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Davenport Times
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Saturday, Nov. 24, 1900


One of the Representative Wholesale Davenport Concerns.
     The August Steffen Dry Goods company, incorporated this year, but established in 1854 by August Steffen, Sr., deceased, is on of the representative wholesale dry goods houses in the city. The company occupies what is known as the Steffen block on the northwest corner of Second and Harrison streets, its floor space is 66 feet on Second street and 150 feet
on Harrison street, and the wholesale business takes up the lower floor and basement. Thus the company has 28,700 square feet of space or 9,900 square feet on each floor.
     The annex to the Steffen building on the east is 22x75 feet and contains three floors and a basement. In this annex the company occupies the two upper floors and basement, also thus giving an additional floor space of 4,950 square feet or 1,650 square feet on each floor or total space of 33,650 feet.
     The company employs nine traveling men whose territory covers South Dakota, Nebraska, the entire state of Iowa, western Illinois, southern Minnesota and part of Missouri.
     This firm is sole agent for the Hawkeye Manufacturing company for workingmen's clothing such as shirts, overalls, duck coats and jumpers. This might be called its specialty. However, dry goods and notions of all kinds, nothing shoddy, are handled by the company which has a reputation for its stock of dress goods, upon which it has always prided itself.
     The house having been established by the elder Steffen in 1854, it is in consequence the oldest dry goods house in this city with but one sole exception. The company also deals in furnishing goods and has made a record in the sales in this department during the past several years. Its place of business is technically known as 224-226-228 and 230 West Second street, but
is more generally known to the purchasing public as second and Harrison streets. New York office 335 Broadway represented by Thos. Howard, formerly of Davenport.
     Everybody knows Steffen's corner and everybody knows August E. Steffen who is the president and treasurer of the company and his brother-in-law B.F. Aufderheide, the vice-president. Rud Hauck [or Hanck] is the treasurer of the company. All are Davenport business men and have most praise worthy reputations in this city, where they are admired and respected by all who know them. The August Steffen Dry Goods Company takes pride in the fact that it is the largest house jobbing in dress goods in the state. Its patronage is evidenced by the fact that its nine traveling men are constantly on the
road. May its clientele never grow less and may the efforts of its worthy members be crowned with fortune in the near future.

Manufacturers and Dealers in All Kinds of Vehicles
     Two of the veteran carriage builders of the city compose the firm that operates as Tri-City Carriage Works established at 312 East Third street, Chas. P. Lathrop and Chas. P. Nicholas, composing the firm of Lathrop-Nicholas, were reared in the business and each has worked at carriage building for the past 20 years. Mr. Lathrop's father was in the business before him. These works have been established for two years.
     All kinds of light vehicles are manufactured including light delivery wagons. The firm expects soon to carry a full line of stock of the latest makes most of which will be its own. It will also handle the best makes of rubber tires and be able to furnish the people with them at less cost than they are sold by any other establishment in the city. This firm built the new wagon in Hose house No. One and it is the best now in any of the houses of the department. It is the first first fire wagon of modern style that has been constructed by any of the carriage workers of this city.
     Special attention is given also to repairing of all kinds. The firm has done considerable of this class of work during the past year and those who once patronize them become their regular customers. Their business is gradually expanding as a result of the first-class work they are turning out and their fair treatment of the public.

125 East Third Street-Phone 46.
     Cleanliness is next to Godliness and a man is often judged by the state of his linen. He may be incased in a suit of broadcloth and his other apparel according to the latest models of the fashion-plate, yet if he lives in Davenport and his linen does not bear the immaculate stamp of some first class laundry like that of the People's of which Crook Bros. are the
proprietors, he is not regarded as a well-dressed man.
     The People's Steam laundry moved into its new building furnished throughout with the most modern machinery adapted to the laundry business just one year ago. The list of its patrons has greatly increased since that time and it is now doing as much work in this line as any other large laundry in the state. It claims but one trade-mark and that is familiar to the people. "The Three B's"- biggest, best and busiest. This laundry makes a specialty of flat and family work, its equipment being particularly adapted to it. Sometime ago it became necessary to put in a new Mangle machine and this greatly facilitates the handling of this kind of work. This concern laundries large qualities of table-linen, giving to it a bright, glossy finish, same as new. Special attention is also given to lace curtains.
     Everybody in Davenport knows of the People's laundry and it is unnecessary to state that it has every adjunct required for perfect work. Its work speaks for itself, and in this connection it may be said the it never loses a customer, which is sufficient testimony of its superiority. It has branch offices at different points in the city for the convenience of its patrons, and laundry work of every description can be called for by its delivery wagons finished and delivered promptly and in the best possible

Manufacturers and Jobbers in Crackers and Candy
     The firm of Reimers & Fernald company is a household word in all parts of Eastern Iowa for it is in fact one of the most substantial firms of its kind in the state. This wholesale candy and cracker house has been for years one of the most prominent in this section. The business was founded by Capt. August Reimers in 1871 and in 1874 the firm of Reimers & Fernald was formed. This continued until 1894 when the business was incorporated under the name of Reimers & Fernald company.
     During all these years until 1889, the attention of the concern was devoted exclusively to the manufacture of candies, and it is the pioneer house in that particular in the city. It combined the cracker with its candy business Jan. 1, 1889 and it has done a large business in the manufacture of crackers from the very beginning. The Poetless brand is its specialty and the sales of this cracker have been something enormous. The large bulk of the company's trade is in all parts of Iowa and Illinois, and it makes
heavy shipments to points in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri.
     The products of this house, comprising as they do every variety of staple and fancy crackers and candies of superior excellence, has won for it a reputation unsurpassed by any other candy and cracker manufacturing concern that does business in Iowa. The management of this large establishment, which is located at 213-215 East Second street, are representative citizens of Davenport and are prominently identified with the growth and development of the industrial facilities of this city. The policy upon which this business has been conducted is such as to place it in the front rank of the trade, and the many advantages and inducements offered to dealers insure a continued prosperity for this old and well known house.

One of the Largest Wholesale Manufacturers of Cigars.

     Good things invariably attain good results. This is as true of the tobacco business as well as any other. One of the firms that has made a splendid reputation as manufacturer and dealers of leaf tobacco is that of J. Goos company, its goods are sold in all the middle and western states. It manufactures some of the finest brands of cigars that have ever been on the market in this vicinity.
     This business was established in 1892 by J. Goos and a short time after the management was changed and the J. Goos company was incorporated and the business was carried on from Jan. 1, 1900 under that name. The trade of the company has doubled during the past year and today it is one of the largest of any house of its kind west of Chicago.
     More of this concern's goods are being sold in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri and Colorado direct from the factory and through jobbers then sold in this way by any other factory.
     This company's principal sellers are all high grade goods. The specialties being the "Santa Fama" domestic cigars in five sizes, the "Fuma Cedaro" in clear Havana, 10 cent goods, and the "Supreme Nation Seed and Havana" cigars in four sizes. The nickel goods are the "Miota," Shop Smokers," and the Cuban Sister cigars. Any dealers not handling these goods can get them by writing to the factory, No. 264,  Fourth division of Iowa. The location of the factory is at 207-209 East Second street.
     The officers of the company are among the most enterprising and popular citizens of the city, the president being J. Goos, the vice president, W.W. Eberle, and the secretary and treasurer, J. L. Grieve. The manufacture of cigars has undergone great changes in the past few years and the factory that is going to sustain a good reputation for superior makes must be abreast of the time and be able to meet the demands of the public. During the time that this company has been in existence, nothing has come into its factory to be made into cigars but the best quality of domestic and Havana goods. The product of this factory is making it famous in all parts of the state and in other states to which it makes shipments.

Manufacturers of Rugs and Equipments for Their Production.

     One of the flourishing institutions of Davenport is that of the Economy Rug company manufacturers of handmade rugs from old carpets. This company employes more than 20 men the year round, and it has outgrown its quarters three times in the past two years and is now contemplating the erection of a commodious factory.
     This industry is comparatively new and people are just beginning to realize that old carpets which they considered worthless a few years ago, or at best something which would bring only a few cents at the junk dealers, can be converted into beautiful rugs and at only a fraction of the cost of anything else that could take the place of or compare favorably with their rugs.
     This company does not confine itself to plain work, or the manufacture of the hit-and-miss rag carpet effect produced by other rug concerns through out the country, but it does spotting, dado, border, circle and other design work.
     The factory is under the direct supervision of its founder, A.H. Fowler, a man who has had 20 years experience in the rug and carpet trade. His past experience has fitted him to utilize everything to the best possible advantage. Besides, he is an artist in designing and understands that branch of the business thoroughly.
     The Economy Rug company owes its success largely to the business methods it has followed from the beginning, thus gaining and retaining the confidence of the people. The company guarantees its customers that there will be no loss in the makeup of goods brought them, and it will give satisfaction. If the rugs turned out are not as represented, or for any reason are not satisfactory, patrons are not asked to pay for them, but on the other hand the firm will pay the patron for the old carpet used and a much higher price than could be realized from the junk dealer. It is able to do this because its rug, being a staple article, is in urgent and increasing demand.
     The company uses only its own special make of looms and machines for the manufacture of its rugs and owing to the great number of calls and letters of inquiry received relative to them it has decided to add another branch of the business, that of the manufacture of complete equipments for up to date plants, also, the manufacture of Main's rug display track, a device that bids fair to revolutionize the handling and sale of heavy rugs.
     The taking up cleaning and relaying of carpet is an important branch of the company's business. In fact, it in the only concern in the three cities making this a specialty, and employing an expert in this line the year round, and two and even as many as three in the rush season.

An Institution That Banks as a Leader in the Country.

     Davenport has reason to be proud of her splendid water plant, which since 1873 has been the pride of this vicinity. Today there is no such system in the world. The Czar sent one of his renowned engineers a few years ago to inspect it, and to especially investigate the system of filteration in use here. A recent letter from Mr. Simin, the Hessian expert engineer states that an experimental plant is ins operation in Moscow on lines similar to the Davenport filters.
     In 1872 Ex-Mayor Michael Donahue, father of our present Col. J.P. Donahue, associated with his brother Col. Peter Donahue of San Francisco, Cal., organized the Davenport Water Co. A franchise was secured from the city council and the pumping station was erected in East Davenport, the main building of which still remains.
     Without exception the system as it is today is the most complete in the world. It is not secondary to any other plant in this city neither to any of its manufacturing interests. No adequate words of praise may be spoken. The bare facts briefly told will suffice.
     Through a tunnel built below the bed of the river and extending to the channel the water flows into two large pump wells. This tunnel is located a bout a mile above the government bridge, and above any danger of local sewerage contamination. The current in the river at this point is seldom less than five miles an hour, travelling over rapids which produce aeration and natural purification. The pump wells are built of heavy masonry and are separated by a screen of heavy coarse mesh wire to screen off fish, bark, chips, leaves, etc. The suction of pumps are in these wells from which the water is pumped and by direct pressure through the filter plant to reservoir and city. Over these wells is located the gate house wherein are situated the gearings for the operation of the tunnel gates and the pumps for the removal of sand, etc. from the wells.
    The company in 1890 began an investigation which led to the erection of the filter plant through which the water from the wells is forced by direct pressure into the city mains and to the reservoir, or Pumping Station No. 2, situated upon the hill.
     This filter plant consists of 10 double filter shells seven and a half feet in diameter and thirty-two feet long built of mild homogenous steel of 60,000 pounds tensile strength and five eighths of an inch in thickness, testing to 200 pounds per square inch. The plant or rater the ten shells or tanks have a nominal capacity of 6,000,000 gallons per 24 hours, but an actual capacity of 7,500,000 gallons. This makes it the largest direct pressure mechanical filter plant in the world. There may be, it is true, larger settling basins, but nowhere a larger direct pressure mechanical filter.
     The battery of shells may be operated separately or collectively. Each "shell" or filter tank, is three-fourths full of white sea sand taken from Horn Island in the Gulf of Mexico. The sand is non-porous and admirably adapted for filteration. Each grain is clear cut, of even texture, and a perfect crystal. No microbes may become entangled between its pores and hence the sanitation of the water is perfect....
     ...The company is a most deserving one. It has treated fairly with the city, has always furnished an adequate fire pressure and an abundant water supply and is ever solicitous for its patrons and reasonable in its charges. It is officered as follows:
     President-F.H. Griggs.
     Vice President and Superintendent-T.N. Hooper
     Secretary- James P. Donahue.
     Its main offices are in the reconstructed Donahue building at 114 west Third street, while its pumping stations are at 1719 east Front street, and 1416 Ripley street.

Manufacturer of Paints and Dry Vermillion.

     One of the noted business enterprises of this city and one that has had a phenomenal growth since its inception is the works of the Sterns Paint Manufacturing Company. The works were established in 1880, the founder being W.C. Smith and W.P. Stearns. The present company was incorporated in 1888. The business occupies one of the largest brick buildings used for manufacturing in the city, it being 50 feet wide, 160 feet long and containing four stories, three of which are devoted to the production of paints, while the other is used as a storage and shipping room. The plant is located near the river, one block west of the government bridge, and only a few blocks from the different railroad depots, side track facilities.
     The company has large branch houses at St. Paul and Kansas City but all the product of the company is manufactured at the Davenport establishment. The branches, whoever, are kept well supplied. The principal products of the company are Stearns house paints and their sales have been increasing very rapidly in recent years. They have been in great demand in all the states from Minnesota to Texas and in all the western states. They may be said to have almost a continental reputation. The Stearns Paint Company also makes a specialty of implement paints. These are used very extensively by the large implement manufacturing establishments of Davenport, Rock Island and Moline and other implement producing centers. This house pays special attention to the manufacture of dry vermillion, largely used by the implement concerns of this vicinity.
     Walter Chambers is president of the company, M.L. Marks, vice-president, W.E.Pheris, secretary and manager and L. Johnson, superintendent. Mr. Pheris has been connected with the concern for the past 15 years and is thoroughly familiar with every detail of the business. The fact that this house has become one of the foremost paint manufacturing plants of the country, is due to a great extent to his conservative  and judicial management, and the particularly personal interest he has shown at all time in the process of the institution. The business of the company has increased so in the past four years as to naturally necessitate an enlargement of its working force and today it employs from 45 to 60 men in its various departments. An exclusive wholesale jobbing trade is carried on and the paints, which are the most durable in the world, are put up in every conceivable shade and color, already mixed and prepared for the painter's brush. Thus it will be seen that the saving of time and labor is a big thing and this recommendation is further strengthened by the fact that the cost over the old method of buying paint is scarcely noticeable. Taken as a whole, the Stearns Paint works is a model establishment of its kind, possessing every equipment for modern convenience in the manufacture of paints and with its skilled employes and efficient management, it has become one of the leading paint manufacturing concerns of the west.

Manufacturers of All Kinds of First Class Ladders.

     Davenport claims the credit of having one of the best ladder manufacturing establishment in this vicinity and the trade which it enjoys fully justifies the statement that no better ladders are made by any other concern now in that business, and not as good in many particulars than those turned out by the Davenport Ladder company. It manufactures all kinds of ladders, except poor ones. It turns out only the best. It makes ladders suitable for carpenters, painters, farmers, fire departments, etc. Extension ladders, single ladders, step ladders and trestles are gotten out in the best of shape and their endurance is one of the best testimonials of their manufacture.
     The company's very best ladders in fact, the best known, are made from New England spruce and they are sold in the west only by this company. The pine ladders it manufactures are made from carefully selected Norway pine while the extension ladders are made from choice straight-grained spruce or Norway pine with hickory rungs and trimming of the best malleable iron. Their spruce ladders are the only ladders made with iron rollers in the upper section, which assists the top in rolling up over siding or other projections. With the roller improvements one man can handle a 40-foot spruce ladder with case. Ladders are sold singly or in carload lots and the prices are low for first-class goods.

Bookbinders, Manufacturers of Blank Books and Job Printers.

     No business is built up in a day, but the results of perseverance and pluck are bound to tell in a short time and that is what has marked the business of Wunder Bros. bookbinders, blank book manufacturers and job printers, No. 120 1/2 Harrison street. These brothers, W.J. and John G.A. Wunder, began business for themselves a few years ago and they have added to the facilities they had at the start until today they have one of the best patronized of the small bookbinding and blank book manufacturing plants in the tri-cities.
     The Wunder Brothers are young men, but they have spend a number of years in the work in which they are now engaged. They manufacture all kinds and sizes of blank books, from the pocket size to the largest size needed in mercantile establishments. They use only the best stock in all the work they turn out. Prompt filling of orders has always been their custom. Their specialties are Wunder's petit ledgers, shipping books and combined revolving hotel register and desk. Everything in the line of job work, such as special ruled stationery, order blanks, etc. is done in a thorough and practical manner. Special attention is given to the binding of magazine and periodicals.
     The enterprising establishment has become permanently identified with the commercial interests of Davenport. If its business continues to increase as it has during the past eight months, it will not be long before larger quarters will be required for it.
     Why send your fine art binding work outside of the city to be done when Wunder Bros. are thoroughly equipped and experienced in such work.

Wholesalers and Jobbers in Hardware and Paints and Oils.

     There is no gauge that so plainly indicates the advantages and resources of a manufacturing locality as its operations in and demands for iron, steel, metals and hardware which may invariably be taken as a true index of its industrial standing. The growth of great houses supplying these demands is also a sure indication that the demand exists, and while Iowa possesses a number of extensive enterprises devoted to this trade, Davenport is entitled to the credit of being the home of one of the largest, most extensive and exclusive wholesale hardware houses of them all-the Sickels, Preston, Nutting company.
     This institution whose trade facilities and business ramifications are of a metropolitan order dates back to the middle of the century, for it was in 1850 that it was founded by Sickels and Preston. After a continued existence of 45 years under this firm name during the latter part of which the active management of the house was in charge of Colonel J.R. Nutting, the business of the institution has expanded until today it is one of the largest wholesale hardware houses in the west. From the time that Colonel Nutting entered the employ of the house in 1864, as a clerk or it might be stated form the beginning its honorable history has been an unbroken record of progress, and at the present time its trade is being extended in every direction. Today, the Sickels, Preston, Nutting company of Davenport with its branch house is the Sickels and Nutting company No. 35 Barclay street. New York city is among the foremost in the control of trade employed by Iowa wholesale hardware dealers.
     The Sickels, Preston, Nutting company employs a large number of traveling representatives, and all Iowa is covered besides northern Missouri, southern Minnesota and western Illinois. The various floors of this large establishment and its special warehouse are filled with everything known to the hardware trade- shelf hardware, fine cutlery, paints, oils, tools, coach, saddlery and carriage hardware, varnishes, guns, ammunition, loaded shells, etc. Tinners' supplies, metal roofings, binder twine, ropes and cordage are all handled extensively also by this firm.

Fine Bank and Office Stationery-Color Lithography

     The Tri-City Lithographing Company is a new institution recently started here that should have the consideration of every user of fine stationery in the three cities. They are more than a new concern, as the Iowa Lithographing Company, of Des Moines, are deeply interested and the two institutions work in harmony to the great benefit of one here.
     Outside of this some of the local stockholders are Chas. Pasche, Aug. E. Steffen, F.H. Griggs, C.N. Newcomb and E. Zoller.
     The machinery is the very latest design, the press being of an extra large size.
     Mr. G.H. Blanchard, of Des Moines, is a large stockholder and did the organizing and equipping of the plant. Mr. E.C. Knight has had wide experience in the business and comes from St. Louis to take charge of the inside work. The present quarters have been completely equipped with all of the conveniences necessary to perfect execution of the work, but with a continuation of the present encouraging prospects, a new building will not be a distant consideration.
     As the name signifies they make a specialty of lithographing which covers both color work and fine bank and office stationery.
     The three cities have long been in need of an institution of this kind and now that one has come without bonus or expectation of reward outside of just business dealings, it is to be hoped that users of their product will give them the opportunity for securing orders that they deserve.

Wholesale Fruits and Produce.

     A business concern which was established in this city a quarter of a century ago and which has gradually grown with the city's other mercantile lines, is the wholesale fruit and produce house of the Martin-Woods company. This is one of the largest houses of the kind in the state and one of the best managed in the west.
     The business was established in 1875 by M.D. Huggins, and the Martin-Woods company succeeded him in 1884, occupying the Fejervary building on Second street between Perry and Brady, for 11 years. During all this time the business increased in volume, the need of larger and better cold storage facilities became apparent as well as more roomy quarters for the general transaction of business. So five years ago the company built its own plant, its present quarters at 113 and 115 Perry street. and there it has carried on an extensive trade in the handling of fruit and produce since. The structure covers an area of 72x140 feet, is three stories high, and has a basement. The house is equipped with the very best facilities for cold storage and it has a capacity for eight or ten cars.
     The fruit business of the Martin-Woods company has assumed proportions in recent years, and the trade of the house is not excelled in quantity and quality of goods shipped by any other wholesale fruit and produce house in Iowa. This company may be said to be the pioneer shippers of Michigan peaches direct from the field into this state. It has shipped as high as 160 carloads in a season,and every...[cannot read rest of paragraph].
     This house handles all kinds of California fruit, and every known fruit of the south. it handles strawberries by the carload and makes a specialty of packing apples. It is one of the busiest houses in the west employing at different times from 25 to 35 persons, all of whom are thoroughly informed as to the details of the business in their respective departments. A large number of the employes of the house have been with it from the beginning. Besides supplying most of the retail trade of the cities of Moline, Rock Island and Davenport, shipments are made to all points in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.
    The Martin-Woods company began business in a small way, but like every other business conducted upon lines of honesty and fair dealing, it has been the recipient of a large and well-deserved patronage from the public and the present proportions of the big establishment attest its rapid growth. It is one of the most substantial commission and wholesale fruit produce concerns in this section.

Merchant Tailor, 307 West Third Street.

     High art tailoring. For a city of its size, Davenport can boast of the best dressed men in the state. This fact speaks volumes for our tailoring establishments and is the best possible recommendation of their work. The establishment of Mr. Shake, who by the way, is a graduate of Mitchell's of New York, began business in 1888,and has now one of the best equipped plants in the city and by his superior workmanship, has made a reputation that is bound to stand the test of time for many years to come. He buys his stock direct from the eastern markets and employs only the best assistance and with his practical experience and good judgment as a safeguard he is prepared to satisfactorily fill the wants of the trade from his large and up-to-date stock of fall, and winter woolens, consisting of the finest foreign and domestic fabrics. he sells nothing that cannot be conscientiously recommended and his reputation already established will justify us in saying that any one wishing to purchase a tailor-made suit, trousers or overcoat will find at Mr. Schake's place one of the largest and best stocks in the city to select from and in the reach of all who wish to be well dressed.

One of the Oldest Firms in Eastern Iowa.

    There are many elements that enter into the progress and development of a city, but it is safe to say that the concerns that have for their purpose the extension of the reality interests of a community are the most substantial contributors to its welfare; for, as we are told by the political economists, lands are the basis of all property-the fountain head from which all other material interests flow.
     Davenport, within recent years, by reason of its unexcelled advantages, has become one of the most prominent cities of this section. Many of its business establishments have assumed large proportions. The city's location, the establishment of varied industries,  its railway facilities and the work shops of the government at Rock Island arsenal, at our very door, has naturally made it an inducement for people to locate here and the increased scope given to the city has enhanced the importance of realty movements, and placed the trade of city property second to no other class of business.
     Prominent in this particular line is the firm of Jno. Ochs' Sons, one that has been doing business uninterruptedly, in this city for the past 46 years. The business was established by John Ochs, one of the early settlers of this vicinity, in 1854. He conducted a real estate office in Davenport for a quarter of a century more , when he was succeeded by his sons, Louis A., and Joseph, men who are in touch with the commercial pulse of the city and have measured its progress as no other men who have been engaged in the handling of real estate in this locality for the past 20 years. They are the owners of more vacant lots than any other real estate firm in Davenport, and they are the sole handlers of the city's best additions and the cheapest lots. The firm of Jno. Ochs' Sons has negotiated sales in Davenport during the past year aggregating more money than has been made by any other real estate firm in property in cities of eastern Iowa.
     The firm was established for the purpose of providing men of modest means with homes, and it is making a proposition to respective purchasers, which is characterized by a liberality that is commendable and worthy of careful note. The office of the firm is located at 126 Main street.

Manufacturers and Jobbers of Glass and Paints.

     An institution which has had a remarkable growth since it was established in Davenport, and which is today regarded as one of the great interests of the city, is the Pittsburg Plate Glass company. The house was established here as something of an experiment about four or five years ago and the business it has done since that time warrants the statement that it has become one of the permanent business enterprises of this vicinity, it has been under the best sort of management from the very beginning and this has probably been the chief reason for the remarkable success that has characterized its business.
     It is now the heaviest dealer in plate glass in the country west of Chicago and there is nothing in even that city in the line of plate glass that excels the quality turned out by this factory. This house here also makes a specialty of art glass, which it manufactures, and it has recently secured some of the largest contracts that have ever been let in this section. The company purchased the paint business of the Jas. E. Patton company of Milwaukee, but a short time ago, and it will from this time forth carry a full line of paints and painters' sundries in addition to its glass products. The paints will be manufactured at the Milwaukee house and each branch of the company will carry a fall line.
     The manager of the Davenport house is F.W. Currier. He has been here for the past few months but he has had an extensive experience in the business having grown up with the concern. He was assistant local manager of the Minneapolis house for a number of years and he is perhaps one of the best posted young men in the company's employ. This house shops as far west as Creston, Ia., and its territory east of here covers a small portion of Illinois. The Pittsburg company makes it an object to fill all orders promptly and to furnish the lowest freight rates to its customers. A trip through the factory here reveals the magnitude of the company's work for skilled mechanics are to bee seen busily engaged daily in preparing art glass, doing beveling and silvering while others are employed in the manufacture of mirrors.
     This concern has furnished the art glass in nearly all the fine residences that have gone up in Iowa in the past few years as well as having furnished the plat glass for most of the large business buildings that have been constructed within several hundred miles of this place during this same period.
     The Pittsburg Plate Glass company has about a dozen manufacturing plants in the states of Pennsylvania and Indiana and at a few other points in the country besides Davenport, and besides its warehouse here it has extensive warehouses in the cities of Boston, New York, Cincinnati, St.Louis, Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit and Philadelphia.
     The business of the company here is located on Scott street on the west side, opposite the court house and it has splendid switching facilities whereby it is enabled to ship any quantity of its product on short notice. There is now no better known industry in this part of the state than the local plant of the Pittsburg Plate Glass company and the good reputation and extensive trade it enjoys is due to its wise management and fair dealing with the public.

119 West Second Street

     It is no more than natural that a city like Davenport whose people take a great interest in art and its development, whose love of home, literature, music and the sciences have been enhanced form year to year by the beauty of its surroundings and commercial advantages should have in its midst men of high merit in their special callings. Brandt Bros. who have been located at 119 West Second street for a number of years, have done much as exponents of the art of photography, to arouse the interest of the people in this vicinity in that business, for they have turned out some of the finest photographic work that has ever been seen here. They are familiar with the latest processes known to the art, and as artists who fully understand the matter of producing the desirable effects and details of finish, they may be equalled, but they cannot be surpassed.
     Theirs is a model establishment and that long years of experience and progress on their part has gained for them the esteem and confidence of the public is evidenced by the continually increased patronage of the same. They spare no pain nor expense in perfecting their work and they are ever painstaking in producing good reproductions. They have been very successful in the taking of babies and children's pictures and at all times exercise great patience in posing the little ones.
     The studio is fitted up with every accessory for the faithful production of photographs, all of which are of the highest standard grade. Special attention is also given to the copying of small pictures to life-size portraits, and this work in water colors, crayons, pastels, etc. has given them a reputation throughout all this vicinity and specimens of their work are to be found in many homes in different parts of the state. This firm is very busy at the present time, but after Christmas it is their intention to make great improvements in their studio and be prepared to carry on the business on a more extensive scale. There is no more artistic work turned out by any other photograph gallery in this community. The public is invited to inspect their work at any time. Their prices are reasonable.

A Firm Which Handles Many of the Celebrated Pianos.

     The Schlegel-McNevin Piano Company located in the McCullough building at 122 and 124 west Third is probably, while not the oldest one of the most most representative in the city. Mr. Christ W. Schlegel, and old newspaper man and therefore the "fidus acitates" of the public, is its chief proprietor, while with him is associated Thomas H. McNevin, a respectable and accomplished gentleman. Hence the firm is every day growing in favor and its future is assured. Mr. Schlegel has been for years a resident of this city, and has been associated with several newspapers in Davenport, lately with the H. Lischer Printing Co., publishers of the Demokrat. He is well known and is a gentleman whom it is a pleasure to meet, and with whom acquaintanceship is an enjoyment.
     Thomas H. McNevin is a Rock Islander, who is the senior member of the confectioners firm of McNevin & Gansert. He is highly regarded as a successful business man and is tireless in the prosecution of the interests of his patrons both in his Rock Island and Davenport business.
     The firm handles the following celebrated pianos-Julius Bauer & Sons; Needham; Steger & Sons; Singer; Schaeffer and the Crown & Angelius. Its specialties are the high grade professional violins which are imported and warranted to be hand, not machine made, as also graduated mandolins and guitars. Fine violin cello, guitar, mandolin banjo, zither and harp strings constantly are kept on hand as also everything in small goods.
     Sheet music is its specialty. The largest stock of popular, instrumental and vocal music is theirs, and sheet music for concerts, etc. will be found in their well appointed emporium.
     The firm has one of the largest stocks to select from which has ever been carried in Davenport. Their pianos are in all kinds of woods and styles of finish. Good and warranted pianos may be had from $225 and upwards. No trickery nor mis-representations will be resorted to, tolerated nor permitted. Reliable and honorable dealings and methods are the rule from which there has been, nor will be, no deviation. The gentlemen composing the firm are sufficient warrant for the truth of this statement. Goods are what they are represented to be and there is no shoddiness to be found among the stock.
     The firm also does repairing and expert piano tuning. Telephone number 455.

Otto H. Lahrmann, Prop.

     There is no better known man in all Davenport than Otto Lahrmann. He is one of the city's best citizens and one of its most progressive and successful businessmen. For years he was connected with one of the wholesale hardware establishments of this place and for a time was the manager of Turner hall. He became the proprietor of "Unter Den Linden" at the southeast corner of Scott and Third street, four years ago, and his restaurant, refreshment and dining-room facility, together with the courteous treatment accorded all patrons has made his place one of the popular resorts of the public. His dining-room service is excellent and special attention is given to the serving of evening or theater parties.
     There is probably no similar place in the city that is better equipped than "Unter Den Linden" and its popularity is due in large measure to the fact that everything is carried on in a thoroughly business-like manner. He is prepared to serve large evening, or short theater parties in the best of style on short notice, and the satisfactory business he has done in this line since he became established there is sufficient evidence of a growing patronage in this particular in the future. The dining-rooms are well arranged and the surroundings are such as to make it devoid of that publicity which is characteristic of so many restaurants or cafes. Considerable is to be done by Mr. Lahrmann in the way of improvements so as to make the accommodations in this regard the best to be had, for it is his intention to cater to the best class of people and in this way sustain and promote the good reputation his business has gained since it was established. During the theater season quite a number of parties from the tri-cities have taken advantage of the dining-room accommodations of "Unter Den Linden" and this class of patronage will continue to increase as it never has before.

Manufacturers of Ice Cream and Dealers in Butter, Eggs and Cheese

     There are probably no more enterprising young business men in Davenport than the members of the firm of Prinz & Larmore. Chas. Prinz and G.T. Larmore were reared on farms. The depot which they have established here for ice cream, milk and cream, butter, eggs and cheese is the most extensive of its kind in Davenport.
     This firm carries on a wholesale and retail business and during the past two years it has shipped ice cream to all points in this immediate part of the state and to a number of towns quite distant. Owing to the increase in their ice cream trade, the firm has specially engaged a highly salaried expert ice cream maker from Horton's of New York city, the largest ice cream manufacturing plant in the world, and it is now in a position to fill all orders promptly both plain and fancy.
     The milk and cream used and handled by this firm is from its own dairy, composing more than 100 high grade milk producers, well fed and properly cared for. Both Mr. Prinz and Mr. Larmore have spent most of their lives thus far in the dairy business and they understand the needs of the public in this line. They have very large sales of domestic and foreign cheese, all grades and they are shipping constantly to various points in this state and Illinois. The Prinz and Larmore depot is located at 508-510 West Third street. Long distance phone 789.

One of the Leading Hat and Men's Furnishing Stores

     Among the business houses that have been recently added to our city none probably has received more attention at the hands of the public than the one under the management of Jos. Jacobs, at 224-226 Brady street. Coming to our city as a stranger he has in the space of a few months succeeded in establishing a fine trade in his line of men's furnishings and hats. The large plate glass windows which form the front of his store are at all times tastefully decorated with the latest novelties in neckwear, shirts and hosiery and other articles usually found in a modern and up-to-date furnishing store.
     On the interior the display is in keeping with the standard of the show windows, showing to advantage the varied assortment of holiday novelties such as bath robes, smoking jackets, family night robes, etc.
     Making shirts to order has been one of the successful ventures of this new firm and with the regular stock which is always complete, his shirt department has made rapid strides and bids fair so as to become in size what it is already in style, the leader in the three cities.
     In the hat department are such high grades as Dunlap & Co.'s. for which Mr. Jacobs has the sole agency for Davenport.
     Ladies can find a full and complete line of useful holiday presents such as gloves, ties, important silk handkerchiefs, fancy mufflers, walking canes, umbrellas, jewelry, and above all a nobby line of fancy suspenders with gold and silver buckles, designs and beauty surpassed.

Sanitary Plumbing and Heating of all Kinds.

     Great strides have been made in plumbing within the past decade, and now it might be said to be reduced to a science. There is nothing of more importance in every house or public building than to have the plumbing, heating and lighting arrangements of a first class order. The Iowa Plumbing and Heating Company, whose headquarters are at 411 West Second street, recognizing the imperative necessity of the most sanitary work in all this line, has during the time it has been in business employed only expert men and by superior workmanship it has gradually forged to the front until today it occupies a leading position among the plumbing and steam heating establishments of this city.
     This company was incorporated march 1, 1899, and is one of the youngest companies in this line in the tri cities. Its officers are Henry C. Claussen, president; Edward L. Bolte, vice-president and Wm. R. Johnson, secretary and treasurer.
     Besides devoting special attention to plumbing, steam and hot water heating and gas fitting of all kinds, a full line of engineer's supplies are carried. Some of the big jobs that the concern has done and which commends it to the public is the plumbing for the Schricker and Rodler flats, on Scott street, the Argyle building on Brady street; J.W. Gilchrits's new residence and the double house of Col. T.N. Hooper on Grand avenue. This company also furnished the plumbing and heating of the Andresen flats at the corner of Third and Western avenue and the heating of the Edward's Congregational church.

Manufacturer of High Grade Boilers.

     Many new and important business improvements have been made in the production of boilers and Davenport possesses a plan which is noted for the many points of superiority of the boilers manufactured there. Reverence is made to the Davenport Boiler works of which L. Grupe is proprietor, at 317 East Second street. This business was started by Mr. Grupo in 1881-19 years ago. The first day he was in the town he was bale to come to the conclusion that this was a place for him to settle, and he bought the ground that is the site of the present works and established a shop the next day. His business, of course, grew with the place and he has work enough to keep a good-sized crew busy from one year's end to the other. He employs from 16 to 50 men and they are employed in the making of all kinds of boilers. This is the only large boiler factory in the city. Special attention is paid to all kinds of repairing and sheet-iron work of every description. A specialty is made of the bu9ilding of patent dryers for glucose factories, breweries and starch works. These dryers have proved to be the right thing in all establishments where there is  considerable refuse to dry. This dryer is Mr. Grupo's own invention and it has many points of excellence over those now in use. The boiler works is one of the oldest in this section of the country. The largest boilers in all the factories of Davenport were made in this establishment and besides doing repair work and furnishing boilers for various big manufacturing plants in the tri-cities it carries on and extensive business in shipping to different parts of the country. For several years past this concern had shipped boilers to points in the Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas.

Brewers of Keg and Bottle Beer.

     Davenport beer, wherever known is liked. No better beer is made anywhere than in old German Davenport.
     The method used in the manufacture of beer have been greatly improved in the past decade and particularly in the past few years owing to the wonderful advancement that has been made in the way of better machinery, and today it is an absolute fact that the large breweries of the land have as nearly reached perfection in the making of beer as it is possible for human skill to do.
     Recognizing the necessity of having a plant established here that could produce a first-class beer, which the breweries in operation in this city at that time could not do because of their inadequate equipments, some of the leading business men organized the Davenport Malting company, Nov. 1, 1894. This was virtually a consolidation of the five small plants namely the breweries of M. Frahm & Son, Koehler & Lange, Mengel, Klindt & Co., Julius Lehrkladt and Aug. Zoller & Bros. Some of these had been in operation for more than 40 years and had a state wide reputation. The new plant was established on West Second street at the foot of Taylor and it has a frontage of 500 feet running back 400 feet to the switching facilities of the B.C.R. & N., the C.M. & St. P. and the D.R.I. & N W. This large brewery is equipped with absolutely modern machinery and its storage capacity is so large that no keg of beer is ever sold that is less than five months old, and bottled beer from eight to ten months old. The brands manufactured by this concern are keg beer-Davenport Malt Standard and Muenchner and the bottled beer-Pale Export and Muenchner.  Iowa barley and New York hops are used in the manufacture of the company's keg beer and in the manufacture of the bottled beer,  Iowa barley, India rice and Bohemian hops are used.
     The Davenport Malting company is now producing a beer that is unequalled and never excelled. Lager beer is today the popular beverage but it is not alone as a beverage that it has won its popularity. It has become an absolute necessity in nearly every household, no matter what station in life its people may occupy, considering the extraordinary cheap price at which it is sold and the feeling of contentment and enjoyment it gives all the tired workers.
     The brewery of this company is the second largest in the state, the most complete in this city and well worthy of a visit of inspection. The temperature in the cold storage rooms is maintained at a certain degree so that the beer is kept cool, sparkling and invigorating throughout the year. The company employs 60 men and has 15 agencies located at different points in Iowa to which it ships its product in carload lots. Its beer is sold in all parts of the state and in southwestern Minnesota. The plant has a capacity of 100,000 barrels and last year the sales were over 50,000 barrels. Through various causes the consumption of beer has increased in recent years, especially by families. Very frequently the beer of the Davenport Malting company is ordered by physicians for their patients. It might be stated that beer of all kinds has grown steadily in favor with the American people. In that regard Dr. Rainsford of St. George's Episcopal church, New York city, advocates the establishment of saloons that would be compelled to sell the best beer obtainable. Davenport Malting beer is of such quality that it is only necessary to introduce it into any locality and the public in every case will prefer it above all others. It is found on sale, not only in this city, but in almost every enterprising town in Iowa. That the efforts of the Davenport Malting company to produce a standard quality of beer have been highly successful, ample evidence is shown in the increase of its annual production and sale.
     The officers of the company are O.C. Koehler, president; Geo. Mengel, vice president; Geo. Klindt, secretary. The offices of the company are next to the brewery.

Extensive Dealer in Hay, Straw, and Grain.

     It was in 1857, just 42 years ago that D. Regennitter drove into what was then the town of Davenport with his first load of hay. It was produced in the best hay growing district of this county and it brought the best price then ruling in the market. He continued to haul hay and finally established himself in the hay and feed business in this city and became one of the successful dealers of this locality.
     In 1892 his two sons, Wm. H, and J. D. Reginnitter were taken in as partners and all three conducted the business until 1897 when the father died. The firm of D. Reginnitter's Sons was then formed and the brothers have since carried on the business. They have the heaviest hay and feed sales of any dealers in the tri-cities, and they sell more hay alone than all the other dealers of the city combined.
     Besides handling considerable of the loose hay which is brought into the city, they sell from 255 to 300 cars of pressed hay a year. They built a large barn last summer at Rodman, Ia., which will hold 1,050 tons and it can be shipped here as required. Formerly it had been their custom to store hay in Davenport. The firm also built a barn at North Henderson, Ill. and most of the straw it handles comes from there. This barn has a capacity of 150 to 175 tons and this season both barns were filled, in order to be better able to handle the hay brought in from the vicinity, the firm has bought a hay press and this is used as the occasion demands.
     The Regennitter Bros. handle large quantities of hay also from different points in Iowa and a large amount shipped in from Kansas City. Their trade is confined solely to this particular locality. The office of the firm is on Front Street, near Perry, where it has been located for the past 20 years and is one of the landmarks of the town. A large supply of hay, straw and grain is kept on hand at the firm's barns in this city and they are therefore able to fill orders in all kinds of weather.

A Visit to the Davenport Gas and Electric Co. Plant

     The Davenport Gas and Electric Company, one of the largest public institutions of our city furnishing to the public light, heat and power, three of the essential articles of our daily use, yet few people in our city have ever been to the works where it is generating the growth of our city and the ? of its population have caused a company to increase the capacity of its plant more than double within the past five years. When the manager was asked to give out a few facts concerning the operation of these works, which are of such importance to the people and especially at this season of the year, when nearly every tore and residence in the city is using some of its products, he stated that the plant was in splendid operating condition with ample capacity in every department and well equipped for producing the incandescent electric lights, the arc lights together with direct current power, he requested the writer to go down and visit the plant and investigate for himself. Taking advantage of the invitation the writer sought out the superintendent of both departments, Mr. Bredow and Mr. Bowers and with them  started on a general inspection tour. He found there installed arc machines with a total capacity to carry seven hundred arc lights, every machine belted and coupled up to a main shaft line, with immense switches, fastened on a marble switch board, which extends along the font of the main portion of the plant. Four incandescent light machines were also attached in the same way to the same shafting, which is made to revolve two hundred and seventy revolutions per minute by two immense engines with wheels twenty and twenty-four feet in diameter respectively, capable of pulling fourteen hundred horse power. These engines are also supplemented with three smaller ones which are used in day time; on one of these smaller engines the reporter found a handsome machine and was informed  that it was the new three hundred horsepower generator. He also found a pair of large Worthington steam pumps, pumping water from the artesian wells, which are located in this plant.
     Going into the fireroom he found eleven large boilers ready for service and passing on into the gas department was found the four new gas benches all completed and in working order. These benches alone have a capacity to make more gas than is used in the entire city. Next to these is the water gas department which also has a capacity in itself to produce more gas than ins now used in the city, making a duplicate gas plant.
     The making of gas, the scrubbing and purifying of the same and the conveying of it to the holders is certainly an interesting process. One only need to visit these works to satisfy themselves of he capacity and ability of his company to furnish its patrons with good and sufficient service equal to that of any plant in the state. Upon leaving the plant the reporter was shown the charts taken from the instruments which record the city lighting which is done by this company. These charts show a record of which the company may well feel proud.
     The Davenport Gas & Electric company is doing everything in its power to give the people of Davenport the best service in the city in the way of electric and gas lighting. The officers connected with the concern are accommodating and anxious to please at all times. They are worthy of support.

General Repairing of All Kinds of Machinery

     A man who steps into P.D. Quirk's machine shop at the foot of Brady street finds one of the best equipped shops of its kind in the city. Mr. Quirk is a veteran machinist and has been in business in Davenport for the past 29 years. His work is principally repairing of all kinds of machinery. He keeps seven men regularly employed and frequently has occasion to employ more than that number.
     His shop has always been well patronized but this is due largely to the fact that a job never leaves the place until thorough inspection is made and the work is thoroughly tested. Wm. J. Pugh, who is well known in Chicago and New York, among machine men has been with Mr. Quirk for some time and is at present engaged in the building of an automobile which promises to surpass some of the late models in many particulars. The motive power will be an absolutely noiseless gasoline engine, so designed and constructed as to give the operator full control of any load that he might have.
     Mr. Pugh is building the auto for his own use. The machinery in it will be much lighter in proportion to horse-power than that of any other light engine to serve the same purpose. When it is completed it will be seen on  the streets of this city quite frequently.

The Popular Shoe House.

     In pace with the general activity and energy which is a marked feature with many of our establishments and enterprises, Messrs. Sweet & Minehan's shoe house, 208 West Second street, is making rapid strides to the front. Being in existence only since August 1898, this store has become popularly known throughout the city and county and is receiving the bulk of the medium and high class trade to which they cater. The store is a model of perfection, simplicity and neatness, being a marked feature in its general make-up. For the comfort of the many patrons, the store is in every respect better equipped and adapted than any similar place in the city.
     No one fashion had made greater strides in the past decade than the change in ideas in shoes. Many factors have combined to do it. The tide of population is slowly but surely turning toward demanding a better class of shoe than they did in years gone by. The shrewd discerning caterer to the new wants had discovered this and prepared his business accordingly. This keeping abreast of the time is emphasized in the selection of stock which consist of Edwin Clapp and for men Laird, Schober & Cos. ladies. William Hoyt's for children. These are only a few of many makes displayed here. They warrant every pair, no matter what the price may be, to be as represented.
     Messrs Sweet & Minehan are both well and favorably known and you are invited to call and inspect the latest style in men's women's and children's shoes. You are not asked to buy, we simply ask you to call and inspect our stock.

Undertaker and Embalmer

     The undertaker is sometimes the last man on earth that one wants to think of but it is well to bear in mind that his business is one of the mercantile interests of any city and among the undertakers right in our midst is A. Hartwig, who is located at 426 West Second Street. Albert Hartwig is associated with his brother J. Hartwig who was with N. Nissen for 20 years, nearly the whole period that well known undertaker was in business here.
     The Hartwig brothers have devoted a great deal of time and attention to studying the needs of the public in this line, and particularly in that of embalming. They are prepared to do this work as it should be done and at the reasonable prices prevailing. This store contains a fine assortment of supplies, consisting of fine burial caskets in solid mahogany, walnut, quartered oak, metallics and textile covered caskets of the most elegant tapestries in silk, plush, velvet, broadcloths, and covered on cedar or chestnut with either zinc, copper or metallic linings.
     Mr. Hartwig is a thoroughly practical man, having had some years of experience in this business and allwork entrusted to his care will receive prompt and careful attention, insuring the very best satisfaction to every person who calls upon him in any department of his work. He is one of the most accommodating, genial and well-informed young men in the business in the tri-cities and he is laying the foundations of an excellent trade.

Busch Brewing Assn., St. Louis- Wholesale Wine and Liquor Dealer-Owner of the Bottling Works.

     At No. 210 and 212 east Front street is located the office and ware house of R. Vogel, who operates a brewery and distillers agency and who is a wholesale dealer in the celebrated Anehuser-Busch St. Louis beer, as also in California wines and brandies, Kentucky sour mash, and pure old rye whiskies.
     Mr. Vogel established himself here last summer having been forced to remove here from Iowa City by reason of fire. Mr. Vogel has erected a large and entirely new building at the above place an embellishment to the city in general, which is built in modern style, and adapted for the wholesale beer and liquor business. The bottling department of the plant is one of the finest in the state and is equipped with all of the latest improved machinery in the market.
     Besides all of the brands of the Anheuser-Busch beers which he handles and bottles for trade and family use, Mr. Vogel deals in all of the Kentucky choice whiskies, such as the Park hill, Sherwood, Pepper Anderson, hermitage, Mac Brayer, Monticello and Gurckenheimer brands, (the latter four being ten year old brands), the Pennsylvania and Maryland ryes besides brandies, gins, rums, bitters, domestic and imported Kuemmel and several other miscellaneous liquors, including Scotch, Irish, Nordhaeuser and Swensk spirituous goods.
     Select and well aged wines, both sweet and dry, bare kept in stock and orders for all sorts of goods are solicited for, Mr. Vogel asks the patronage which he deserves. Being a new comer here he is not as well known now as he will be later. He requests you to give him your steady orders. His telephone is No. 544.

Dealer in All Kinds of Farm Machinery, Buggies and Wagons

     This enterprise of A.W. Petersen has been conducted by him for the last three years. Mr. Petersen is a Scott county man, having been born and reared on a farm six miles north of the city where he was engaged in farming for many years. He is the only implement dealer in the city who owns his own building and it is located at 320 West Third street, where he sells for honest profit. Being a reliable he carries a full line of farm machinery, farming hardware and tools. He is the agent for the Milwaukee binder and mower and also the Buckeye mower.
     Mr. Petersen handles a very large variety of stock such as the Peru Morrison and Gale plows and cultivators, Prairie City seeders, feed grinders and corn shellers of different manufacture.
     The Olds wagon of which he recently received a car load is one of the best light running farm wagons ever turned out by any factory. Buggies and spring wagons of the best manufacture all kinds of paints and oils, grass and garden seeds, sewing machines, washing machines and in fact, everything required by the farmer in the way of machinery and goods is sold by Mr. Petersen. He personally attends to all the details of his business. He buys for cash and the up to date business man, Mr. Petersen has built up an extensive trade in all parts of the country and it is growing.

Wholesale and Retail Dealers in Hard and Soft Coal

     The Marquette Third Vein Coal company of Davenport cuts a large figure as one of the institutions of Davenport than is probably known to many of our citizens. While its mines are situated in Illinois at Marquette and Sharland, 75 miles distant, the accounting office is at Davenport and semi-monthly pay roll aggregating nearly $30,000 per month is distributed to nearly 500 employes.
     Through the superior merits of the company's product, aptly christened by the trade the "Rocking Valley" of Illinois, and the aggressive policy of its management, an urgent demand for this coal has sprung up all over northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, eastern central, western and northern Iowa, southern Minnesota, eastern Nebraska and the Dakotas.
     Besides its superior quality for domestic use, it ranks high for the use of manufacture. The Galesburg brick are now using this company's coal for the manufacture of vitrified paving brick with which the three cities are largely being paved and for this purpose the most severe test is made of the fuel. The railway companies are also large users of this coal for their locomotives.
    Col. J.S. Wylie is the president and treasurer of this company and locally he is selling this coal largely at retail from his yards in this city. Davenport office, Marquette building, 116 West Third st.

One of the leading Automatic Gas Lamp Companies of Iowa

     One of the latest acquisitions to the business interests of this city is Warner & Company, who are the state agents for the automatic gas lamps manufactured by the Automatic Gas Lamp Company of Omaha. This firm ahs been located in Davenport but a short time at 313 Brady street, and during the time it has been here it has sold large numbers of this celebrated lamp.
     It is the only lamp that has been recognized by the state board of health of Iowa, and has had its most cordial endorsement. This lamp has also been most heartily commended by the Underwriters bureau of fire protection engineering of the state of Illinois as the most suitable for use inside insured buildings when installed according to such rules governed by such devices.
     All of these lamps are of the best material and workmanship and manufactured to a rigid personal inspection of all the material and supplies. They give a steady, soft, white light and they are free from smoke and offensive odor and are absolutely safe. One quart of oil will last 14 hours, and the light produced is from 87 to 97 candle power, equivalent to five ordinary 16 candle incandescent electric lights. Its cost is but a small fraction of that of coal, gas or electricity, and is even less that that of coal oil, in fact they are superior to any of the modern methods of illumination and in point of economy best of any other lamps on the market. These lamps are generated with a match and with them the cost of 14 hours light is but 3 cents.
     Warner & Company are also general agents for gas and gasoline mantles, burners, chimneys and shades and complete Welsbach lights.

C. B. & Q.
Transfer and Express Co.

     In a city the size of this there are usually a number of express and transfer lines and one of the busiest in this city is one of which C.N. Petersen is the manager-the C.B. & Q. Transfer Co. There is not a busier man in the city than this enterprising citizen and his line has undoubtedly more to do than any other railway express line in the tri-cities. The company has 25 or more heavy teams and gives employment to about a score of men. Special attention is given to the handling of freight of all kinds and prompt store-door deliveries are one of the features of this business. This company has had the contract for a number of years of handling the freight of the C.B. & Q. road in this vicinity and the satisfaction it has given speaks volumes for it. there is no transfer company in the three cities that has a better record for the careful handling and transfering of household goods and merchandise from one place to another in the cities of Davenport, Rock Island and Moline, than this well known company.
     Trunks, baggage and safes of all kinds are hauled from one depot to another at all hours of the day and night, and the charges are at all times most reasonable. Besides handling the freight of the C.B. & Q. depot for a number of years, the company has acquired a large patronage from the different business enterprises of the tri-cities and it has increased from year to year. The business of the company is now one of the best enjoyed by any of the large transfer lines of the three cities and this is due largely to the business methods and energy of the manager, Mr. Petersen.
     The company also makes a specialty of handling superior quality of hard and soft coal and wood and at the lowest prices. Mr. Petersen has resided here for the past 35 years and for the past 2 years he has been engaged in the teaming business. He is one of the most energetic business men of the community. Calls left at the office of the company at 221-323 east Second street or at the C.B. & Q. Freight Office or given by phone 130 will be attended to promptly.

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