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I have typed "Davenport Past and Present "as written.  The only thing we have added is a surname Index divided by Chapter at the end of this book.  Cathy Labath and I have set up this book by chapters.  There will be a link on each chapter to that chapter when it is completed and uploaded.  Where there are pictures in the book - we have made a note.  The pictures will be located in the Pictures/Document section of the Scott County Site.  Following is the title page, preface and contents page.  We hope you enjoy reading the book.  We hope by our efforts Davenport Past and Present has helped you in some way. 

Cathy Labath and Debbie Gerischer


DAVENPORT PAST AND PRESENT

INCLUDING THE EARLY HISTORY

AND
PERSONAL AND ANECOOFAL REMINISCENCES OF DAVENPORT;

TOGETHER
WITH BIOGRAPHIES, LIKENESSES OF ITS PROMINENT MEN;
COMPENDIOUS ARTICLES UPON THE PHYSICAL, INDUSTRIAL, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CITY;
FULL STATISTICS OF EVERY DEPARTMENT OF NOTE OR INTEREST, AC.

BY
FRANC B. WILKIE
DAVENPORT PUBLISHING
HOUSE OF LUSE, LANE CO. , 1858


Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1858,
by FRANC B. WILKIE
In the Clerk's office of the U. S. District Court of Iowa.


 

PREFACE

________

 

As Prefaces are in style, it is well that one should be written for the present work, although the author may not have anything particular to say, but which might as well as not be said in the body of the work.  However, a few words may not be inappropriate.

The present work has been prepared under no ordinary difficulties - the data being in the first part of the work, such as were afforded by the memories of  "old settlers," no two of which ever agreed exactly in relating the same circumstance.  Often would the author get a glimpse of a promising fact or anecdote, and after diligently hunting it through the mazes of a half dozen memories, would discover it to be a jack o'latern; or after finding it, having it corroborated by the "mouths of two or three witnesses," and having it printed, he would be most positively assured by some one that the thing in question was either entirely wrong, or a fable.  However severe and disheartening the task has been, the author flatters himself that in almost every statement truth has been arrived at as near as is possible - for he has been careful in every case to get all the different versions, and to adopt the one having a majority in its favor.

There have been other difficulties no less arduous, and much more disagreeable.  In a work of this kind few are without an opinion as to what the book should contain, while not a few others are of course better judges of, and much more able (in their own opinion,) to write a book than the author.  In looking over the printed sheets, exceptions would be taken to this or that - one wished no anecdotes, another nothing else - a third wished simple statistics - a fourth wished it to build up this particular interest or depress that, or make it a prose song of adulation to some reining Jupiter in the financial Olympus of Davenport.  Others have ventured so far as to threaten to use their influence to suppress the work if it were not gotten up after a particular manner.  Appreciating the absurdity, as well as despising such coercive measures in book making, the author aimed only to write a book for the majority, and corresponding with its title, trusting opposition would die away when its authors appreciated either its futility or unreasonableness.

The author takes pleasure in acknowledging many obligations to Hon. G. C. R. Mitchell, G. L. Davenport, Esq., James Mckintosh, Esq., D. C. Eldredge Esq., Willard Barrows, Esq., Mrs. Goldsmith, of Rock Island, Antoine LeClaire, Capt. James May, and others, who have afforded him information in regard to the early settlement of Davenport.

We would acknowledge also indebtedness to Dr. C. C. Parry for the able article upon the geological character of Davenport, to Dr. T. J. Saunders for the article upon its Medical Topography, and Scott County Medical Society, to ADD H. Sanders, Esq., for a notice of Mr. Wild, the artist, and to various Clergymen for information in regard to their respective Churches.

Of the Future of Davenport, it has been thought best to spend no time in treating - a close perusal of the Past and the Present will at once indicate the future.

With a hope that Davenport Past and Present will meet with the approbation of the public to an extent commensurate with the labor of getting it up, the author leaves it.

     Davenport,  April 5th, 1858.

Pictures from Davenport Past and Present by Franc B. Wilkie

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I
"Past and Present" ~ pg 9
 
CHAPTER II
Saukees and Musquakees - Black Hawk - Character, &c - Treatied of 1804 - Successive Treaties - Spirit Cave on Rock Island ~ pg 13
 
CHAPTER III
Black Hawk Continued - Treaties - Removals - Invasions - Executive influence and Alarm Crossing the Mississippi - Stillman's Run - Retreat - Massacre at Bad Axe - Treaty - Close of Black Hawk's History ~ pg 20
 
CHAPTER IV
Meeting at Col Davenport's - Site of Davenport - Proprietors - Survey - Cost of Pioneer Enterprises - Anecdote of a Politician - First Ball - Religious Services - Rockingham - Postmaster Appointed ~ pg 32
 
CHAPTER V
Indian Duel-Col Taylor's Defeat in 1812-Fight between Sacs and Foxes and Pottowatomies - Burial of the Slain - Opening of River - First Marriage - Getty's Flouring Mill - Ferry Company - Jumping Claims - Intruder Expelled - Thrashing an Indian - Sacs and Foxes - Sioux Horse Thieves - Visit to Washington - Murder of an Indian at Moscow - Escape of Murderer - Population - Scott County Organized - Elections ~ pg 42
 
CHAPTER VI
Contest for County Seat - Newspaper Magniloquence - Death of Black Hawk - Old Burying Ground - Summary ~ pg 54
 
CHAPTER VII
Financial Condition of County - Militia - Territorial Council - Meetings - Town of Davenport Organized - Growth of Village - Navigation of Rock River - First Church Subscribers - Fire Department - Original Temperance Society - Schools - Death of W B Conway - Resolutions ~ pg 68
CHAPTER VIII
Close of 1839 - Missouri War - Financial Statement of year 1839 - New Election for County Seat - Result ~ pg 80
 
CHAPTER IX
1841 - Finances - The Village - Duel - Court House and Jail - Davenport Gaxette - Prince De Joinville - First Thing - 1842 - Temperance - Bank - Population - Judge Williams - Bible Society - Elections - 1843 - Churches - Elections - Major Wm Gordon - 1844 - Elections - Stage Lines - 1846 - Murder of Col Davenport - Indian Ceremony ~ pg 90
 
CHAPTER X
From 1846 to 1854 - Railroads - Rapids Convention - Growth of City, &c,&c ~ pg ~ 104
 
CHAPTER XI
Opening of Chicago and Rock Island Railroad - Bridge Opposition - Laying Corner Stone - Proceedings - Growth of City - Statistics, &c - Letter from W Barrows ~ pg 114
 
CHAPTER XII
Temperance - Taxable Property - August Election - Election of Gen Sargent - Inaugural Address - Improvements - Close of 1857 - History of "Past" finished - Editorial from Gazette ~ pg 125
 
CHAPTER XIII
Biography of Col Geo Davenport ~ pg 145
 
CHAPTER XIV
Biography of Antoine LeClaire ~ pg 167
 
CHAPTER XV
Biography of Geo L Davenport ~ pg 171
 
CHAPTER XVI
Biography of James Mackintosh ~ pg 173
 
CHAPTER XVII
Biography of G C R Mitchell ~ pg 181
 
CHAPTER XVIII
Biography of Willard Barrows ~ pg 183
 
CHAPTER XIX
Biography of James May ~ pg 193
 
CHAPTER XX
Biography of Chas Weston ~ pg 197
 
CHAPTER XXI
Biography of LeRoy Dodge ~ pg 201
 
CHAPTER XXII
Biography of Hiram Price ~ pg 203
 
CHAPTER XXIII
Pioneer Settlers Association, Festival, &c ~ pg 205
 
CHAPTER XXIV
Geological Sketch of the City of Davenport ~ pg 249
 
CHAPTER XXV
Medical Topography of Davenport~ pg 253
 
CHAPTER XXVI
Scott County Medical Society ~ pg 255
 
CHAPTER XXVII
Manufactures and Industrial Products ~ pg 257
Report of the Board of Trade, for 1857 ~ pg 270
 
CHAPTER XXVIII
Hotels ~ pg 277
 
CHAPTER XXIX
Religious ~ pg 282
 
CHAPTER XXX
Educational ~ pg 292
 
CHAPTER XXXI
Military ~ pg 303
Fire Department ~ pg 303
 
CHAPTER XXXII
Musical ~ pg 305
Artistic ~ pg 307
 
CHAPTER XXXIII
The Press ~ pg 311
 
CHAPTER XXXIV
Renevolent Orders - Masonic ~ pg 315
I. O. of O. F. ~ pg 316
Census ~ pg 319
List of Officers from the date of the first Charter to the present time ~ pg 326
City Vote, April, 1858 ~ pg 328
 
APPENDIX
 
ERRATA
 
SURNAME LIST
 

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