Davenport Democrat & Leader
Feb 22, 1931
Boats of The Pioneer Days On Upper River
Sinking of Craft and Loss of Life Not Uncommon In Olden Days
Capt. Walter Blair
The next aspirant in the trade was the Charles Rebstock, a very nice
and comfortable boat about the size of the Verne Swain. She was
built at St. Louis in 1880 for a wholesale liquor dealer to carry
his gods and his salesmen to the cities, towns and landings on the
lower Mississippi and its tributaries.
I never learned what was
the error in Mr. Rebstock’s plans, possibly the crew and their
friends got away with the stock; anyway, two or three years put an
end to that and she came up into the Davenport, Rock Island and
Clinton trade in charge of Capt. William Lumbeck, who was later on
the U. S. Boiler Inspector. Al Conger was clerk and I think H. A.
I am uncertain whether she was in the trade, more than one
season, but we know she burned at Cordova, Oct. 2, 1885 Capt. Van
Sant bought the wreck and salvaged the machinery, and I sold the
engine and all parts belonging to a man fitting out a ferryboat at
Cape Girardeau, Mo.
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