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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  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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