Moline Preservation Society May Meeting


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Press release submitted by Diann Moore


Moline Preservation Society Program "River of Logs" presented by Gayle Rein, Tuesday May 28, 7PM Butterworth Center. Program is open to public.

In the last half of the nineteenth century tim-ber-r-r could be heard along the Upper Mississippi River as trees were cut and floated down the river to cities in Iowa and Illinois to be milled and used to build cities as the population moved west. Great wealth was created from this lumber. Gayle Rein will give a pictorial history of this time period in the last half of the nineteen century as fortunes were made as these logs floated down the river in rafts sometimes up to four acres in size.

Gayle Rein has an MA in English/Expository Writing from the University of Iowa. She was English Department Chair at Geneseo High School, retiring after 25 years of teaching college preparatory and AP English. She has taught composition and literature at Black Hawk College and at the Writing Lab at the University of Iowa. After retirement, Gayle did local history research and wrote a chapter about the logging and the log rafting industry in the 19th century for the book Grand Excursions on the Upper Mississippi edited by Curtis & Elizabeth Roseman. In 2004, Gayle Rein was a founding member of the Quad Cities Henry Farnam Dinner Committee and was one of two key speakers the 7th Annual Henry Farnam Dinner that celebrated the formation of the Weyerhaeuser & Denkmann Lumber Company. In 2007, she gave her presentation "River of Logs" to 90 members of the Weyerhaeuser family at their reunion in Davenport. River Action in Davenport has invited Gayle has been a part of River Action's summer educational series by giving talks aboard the Channel Cat Taxi about the history of the Quad-Cities sawmills.





















 



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1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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