Business & Commercial

Hickey Brothers Store Number Five

Third Avenue & 18th Street  There’s an old saying, “shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations.”   In the case of the Hickey Brothers Cigar Stores, it took only a single generation … [ 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

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

Hollywood Supper Club

1825 Second Avenue The Hollywood Supper Club, under the ownership of Woodrow “Woody” Cather, was a landmark in downtown Rock Island for thirty years from the 1930s to the 1960s.  … [ Continued

Modern Woodmen of America Headquarters (County Office Building)

1504 3rd Avenue  The intersection of 15th Street and Third Avenue was a hubbub of building activity in the late 1890s.  Within a two month period in early 1897, a … [ Continued

Royal Neighbors Supreme Officee

230 16th Street For much of modern history, women’s organizations functioned as a subsidiary to a men’s organization.  And indeed this is the way the Royal Neighbors of America (RNA) … [ Continued