Postcards From Home

Rock Island Reservoir

15th Avenue & 24th Street It’s something we city folks take for granted – a twist of the wrist and pure clean water flows.  But that wasn’t always the case … [ Continued

United Presbyterian / Wayman AME Church

Third Avenue & 14th  Street  This is one of a series of postcards depicting local churches that was published by the Rock Island Postcard Company early in the twentieth century.  … [ Continued

People’s National Bank Building (Renaissance Building)

1729-31 2nd Avenue  This postcard dates from about 1906, and shows the four-story People’s National Bank, located on the northwest corner of 2nd Avenue at 18th Street.  Its publisher has … [ Continued

Hodgson’s Funeral Home (DeSilva House)

608 20th Street  The postcard identifies this large familiar home as the Hodgson Funeral Home.  That name tells us the card was published after 1941, when the Hodgson Mortuary moved … [ Continued

House at 1530 29 ½ Street

Massive oaks provide a background for this house that still stands at 1530 29 ½ Street.  Located in the appropriately named W.E. Bailey’s Oak Grove Addition, which was platted in … [ Continued

John Looney Riot

16th Street at Third Avenue  This column has often featured rare Real Photo postcards from the early 1900s.  Such postcards provide uncommon and unaltered views of historic Rock Island.  Their … [ Continued

Elks State Convention Parade -1913

 Second Avenue,  East from 15th Street There was celebrating in Rock Island on June 3-5, 1913, when hundreds of Elks from across Illinois came to their 10th Annual State Convention.  … [ Continued

Market Square – Farmers Congress

17th Street at Second Avenue  News coverage of the weeklong gathering of the 24th annual Farmers National Congress began on Saturday, October 6, 1906, when the Argus reported that downtown … [ Continued