PROGRESS 99 - A Q-C CENTURY
Where technology brought us 



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


Velie built planes, too


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From the Velie buggy to the Velie automobile to the Velie monocoupe, Willard Velie and his son Willard Jr. were instrumental in the early days of transportation. Their factory turned out the Monocoupe near what is now John Deere Commons along River Drive. This photo was taken at the Moline airport around 1927.

Photo courtesy of the Rock Island County Historical Society

Photo courtesy of the Rock Island County Historical Society

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In 1929 Phoebe Omlie set an altitude record above the Moline airport in a Velie Monocoupe manufactured in Moline.

Photo courtesy of the Rock Island County Historical Society
The Velie Monocoupe Airplane Co. in Moline couldn't keep up with orders for its award-winning airplane and engines.
W.L Velie, Moline's own automobile magnate from the early part of this century, was a man of many interests and talents.

His curiousity begot carriages, cars, and eventually, the Velie Monocoupe. In a 1972 article in The Dispatch, Joe Kimmel Jr., of the Quad City Airmen's Association, discussed the history of the only planes built in the Quad-Cities:

``In 1919 the Velie Motor Corp. designed and built the first six-cylinder valve-in-head motor. Velie later developed the famous five-cylinder radial aircraft engine which powered his renowned two-place Monocoupe. The first motors were rated at 62 hp. at 2,000 rpm.

``The first Monocoupe was flown by Rusty Campbell on April 1, 1927. Word of the Monocoupe closed-cabin comfort, responsive controls, speed and economy spread throughout the country.

``The first Velie M-5 engine was almost an exact copy of the Air Cat engine. It was rumored that the early Velie engines dropped so much cast iron on Moline's airport that Campbell, the manager, said he was ruining his mowers, and it was then that an improved Velie engine was introduced featuring aluminum cylinder heads and sodium valves.

``In 1928 at the National Air Races in Los Angeles, the Velie Monocoupe scored its first victory in close-course racing, and Verne Roberts and C.A. LaJotte won a number of speed events averaging just over 100 mph against competition flying aircraft with 90 to 100 hp. engines. Dealerships for the Monocoupe were in great demand, and planes were shipped from Moline by the carload.

``While things were going great with a new four-place Mono Coach planned, the Quad-Cities' great future in aircraft production came to an end with the sudden death of Velie. The family sold out the Velie firm to Allied Aviation Industries in St. Louis, and production was moved to that city in 1929.''

Copyright 1999, Moline Dispatch Publishing Co.