitquadcities.com/page.php?pid=178
Bio: http://victorian-cinema.net/victor

Otto Rhowedder
Invented sliced bread
http://web.mit.edu/invent/iow/rohwedder.html

The Bettendorf Brothers
http://mississippivalleytraveler.com/bettendorf/

Quirks and Fun Facts: http://www.visitquadcities.com/content/quirks-fun-facts

Made in the Quad-Cities:   http://www.visitquadcities.com/content/made-in-the-quad-cities

Transportation

Rivers:
Mississippi
http://www.illinoisancestors.org/rockisland/trivia.html
http://www.quadcities.com/about/history/
http://www.quadcities.com/about/mississippi-river/#
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenlund/7981546713/
http://www.johnweeks.com/river_mississippi/river_mississippi_18.html

Rock
http://pages.ripco.net/~jwn/rock.html#history

Dams:
Sear’s Dam
http://www.rockislandpreservation.org/postcards-from-home/rock-river-dam/
http://www.qconline.com/news/local/sears-power-dam-named-after-builder-who-put-rivers-to/article_363f3281-e8c1-5d39-bcca-321b44496e44.html?mode=jqm
http://www.rockislandpreservation.org/postcards-from-home/view-of-vandruff-island-from-black-hawk-tower/

Lock and Dam No. 15
http://www.rockislandpreservation.org/postcards-from-home/roller-dam-locks/
http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC4Z0ZW_worlds-largest-roller-dam?guid=55e9e947-ca1f-49c7-8511-fae140e3fbd7
Upper Mississippi River Nine-Foot Channel Project, Spanning the Upper Mississippi Riverfrom the tip of Arsenal Island between
Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois and Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. Lock and Dam Complex 15
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pnp/habshaer/il/il0500/il0551/data/il0551data.pdf

Bridges:
http://www.johnweeks.com/river_mississippi/river_mississippi_18.html

Railroad Bridge
http://www.riveraction.org/node/121
http://www.rockislandpreservation.org/postcards-from-home/government-bridge/

Crescent Bridge
http://www.rockislandpreservation.org/postcards-from-home/crescent-bridge/

Iowa-Illinois Memorial  Interstate 74 Bridge
Upper Mississippi Valley digital Image Archive
http://www.umvphotoarchive.org/cdm/search/collection/scdpl/searchterm/Iowa-Illinois%20Memorial%20Bridge%20(Bettendorf,%20Iowa-Moline,%20Ill.)/field/all/mode/exact/conn/and/cosuppress/
http://www.riveraction.org/node/162

Centennial Bridge: this pdf contains some history of what the land was like before the bridge was built.
Centennial ParkTour

Sylvan Bridge
http://www.rockislandpreservation.org/postcards-from-home/sylvan-bridge/

I-80 Bridge
http://www.johnweeks.com/river_mississippi/pagesB/umissB04.html

Railroads:
Horse Railways:
http://il-rockisland.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=1031
http://www.rockislandpreservation.org/postcards-from-home/tri-city-railway-car-barns/

Rock Island Lines:
http://www.loc.gov/item/98688630
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nebbes61/4363188436/in/photostream/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago,_Rock_Island_and_Pacific_Railroad
http://www.american-rails.com/chicago-rock-island-and-pacific.html

Steamboats:
J.W. Van Sant
http://iagenweb.org/history/rivers/VanSant_JW.htm
http://iagenweb.org/history/rivers/W_Blair/06Mar1932.htm

Ferry Boat
http://www.rockislandpreservation.org/postcards-from-home/ferry-t-j-robinson/

Highways:
http://www.iowahighways.org/highways/davenport.html

Discovering Historical Iowa Transportation Milestones
http://www.iowadot.gov/histbook.pdf

Quad Cities First
http://www.quadcitiesfirst.com/transportation/

Other Types:
Velie Carriage Company of Moline, IL:  http://p10.hostingprod.com/@veliepartsboard.com/buggy/buggys.html
Velie Motor Company:   http://p10.hostingprod.com/@veliepartsboard.com/mtvelie/Mtvelie2.html
Monocoupe Airplane:   http://p10.hostingprod.com/@veliepartsboard.com/planes/planes.html

 

Famous Moliners/Quad-Citians:

QC Online Famous People in the Quad Cities

NBC and ABC: The Guide to the NBC/ABC Duopolies in the Good Old US of A. By Mobile Pensacola Chung-Rather
http://books.google.com/books?id=RHS0tr-uby4C&pg=PA178&lpg=PA178&dq=who+were+the+founding+fathers+of+moline,+il&source=bl&ots=zu2R7gJE40&sig=SFWTG1ZaLE57JGBGtOzuUT62Kyk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_4d_U_ioIYOmyATPwoGQBA&ved=0CD8Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=who%20were%20the%20founding%20fathers%20of%20moline%2C%20il&f=false

Visit QuadCities  http://www.visitquadcities.com/content/famous-faces

David Sears
Biographical Sketch of David B. Sears

Bonnie Bartlett
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0058783/bio

Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/58804/Bix-Beiderbecke
http://www.pbs.org/jazz/biography/artist_id_beiderbecke_bix.htm

Mrs. Minnie Potter
http://www.qconline.com/news/local/argus-survived-potter-s-death-looney-attacks/article_4a4068a6-190b-55fd-8aeb-d67a5c42767b.html

Riverside Cemetery
Find A Grave: http://www.findagrave.com/php/famous.php?page=cem&FScemeteryid=107707

Chippiannock Cemetery
a book by Minda Powers-Douglas, have the main library order the book for you.

John Looney
http://www.rockislandpreservation.org/postcards-from-home/john-looney-riot/

http://qctimes.com/news/local/for-sale-former-home-of-notorious-gangster/article_0f332d26-a8e5-11df-b7a8-001cc4c03286.html

John Looney Legend Tour
http://www.rigov.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1122

The Times. Gangster John Looney: The rest of the story: Descendants of Ottawa-born gangster have avoided crime
http://www.mywebtimes.com/life/gangster-john-looney-the-rest-of-the-story-descendants-of/article_f7c0d24d-f0cf-5484-826b-9a55608acf40.html

FBI

List of people discussed in the book “Echoes from Riverside Cemetery Moline, Illinois” by Kathleen Seusy, Diann Moore,Curtis C. Roseman and Regena Schantz. This book can be checked out from the Moline High School Library. This site gives a summary of the book:  http://www.findagrave.com/php/famous.php?page=cem&FScemeteryid=107707

Videos at MHS Media Center:
Echoes from Riverside; gone, but not forgotten
Call #: VIDEO 977 ECH
Coordinated by Barbara Sandberg and Lloyd Efflandt.
Published 1995

Echoes from the past a walk through Riverside Cemetery II
Call #: VIDEO 977 ECH
Coordinated by Albert Zimmer and M. Kathleen Seusy.
Published 1995

 

Immigration or Migration:

Swedes
http://books.google.com/books?id=UUdhcePd4nYC&pg=PA29&lpg=PA29&dq=swedish+community+in+Moline,+IL&source=bl&ots=VoxUGu0fQ0&sig=2-KG9PumKfaHbZt4kj62anwnx4M&hl=en&sa=X&ei=pM9bU6rfFcX52AXzoIHYAw&ved=0CFQQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=swedish%20community%20in%20Moline%2C%20IL&f=false
Swedes in Moline, Illinois 1847 -2002 (book at Moline Public Library)
http://rivershare.polarislibrary.com/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=26.1033.0.0.1&type=Default&term=Swedes%20in%20Moline,%20Illinois%201847-2002&by=KW&sort=RELEVANCE&limit=TOM=*&query=&page=0

Belgian Center(Old Towne)
http://www.belgianmuseumquadcities.org/

German
http://gahc.org/about_us.htm

Floreciente
http://www.moline.il.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/410

 

New Deal:

CCC – Civil Conservation Corps
http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1586.html

Black Hawk State Park
http://www.blackhawkpark.org/History/CCC.html
http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM1Z7N_Black_Hawk_Lodge_and_State_Park_Rock_Island_Illinois

WPA Projects – Works Progress Administration
http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1599.html

QuadCities International Airport
http://www.qcairport.com/history.html

Centennial Bridge
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pnp/habshaer/ia/ia0400/ia0449/data/ia0449data.pdf

CWA – Civil Works Administration

Improved the Levee and retaining walls on the Mississippi near the Davenport Municipal Stadium
http://www.umvphotoarchive.org/cdm/search/searchterm/davenport!917%20west%202nd%20street,%20davenport,%20iowa!davenport%20(iowa)/field/all!creato!subjec/mode/any!all!all/conn/and!and!and/cosuppress/

PWA – Public Works Administration

Rock Island:  1 Hospital, 2 schools – Longfellow and Frances Willard
http://www.rigov.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1109

 

War/Rock Island Arsenal

http://www.arsenalhistoricalsociety.org/museum/museumhistory.html
http://ria150.army.mil/
http://www.library.illinois.edu/blog/digitizedbotw/2008/01/wars_greatest_workshop_rock_is_1.html
Rock Island Preservation Society
http://www.rockislandpreservation.org/category/postcards-from-home/infrastructure-arsenal-river/

Rock Island arsenal, in peace and in war  (flip book online or pdf found at top of page)
http://www.library.illinois.edu/blog/digitizedbotw/2008/01/wars_greatest_workshop_rock_is_1.html
citation info for this book at http://libsysdigi.library.uiuc.edu/oca/Books2007-06/rockislandarsena00till/

Weapons
War’s greatest workshop, Rock Island arsenal; historical, topographical and illustrative
http://archive.org/details/warsgreatestwork00arse
to the left “View the Book”  then “Read online”
http://www.library.illinois.edu/blog/digitizedbotw/2008/01/wars_greatest_workshop_rock_is_1.html

http://www.arsenalhistoricalsociety.org/museum/highlights.html

Civil War POW on Rock Island Arsenal
http://www.civilwarfamily.us/rock-island-prison.html
Quad Cities Civil War timeline
http://www.rockislandpreservation.org/postcards-from-home/arsenal-confederate-prison-camp/

Veterans
Local heroes:
http://qctimes.com/news/local/quad-cities-to-honor-vietnam-war-hero-sunday/article_38b9addc-d796-11e1-bdf6-0019bb2963f4.html
http://www.herostreetusa.org/
http://qctimes.com/news/local/hundreds-honor-fallen-hero-street-soldiers/article_f79c1426-a7a1-11e1-a8ed-001a4bcf887a.html
http://www.herostreetmovie.com/

Black Hawk War
http://www.blackhawkpark.org/History/Treaty_1804.html
https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/teachers/lessons/secondary/blackhawk.asp
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/black-hawk-war-begins

 

Pop Culture/Sports and Recreation:

Marando’s Supper Club
http://www.marandosrestaurant.com/patrons

Wharton Field House
http://www.moline1968.com/scrapbook/school/mhs-history.html

Browning
http://www.molinebc.org/browning.php
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nebbes61/4377336947/

Thorpe
http://www.qconline.com/sports/independents-gave-rock-island-a-taste-of-the-nfl/article_57258bf9-2986-51ce-8219-73080feecc35.html

Rock Island Independents
http://www.rockislandindependents.com/
http://rockislandindependents.com/index_home_files/place_in_history.htm
http://www.oldestlivingprofootball.com/jimthorpe.htm

Rolle Bolle
http://www.askaboutsports.com/rolle-bolle/
http://www.marshallindependent.com/page/content.detail/id/518173/An-education-in-rolle-bolle.html?nav=5022

From 1882 to 1927 the Watch Tower Amusement Park occupied the area that would become Black Hawk State Historic Site. Local businessman Bailey Davenport, president and superintendent of the Rock Island and Milan Steam Railway, developed the Watch Tower as a destination for his rail line.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nebbes61/4374212917/in/photostream/
http://www.rockislandpreservation.org/postcards-from-home/black-hawk-watch-tower-amusement-park/

 

Famous Visitors to QCA

Lindbergh
http://qconline.com/ask_us/ask_main.php?id=588
http://www.airporthotelguide.com/quad-city/airport-info.html
Quad City International Airport
Augustans College Special Collections

General John Pershing
http://qctimes.com/lifestyles/gen-pershing-gets-q-c-salute/article_864465da-50e5-5199-8727-df45f9c547fc.html

Lt. Robert E. Lee
Robert E Lee
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steamboats_of_the_Mississippi

Cary Grant
http://www.findadeath.com/Deceased/g/Cary%20Grant/caryupdated/caryheadlines.jpg
http://www.biography.com/people/cary-grant-9318103#later-films&awesm=~oCVVU4yThSlFAY

 

Primary Sources from Library of Congress:

Cartography:
http://www.loc.gov/resource/g4104m.pm001680/
Moline, IL 1869.
http://www.loc.gov/item/73693363
Moline, IL 1889.
http://www.loc.gov/item/75693217

Rock Island, IL 1889. Look for Sears Town.
http://www.loc.gov/item/75693217

 

Books Online:

John Deere’s “Farmer’s Pocket Companion”:
http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/h?ammem/eaa:@field(NUMBER+@band(ncdeaa+A0264))

Three cities and their industrial interests, with an historical and descriptive sketch of the national armory and arsenal, the location, manufacturing facilities, and business advantages of Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Moline, and Milan, Illinois–their commerce, population, schools, churches, and present condition
http://archive.org/details/threecitiestheir00till
This book can be viewed online (look to the left on the page).

Books at MHS Library

Echoes from Riverside Cemetery Moline, Illinois
[ Paperback ]
Call #: 920.009 SEU   Kathleen Seusy, Diann Moore, Curtis C.
Roseman, Regena Schantz. Published 2009

The Grand Excursion of 1854 : the East meets the West
[ Book ]
Call #: 973.577 REI   Rein, Gayle. Published 2003

The silence of eternity
[ Book ]
Call #: 977.33 EFF   Efflandt, Lloyd H. Published 1989

Grand excursions on the upper Mississippi River : places, landscapes, and regional identity after 1854    
[ Book ]
Call #: 977.02 ROS   edited by Curtis C. Roseman and Elizabeth M. Roseman. bur oak book Published 2004

Moline, a pictorial history
[ Book ]
Call #: 977.33 PIE   [collected] by Bess Pierce. Published 1981

Moline : city of mills
[ Book ]
Call #: 977.33 COL    Collins, David R. Images of America
Published 1998

My Moline : a young illegal immigrant dreams
[ Book ]
Call #: 977.3 CER    Cervantes, John R. Published 1986

Rock Island : all American city
[ Book ]
Call #: 977.3 COL   Collins, David R. Images of America
Published 1999

The river and the prairie : a history of the Quad-Cities, 1812-1960
[ Book ]
Call #: 977.33 ROB    Roba, William. Published 1986

Illinois; a history of the Prairie State,
[ Book ]
Call #: 977.3 HOW   Howard, Robert P. Published 1972

A time we remember : celebrating a century in our Quad Cities
[ Book ]
Call #: 977.76 WUN    Wundram, Bill. Published 1999

Quad cities, joined by a river
[ Book ]
Call #: 977.33 AND   Frederick I. Anderson, editor. Published 1982

Oh, my stars ! : a salute to Big Swede and May
[ Book ]
Call #: BIO CAR   Carlson, Kenneth G., 1944-  Published 2010

Pioneer plowmaker : a story about John Deere
[ Book ]
Call #: BIO DEE   Collins, David R. creative minds biography
Published 1990

Rock Island lines a grand excursion
[ Sound ]
Call #: CD 977.33 ROC    Roald D Tweet. Published 2003

Grand Excursion 2004 river exploration trunks.
[ Computer ]
Call #: PRO CS 977 GRA  Published 2003

Echoes from Riverside ; gone, but not forgotten a walk through Riverside Cemetery
[ Film/Video ]
Call #: VIDEO 977 ECH   Coordinated by Barbara Sandberg and Lloyd Efflandt. Published 1995

Echoes from the past a walk through Riverside Cemetery II
[ Film/Video ]
Call #: VIDEO 977 ECH    Coordinated by Albert Zimmer and M. Kathleen Seusy. Published 1995

Moline Preservation Society is celebrating Moline’s 150th anniversary.
[ Film/Video ]
Call #: VIDEO 977.33 MOL Published 1998

 

Museums/Historical Societies

Rock Island County Historical Society
822 11th Avenue
Moline, IL  61262
309-764-8590

Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House
1105 8th Street
Moline, IL  61265
309-743-2700

Augustana Historical Society
639 38th Street
Rock Island, IL  61201
309-794-7317

The Mississippi River Visitors Center
is located at Bldg 382 Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois. Rock Island Arsenal is located on Rodman Ave in Moline, Illinois.
Rock Island Arsenal Museum
Hours: Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
Location: Building 60, intersection of Rodman and Gillespie avenues, Arsenal Island
Requirements: Everyone 16 years and older must show identification at the gate and tell the guard their destination on the island (all ages welcome); vehicles are subject to search, and no pets are allowed.
How much: Free
Information: 309-782-5021 or ria150.army.mil

Hauberg Museum
1510 46th Avenue
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
(309) 788-9536
http://www.blackhawkpark.org/museum

The QuadCities Convention and Visitor Bureau
http://www.visitquadcities.com/

**RetroQuadCities (search Facebook for Retro Quad Cities)
**NOTE:  This is a Facebook site, so you cannot reach it at school, but it has several older pictures of the quad cities that have been uploaded by people from this area.

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