Moline News from the Past

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Moline Daily Dispatch
Tuesday, July 8, 1919, page 2

May Bar Trucks on Many Streets

Stringent Parking Rules are Also Carried in Pending Ordinance

“Motor trucks and other vehicles weighing, with a load, more than two tons, are prohibited from practically all asphalt pavement in Moline, by an ordinance introduced before the Moline council last evening.

The new traffic measure, containing nearly fifty rules, was read by Alderman Swanson, chairman of the ordinance committee, and was then referred to the council committee of the whole for consideration.

Only four or five of the regulations vary from the ordinance now in force. The principal variations, in addition to the section prohibiting heavy traffic on asphalt pavements, follow:

All parking of motor vehicles on Fifth avenue between Thirteenth and Sixteenth streets on the east side of Sixteenth street between Fifth and Sixth avenues and on the south side of Sixth avenue between Fifteenth and Seventeenth streets, is prohibited.

No vehicles may stop within fifty feet of corners of the congested district where street cars stop.

The congested district is changed so that the north boundary is Fourth avenue instead of Third avenue.

It is probable that several changes will be made in the ordinance before it finally passes the council. There was some talk among aldermen last evening of raising
the heavy truck limit to three tons.  Some aldermen want Nineteenth street included in the barred zone. Some believe that the no-parking rule for Fifth avenue is too stringent.”

Moline News from the Past

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Review Dispatch
Friday, July 11, 1884, page 4

Struck by Lightning

“Tuesday morning at about 4 o’clock the denizens of the Third Ward living near the Lutheran church were startled by a terrific crash and at the same a blinding flash of light which seemed to penetrate the innermost corners of the room which they had been sleeping.  For a time the air seemed to be full of electricity, the telephone bells rang and a number of people were perceptibly shocked and in one or two cases they were almost lifted out of bed.  Most of the people who were awakened by the noise and light, began to investigate and see if any damage was done, but as nothing could be seen they once more retired.
When it began to grow lighter a watchman going home from the shop noticing the shattering condition of windows of the church, called to J.A. Holm, the janitor of the church, who was sleeping in the building, and wanted to know if he was alive.   This was the first Mr. Holm knew of the work of the storm.
Upon investigation the men found that lightning had struck the tower of the church at the southwestern corner, about thirty feet above the roof.  It ran down the corner about twenty feet, when it seemed to burst right through the brick and run down to the window on the inside of the tower, when it again went outside and struck the roof and ran down beside the tower and at last went through the roof into the church below where it came in contact with the large pipe organ, almost completely demolishing its interior.
From there it seemed to difuse [sic] itself  throughout the whole west side of the building,  every window being broken.  Large pieces of cornace [sic] were torn from the side and end and thrown the entire length of the building.  In the vestibule in the northeastern part of edifice, the plastering had been torn off in large patches, and the wood work in several places had been wretched from the side of the building and smashed into fine pices [sic].  The church room proper was completely covered with plastering and pieces of wood, most of which had came from the northeastern corner of the room.  The large painting behind the pulpit showed signs of having been struck by some hard substance in several places, and some zinc figures which had been hanging on nails near by for the purpose of telling the number of the hymns to be sung, were strewn over the floor in every direction. Strange to say, there was not the least, sign of fire about the building, the wood being blackened, and the odor was like that eminating [sic] from burnt powder.”

**Note: Listed in the Moline City Directory 1881-1885

Lutheran Church, 1226 5th Avenue
(southeast corner of 5th Avenue and 13th Street)
—-(probably the church in the newspaper article)—


Lutheran Church, 310 4th Avenue
(northeast corner of 4th Avenue and 3rd street)

Moline News from the Past

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Moline Evening Mail and Journal
Wednesday, June 26, 1912, page 3

Horses Run and Driver is Thrown

“James Bax, driver for the Lagomarcino Ice Cream Co., while driving along Fifteenth street and Eighteenth avenue, late yesterday afternoon, was quite badly hurt, when trying to turn across the street car track the three mules hitched to the wagon started to run and the driver was thrown to the pavement. He was removed to the City hospital, where Dr. E. Sargent dressed the wounds. The patient is pretty badly bruised and cut but no bones were broken.”

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Moline Daily Dispatch
Wednesday, June 23, 1916, page 2

Browning Field Nearly Finished

“First stages of the work of converting Browning Field into one of the most modern and adequate playgrounds and municipal centers in the middle west, have been reached by the construction gang in charge and completion now hinges on the passage of the $ 15,000 bond issue. A considerable amount of shrubbery has been planted on the terrace, from the west end of the field up to the street and playgrounds are being laid out at the extreme east end.

A cinder driveway is being laid around the athletic field proper, west end of which is more than 100 feet east of Sixteenth street. This will enable drivers of cars and horses to go around the field when looking for a place to park cars, and will, it is believed, prevent congestion at any point.

Entire field is on a level now being about ten feet lower than Sixteenth street. Driveway is on the south side. It is not anticipated that there will be much difficulty having the ground ready for the first football games next fall, should the people of the city vote in favor of the $ 15,000 bond issue which is to be submitted for the electorate in July”

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Finds Ground for Dumping Garbage

Moline Daily Dispatch,  Monday, June 11, 1906, page 2

“Health Commissioner Meyer has found a new dump ground for garbage on which the city’s refuse can be disposed of much more satisfactorily then heretofore. The department has been up against it for some days because no more garbage could be dumped on the grounds at Thirteenth avenue and Seventeenth streets, and this accounts for the cessation of hauling. The new grounds are at Eleventh avenue and Fourth street in a deep ravine.

There are but few houses in the neighborhood, and the occupants of these will not be nauseated for the reason that at this place plenty of fresh earth is available to be dumped in on top of each new installment of garbage. This will not only be a more sanitary way of disposing of the refuse, but will  result in the filling up of the ravine in quicker time, a thing which is desired by the neighbors and people interested.

The sanitary carts were started today.  These heavy carts can be used in conveying garbage to the new locality, because there is good solid ground on which to approach the dumping place. At the old place the ground was so soft that these carts could not be used, and the ordinary dump carts had to be employed. Beside, no fresh earth was available at the old place, and the department had to resort to the use of ashes with which to cover the garbage.”


COVID-19 Update – Moline Public Library still offering some phone and online services while closed!


Closing Alert from for duration of the governor’s stay-at-home order.

In line with the decisions made in our community to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Moline Public Library is closed through the end of April.

The health and safety of our library patrons and staff is our biggest concern and the decision to close was made in accordance with the local, state, and national recommendations.

All items currently checked out will have their due date extended to May 1. No late fees will be assessed during our closure. If you wish to return items before then, the drive up book return will be available.

Moline cardholders whose accounts are set to expire in March and April will have their expiration dates extended.

Due to the suspension of delivery services between libraries, cardholders will not be able to place holds in the PrairieCat Catalog at this time. Patrons with any current pending holds will be handled after that service resumes. Holds that have arrived, but have not been picked up, will be available when the library reopens.

We invite you to visit our web site frequently for updates and to use many of our online services with your Moline Public Library Card:

Many of these services can also accessed by downloading our app MPLToGo.

Beginning Thursday, April 2 the Library’s Information and Reference desk will be available to answer questions by phone. This service will be available Monday through Friday, from 9am to 3pm. Please be aware that, due to limited resources and staff, responses to more complex or in depth questions may take up to 48 hours.

Updates on library services will continue to be sent through our social media outlets.

Thursday Ditto: Hillbilly Elegy

If you missed this best seller a few years back when it was new, now is the time to pick it up and read it – before Ron Howard comes out with the movie version.

If you didn’t miss it and loved it, well, then this is for you.

Hillbilly Elegy Shelf End Ditto NU


The Life Cycle of a Library Book

It’s not unusual for the sight of library books in a dumpster to throw the public into a tizzy. The reality is, however, that this is part of the natural life cycle of a library book. Whether the book is beyond repair or simply outdated, the dumpster is often—though not always—the final resting place for library books. If a book is recycled instead of straight trashed, there’s always the possibility it will return as a new book, reincarnated. It’s the circle of life. A new chapter. The turning of the page.

But let’s go back to the beginning. If you’ve never thought much about it, you might now be wondering what is the life cycle of a library book? Where do they come from?

Find out (and read the rest of the article) at BookRiot.