Local military history on display at Moline museum


Share
Posted Online: Jan. 03, 2013, 10:50 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
By Dawn Neuses dneuses@qconline.com
MOLINE — The military history of Rock Island County is on display in the Atkinson-Peek House museum in Moline.

Artifacts and showcased items date from the War of 1812 through the Korean War.

Bobbi Jackson, Rock Island County Historical Society archivist and executive director, said seeing the silver blade of a war sword or Civil War rifle, a button-tight uniform, the physical pack or cup carried through battle shows the weight the soldiers carried — not only physical weight, but the emotional weight.

"Rock Island County has a rich military history dating back to 1812," Ms. Jackson said. "We wanted to honor those who served and educate others about our history."

All items on display were donated to the museum, and most by local families, Ms. Jackson said.

The oldest artifact on display is a cannon ball from Campbell's Island, site of the Battle of Rock Island Rapids in the War of 1812.

The cannon ball, slightly larger than a softball, is almost black and weighs about eight pounds. It was donated to the museum by someone who dug it up on Campbell's Island, Ms. Jackson said.

She believes it's rather rare and the only one on display in the Quad-Cities.

Other items include a gunshot leather flask, powder horn, Civil War Union bayonet, a rifle used by a Confederate soldier, World War II Victory medals and a bugle believed to have been played at Gettysburg.

Cordova American Legion Post 1033 donated its collection to Rock Island County Historical Society when the post was closed, Ms. Jackson said. On display from the post is a hand-stitched flag with a wide-red border. Inside the border are blue stars, each with the name of a soldier. Two stars are yellow, symbolizing soldiers who did not make it home alive.

The display also includes a Civil War uniform, a World War I Red Cross cape and an Air Force uniform from the Korean War.

"It is good to honor our veterans, and we are trying to preserve our history," Ms. Jackson said.

The Atkinson-Peek House museum is adjacent to the historical society research library at 822 11th Ave.,Moline.The research library is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Anyone who wants to see the military history display can inquire in the research library, or tour it byappointment by calling (309) 764-8590.

Ms. Jackson said RICHS will accept and preserve historical items from any military event, including more recent wars. RICHS currently has no military artifacts past the Korean War.


















 




Local events heading








  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




(More History)