PROGRESS 99 - A Q-C CENTURY
Events that shaped us 



Edward Jones
1632 5th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265
309-797-3339

Downtown Davenport Association
102 S. Harrison St.
Davenport, IA 52801
319-322-6268

Donald J. McNeil, D.D.S.
1030 41st Street
Moline, IL 61265
309-762-2763

Valley Dental Center
Dr. Margarida R. Laub
Route 6, Coal Valley, IL
309-799-3000

Sylvan Learning Center
1035 Lincoln Road
Bettendorf, IA
319-359-1001

Marycrest International University
1607 W 12 St
Davenport, IA 52804
319-326-9512

St. Ambrose University
518 W Locust
Davenport, IA 52804
913-333-6000

Palmer College of Chiropractic
1000 Brady St
Davenport, IA 52803
319-884-5800

Augustana College
639 38 St
Rock Island, IL 61201
309-794-7473

H & R Block
1715 W Locust St
Davenport, IA 52804
319-326-3539

E & J
200 24 Ave
Rock Island, IL 61201
309-788-6341

American Institute of Commerce
1801 E Kimberly Rd
Davenport, IA 52807
319-355-3500
1-800-747-1035

Rock Island County Farm Bureau
1601 52 Ave
Moline, IL 61265
309-736-7432

Hempel Pipe and Supply
951 S Rolff St
Davenport, IA 52802
319-326-1694

McGladrey & Pullen, LLP
Certified Public Accountants and Consultants
220 North Main St Suite 900
Davenport, Ia 52801
319-326-5111

McGladrey & Pullen, LLP
Certified Public Accountants and Consultants
600 35 Ave
Moline, IL 61265
309-762-4040

RICCA
1607 John Deere Rd
East Moline, IL 61244
309-792-0292

John Deere Pavilion
1400 River Dr
Moline, IL 61265
309-765-1000

John Deere Store
1300 River Drive Suite 100
Moline, IL 61265
309-765-1007

Birdsell Chiropractic
1201 5th Ave
Moline, IL 61265
309-764-8821

Blades
2484 53 St
Bettendorf, IA 52722
319-332-4163

Blades
17th St and 5th Ave
Moline, IL 61265
309-764-5906

Lagomarcino's
2132 E 11 St
Davenport, IA
319-324-6137

Lagomarcino's
1422 5th Ave
Moline, IL 61265
309-764-1814

Teske Pet & Garden Center
2432 16 St
Moline, IL 61265
309-762-7575

Teske Pet & Garden Center
2395 Spruce Hills Dr
Bettendorf, IA 52722
319-355-7230

Moline Welding Inc
1801 2 Ave
Moline, IL 61265
309-764-3411

Barnett's House of Fireplaces
1620 5th Ave
Moline, IL 61265
309-762-8030

DeGreve Oil Change
2777 18 St
Bettendorf, IA 52722
319-441-2808

DeGreve Oil Change
3400 State St
Bettendorf, IA 52722
319-359-3333

DeGreve Oil Change
3900 N Pine
Davenport, IA
319-388-5233

DeGreve Oil change
2125 53 St
Moline, IL 61265
309-762-6980

DeGreve Oil Change
1618 38 St
Rock Island, IL 61201
309-786-9725

DeGreve Oil change
3560 N Brady St
Davenport, IA
319-386-0305

Floorcrafters
1305 5 Ave
Moline, IL 61265
309-762-9423

Pratt's Antiques
125 E Main St
Aledo, IL 61231
309-582-9019

Main St Antiques
114 E Main St
Aledo, IL 61231
309-582-2299

Conner Co
PO Box 888
East Moline, IL 61244
309-796-2120

Kimball Cleaners
308 SW 5th Ave
Aledo, IL 61231
309-582-7821

Williams Studio
New Windsor, IL 61465
309-667-2107


A Q-C century reviewed

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Quad-Citians who were alive then can tell you exactly where they were when they heard the news of the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, what they were doing when the first man walked on the moon in 1969 and what effect the flood of 1993 had on their lives.

The 20th century began quietly enough in the Quad-Cities.

In January 1900, local rivers and canals were freezing, and the important business of ice-cutting was getting under way. The opening of Rock Island's Cresent Bridge gave the area a second rail crossing across the Mississippi. Local government investigated bids from potential telephone franchises. The Secretary of War sought a $500,000 appropriation to modernize facilities at the Arsenal, and maximize its output.

Over the course of the next 99 years, Quad-Citians would be caught up in events that swept the nation -- two world wars, Prohibition and Depression.

They would marvel at the advance of powered flight from the sand dunes of North Carolina to the rocky expanses of the Sea of Tranquility.

They would fight the war in Vietnam, and debate the morality of the stuggle on the streets of the Quad-Cities.

Not all of the area's struggles were played out on the national stage.

The Quad-Cities endured a ``record'' flood in 1965, topped only by the ``record'' flood of 1993. The farm machinery manufacturing dynamo that was built over the first three-quarters of the century collapsed in the '70s, changing the economy and the identity of the Quad-Cities forever.

In their rebirth, the Quad-Cities have returned to the river. Gaming boats re-energized the communities, spawning the development of entertainment and tourist facilities along both shores.

The following is a timeline of major Quad-Cities events of the 20th century:

1902: East Moline incorporated as a village on Dec. 23.

1903: Leon (Bix) Beiderbecke is born in Davenport.

1904: 2,000 people gather in Rock Island's Market Square to see People's Power Co. demonstrate the new gas stove.

1907: Village of Silvis incorporated.

1908: The Velie Carriage Co. in Moline begins production of automobiles. It makes between 75,000 and 100,000 cars in 20 years.

1912: Rock Island buys first police motorcycle.

1914: Rock Island chapter of Rotary Club organized and Moline City Hall built.

1915: Tri-City Symphony organized.

1918: Employment at the Rock Island Arsenal reaches 13,400 by the end of World War I.

1919: Streetcar workers and telephone employees in Rock Island go on strike.

1922: WOC -- ``Wonders of Chiropractic'' -- radio is established in Davenport, the first radio station west of the Mississippi River and the first in the Tri-Cities.

1923: Servus Rubber opens for business.

1925: Gangster John Looney is convicted of the murder of saloon keeper Bill Gabel, bringing to an end an era of vice and lawlessness in Rock Island.

1926: Regularly scheduled air service begins at the Moline Airport, with mail flights to Chicago, Kansas City and Dallas.

1927: Black Hawk State Park established.

1928: Ground broken for Moline's Scottish Rite Cathedral.

1930: East Moline's new high school opens. Later renamed North Campus of United Township, it closed in 1991.

1931-33: Lock and Dam 15 built.

1934: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers moves into Clock Tower building on Arsenal Island.

1935: Memorial Bridge between Moline and Bettendorf dedicated.

1936: The average weekly wage for Moline power company employees is $38. Local trucking companies pay $12 per week.

1937: New armory opens on Rock Island riverfront and new Rock Island High School at 14th Street and 25th Avenue is dedicated.

1940: Rock Island Centennial Bridge opens July 12.

1943: Arsenal Courts completed in Rock Island.

1944: Employment at the Rock Island Arsenal reaches an all-time high of 18,675 during World War II.

1949: Alleman High School dedicated.

1954: The Rock Island post office is built in Spencer Square.

1955: Life magazine names Rock Island the ``All Amercian City.''

1957: Former Rock Island home of John and Susanne Hauberg is opened to the public as Hauberg Center.

1958: New Moline High School building opens.

1961: Augustana College celebrates centennial.

1965: The Mississippi River flood breaks records with a Rock Island crest of 22.48 feet on April 28.

1967: Modern Woodmen opens new building on Rock Island riverfront and Augustana Seminary moves to Chicago.

1968: Project NOW begins operations.

1969: The Small Newspaper Group of Kankakee purchased The Moline Dispatch.

1970: Rock Island flood wall constructed and Black Hawk College leaves old Moline High School building and moves to current campus.

1972: Franciscan Medical Center opens in Rock Island and Moline opens its new emergency center.

1974: Ground broken for Martin Luther King Center, Rock Island.

1976: Construction on Rock Island's downtown Great River Plaza begins.

1978: Villa de Chantal in Rock Island closes.

1979: Enclosed elevated walkway between Lutheran and Moline Public hospitals completed.

1980: Rock Island Lines ceases operations.

1984: Tenneco buys International Harvester and McCabes Department Store, Rock Island, closes.

1985: New Rock Island County Jail opens.

1986: The Small Newspaper Group, publishers of The Daily Dispatch, purchases The Rock Island Argus.

1986: Farmall plant in Rock Island closes.

1987: J I Case announces closing.

1991: Bettendorf's Diamond Lady and Davenport's President bring riverboat gambling to the Quad-Cities, both opening April 1.

1993: The Mississippi River sets a new record with a crest in the Quad-Cities of 22.63 feet on July 9 and the Mark of the Quad Cities opens.

1994: Montgomery Elevator sold to Kone Corp. of Finland.

1995: Lady Luck Casino drops anchor in Bettendorf.

1997: John Deere Commons opens in Moline.

1998: Quad-City Botanical Center opens in Rock Island and Moline celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Copyright 1999, Moline Dispatch Publishing Co.