The Rock Island Preservation Commission recently designated the Levi Haverstick house at 544 23rd St., as the city's 41st landmark.
According to a city news release, the home was recognized for its connection to one of Rock Island's earliest newspaper publishers and editors, and for its intact Italianate style with heavily ornamented paired brackets, restored this year by Rock Island Economic GROWTH Corporation.
The cube-shaped brick home was built in 1869 and restored 143 years later by GROWTH, utilizing Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds.
According to Diane Oestreich, Levi Michael Haverstick moved to Rock Island County in 1866, when he bought the Rock Island Daily Union, and later was president of the Union Printing Company.
He built the home in anticipation of his wedding to Mary Emma Frantz in 1870.
Ms. Oestreich prepared the 17-page nomination and submitted it on behalf of the Broadway Historic District Association, with the consent and support of GROWTH.
GROWTH is the present owner. The home is in the Broadway National Register Historic District.
Today is Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Merry sleigh bells jingle in our streets in the wake of a driving northwest storm of snow and rain. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Thomas Campbell was elected commander of John Buford Post 243, Grand Army of the Republic. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Thomas B. Reidy was named consul of C.W. Hawes Camp No. 1550, and L.H. Eihl was named consul of Camp 29, Modern Woodmen of America. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island aldermen last night upheld the view of a petition signed by 150 businessmen that the city should not install parking meters. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Total volume during the Christmas mailing season may reach 12 million pieces in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Postmaster Carl J.L. Wessel. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The aromas filling the air at the Rock Island Lines depot in Rock Island soon will be prime rib and roast duck rather than sawdust and plaster. A tourist train will be offering dinner excursions in mid-February or early March, according to Dan Carmody, executive director of the Development Association of Rock Island.