Moline reading planned for new Rock Island Line novel


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Posted Online: Dec. 06, 2012, 2:45 pm
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com
The Rock Island Line comes alive in a new novel, and excerpts of it will be read by the author at a free event at 2 p.m. Saturday at theRock Island County Historical Society, 822 11th Ave., Moline.

Author Michelle Dobbs will sign copies and read from her book, "The Rock Island Line: Conversations Over Chicken and Dumplings," published by Sugarfoot Publications.

The fictional but historically rooted African-American family saga comes from an old blues song and the eponymous railroad line that inspired it. Set in Rock Island, beginning in 1924, the Moore family story is told from the perspective of Lilly, a "willful daughter living a more or less idyllic life in the hard-working but prosperous Moore household," according to a synopsis.

Lilly is learning, in the heart of the Moore clan, the unique responsibilities they shoulder, both unwillingly and willingly for the good of the Rock Island Line that is her family legacy. "In finding peace with the settlers of the growing city and within herself, Lilly learns that love defies both color and class, and that families come in many packages," according to a description on amazon.com.

Ms. Dobbs' professional experience spans working as an educator, consultant, nonprofit executive, and entrepreneur. She lives in Milwaukee.

For more information, visit mmdobbs.com.



















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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