Rhoads House

1032 21st Street In 1902, Franklin K. Rhoads and his wife Frances retained local architect Leonard Drack to design a fine new home for their hillside lot at 1032 21st Street in Rock Island.  Actual construction was done by contractor Diedrick Hoehenboeken at a cost reported to be $5600.  A few years later, someone took … [ Continued

Mrs. Frank Robinson’s Residence

613 20th Street  Although the postcard identifies this house as belonging to Mrs. Frank Robinson, it began its life as the home of her in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Robinson.  Thomas J. Robinson was the subject of another postcard story about his namesake ferryboat.  We noted that stories about Mr. Robinson were not always … [ Continued

House at 1030 21st Street

1030 20th Street Because postcards showing houses are rare, we don’t do a lot of our research on these mostly private buildings.  Yet we are often asked, “How can I learn the history of my home?”   We’ll explain the process as we talk about today’s postcard – and later we’ll tell you how you can … [ Continued

Guyer House

728 21st Street This “Real Photo” postcard of the house at 728-21st Street is from the historical collection of the Rock Island Public library.  It was mailed by Anna, who lived here, to Aledo friend Amelia Anderson, to show her the extensively remodeled house.  In her note, postmarked 1911, Anna points out the windows of … [ Continued

Potter House

1906 7th Avenue  This postcard shows the familiar home on 7th Avenue in Rock Island that was the home of one of the most prominent business women in Rock Island history, Minnie Potter.  Minnie was only 32 and a mother of 3 when her husband, J.W. Potter died in 1898.  When the Potter family sold … [ Continued

Street View – 7th Avenue at 42nd Street

There was no caption on this Real Photo postcard found in the Augustana College Library Special Collections, but someone had handwritten a notation: “44th Street and 7th Avenue.”  Further investigation found the postcard scene was actually showing the southeast corner of 42nd Street and 7th Avenue, right across from today’s Longfellow School.  The school property … [ Continued

House at 1103 2nd Avenue

It’s a quiet street, a nice, tree-shaded street – and it could be anytown USA.  But this postcard is a view of 2nd Avenue looking east from 11th Street as it appeared at the turn of the 19th Century.  In some way, it’s a strange choice for a postcard –mostly trees and paving, it’s not … [ Continued

Ransom R. Cable Residence

918 Second Avenue  He was the son of one wealthy man, Hiram C. Cable, and the nephew of another, Philander Cable, yet Ransom R. Cable started his working life as a railroad conductor on what would become the Rock Island and Peoria (RI&P) Railroad.  Although the line went only as far as Coal Valley at … [ Continued