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 Wednesday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.