IOWA HISTORY PROJECT
Captain E. H. Thomas
Life On The Mississippi
Table of Contents
OLD BOATS AND OLD MASTERS AND PILOTS
THE STEAMBOAT COMPANIES
PILOT LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI
When Railroads killed River Business
THE IOWA AND CEDAR RIVERS
How Railroad Bridges Stopped the Steamboats--Incidents of Early River Traffic to the Interior of the State
OLD TIMES ON THE DES MOINES
NAVIGABLE THEN AND NAVIGABLE NOW
Capt. Feris the Only Person Now Living Who Knows the Whole Story
THE CRIMINAL CLASS ON BIG RIVER
The Workers Were Honest and Industrious
Floating Population that inhabited caves in bluffs, the Willow Islands and traveled in House Boats
SUPERSTITIONS OF RIVERMEN
Legend of the Three Horse Shoes-Sprinkling the Decks with Flour--
Consulting the Dream Book
FER AFLOAT THAN ON SHORE
LOSS OF LIFE ON RIVER STEAMERS
Boiler Explosions and Storms and the Havoc Caused by Them
BRIDGES MENACE TO NAVIGATION
Serious Work for the Pilots in Taking Boats Through the Bridges at Davenport, Burlington, Quincy and Hannibal
SOME MISTAKES OF RIVER PILOTS
When the Bluff Loomed up in Front
Perils of High Water when River Slopes both Ways From the Center
ASIATIC CHOLERA ON BIG RIVER
DEATHS AMONG ROUSTABOUTS AND DECK PASSENGERS
Bodies were Lashed to Boards, Loaded with Old Iron and Shoved Overboard.
GOLDEN DAYS ON THE RIVER
SUPPLYING SAW MILLS FROM DAVENPORT DOWN.
Manner of Joining Sections of the Raft Together--Pilot Life on the Big Stream.
IOWA RIVERS ARE NAVIGABLE
And congress should order the bridges opened
Navigation of Des Moines Regarded as a Legend
DARK DAYS FOR RIVER PILOTS
When the life went out of steam boating, They Waited Around the Landing, Hoping against Hope-driftwood
WELL KNOWN CHARACTERS:
WHEN LON BRYSON STRODE THE HURRICANE DECK
Capt Woodward, Steve McBride and Andy Pitts-Transporting Lead and Whiskey in Early Days
MYSTERY OF DUTCHMAN’S ISLAND
DISSAPPEARANCE OF WEALTHY GERMAN IMMIGRANT.
Large Fortune Buried Near Fort Madison -- The Pilots Association
of Long Ago.
RIVER HISTORY IN COMPILATION
STATE OF WISCONSIN LEADING IN THE WORK.
Collecting Great Quantities of Records and Photos-The Des Moines River is Navigable.
CRUISE OF A BANKRUPT STEAMER
CAPTAIN AND CLERK DESERT WITH ALL THE MONEY.
Pilots and Engineers Took Turns On the Roof--Old River Men Usually were Democrats
THE OLD WHITE COLLAR LINE
So named as a result of rivalry in dress
When Five Steamers Were aground at the Head of Rush Chute Bad Places Between Burlington and Skunk River.
RIVER HELPED DEFRAUD REVENUE
DISTILLERIES THAT ESCAPED THE GALLON TAX
Old Tax-Dodgers Now Gone to Their Reward. Straightening The Des Moines
THIRTY YEARS OF HIGH FREIGHT
A TREMENDOUS TAX ON THE PEOPLE’S RESOURCES
Downward revision of Freight Rates is needed-river improvement and Water Transportation is the Solution
RISE OF DIAMOND JO. REYNOLDS
COMMENCED BUSINESS IN DUBUQUE AS A GRAIN BUYER THEN MADE A FORTUNE SPECULATING IN WESTERN MINES -- WHY CAPTAIN SANDERSON WAS BURIED ON HICKORY ISLAND.
WHEN MONTROSE WAS A LIVE TOWN
LIGHTERING FREIGHT SHIPMENTS OVER LOWER RAPIDS.
Circus Gangs and Other Bad Men Who Were Beaten Up in the Attempt to Terrorize the Town.
EARLY FREIGHTING ON DES MOINES
OLD BILLS OF LADING BROUGHT IN EVIDENCE.
Only Bridges are in Way of Successful Navigation of Des Moines River Today
History of old Burris City
A RIVER LANDING THAT WAS BELOW HIGH WATER MARK
Once had a Hotel, newspaper, paved streets and many brick buildings up Against a River flood-Keokuk’s great failure
FAMOUS POEM RECITED BY HOBBS
Used At Temperance Meetings in Dallas City
Jim Bludso Legendary Hero of Old Steamboat Days- The Story of Bill Henderson. A Frenzied Financier
MAROONED WITH A PIRATE CREW
A Captain Kidd of the Upper Mississippi
Difficult--Navigation at Lime Kiln Crossing--Responsibility of the Engineers
DALLAS CITY ONCE INLAND TOWN
Political deal returned her to river map
Putting in Shore Protection at Ottumwa-Spooks that Rang Pilot Bells
SHIPPERS SHOULD STAND BY BOATS
The Secret of Building Up River Traffic
TONNAGE WANTED FOR THE BOATS
Shippers Hold Key To Situation
If Steamers do Not Receive Shipments, River Will Not be Used
RIVER TRAFFIC CAN BE RESTORED
Upper Mississippi Cities Should Act
The Great Advance of Cheap Water Transportation In Building Up Industries
IDEAL LOCATION FOR A CITY
BENCH LANDS ADJACENT TO RIVER AT LOMAX
CAPT. E. H. THOMAS Writes Concerning W. T. Love’s Great Enterprise-River Reminiscences
SHOULD IMPROVE RIVER LANDINGS
PRESENT CONDITIONS A DISGRACE TO TOWNS.
Great Possibilities inherent in the Des Moines River--Letter From Capt. Fred A. Bill
SLACK WATER NAVIGATION
The Upper Mississippi Fifty Years Hence
Beautifying The River Fronts To Be Taken in Hand by the Women’s Clubs
IOWA RIVERS SHOULD BE LEVEEIED
RECLAMATIONOF MANY THOUSNAD FRUITFUL ACRES
Shippers must Co-Operate in River Improvement-The Phantom Raft
HAWSHAW WAS A TERROR
Old -time Inspector of River Steamers
Comparisons between Ocean and river Regulations-Transportating Raft Crews
HEATHFULNESS OF THE RIVER
Atmosphere Over The Water Purifies Itself
Unique Suggestions For a Floating Sanitarium-Comment on Disasters On the Water
PROBLEM OF RIVER OVERFLOW
Reservoirs Most Rational Remedy
Excess Water Furnishes Opportunity for Lateral Canals to Carry Commerce.
ANDREW BURTON’S ADVENTURE
Led Relief Party that Rescued John C. Fremont
Afterward Built Ferry Boat at Nauvoo-More About Capt. Mose Hill.
SILAS HAIGHT WAS A PROFANE MAN
He Ran Steamer Countess in Burlington Trade.
Did No Loafing at the Landings But Hustled Up and Down Stream.
Steel Hull Now are Cheapest
When the Great River Was Covered With Boats
The Wolverton Brothers Built a Continuous Hull, Sawing It Off Where The Customer Directed
STEAMBOATS BURIED UNDER FARMS
A Wrecked Boat Buried Every Seven Miles from the Mouth of the Missouri Clear Up to Great Falls.
ON THE DES MOINES IN N THE ‘50’S
Paid for Herself in On Season Operating a Ferry Boat at Keithsburg
Chapter XLI (incomplete)
GOVERNMENT SUPERVISION GOOD.
Few Serious Accidents on the river
Severe Penalties for violations of the Marine Laws-
blessings of Marine Hospital System
A STEAMBOAT ON HENNEPIN
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