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Rock Island Lines
Monday thru Friday 11 AM

A series of award-winning stories about our region's traditions, institutions, and people, past and present. Rock Island Lines is written and read by Roald Tweet, Professor Emeritus of English at Augustana College, and sponsored by Quad City Bank and Trust.

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  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.The city elections of 1920 brought Davenport, Iowa, its first and only socialist government. Mayor Dr. C. L. Barewald…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.There was no sign on the way into Rock Island, Illinois, or into Davenport, Iowa, warning that civilized behavior would…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.Dr. James Turner must have temporarily forgotten his Hippocratic oath amid a vision of riches—riches which would come…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.When the Great London Traveling Circus came to Davenport, Iowa, in 1880, they brought with them a new exhibit. Then, as…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.Don't become too discouraged by politicians. Every now and then a promise made during a campaign is actually carried…
  • This Roald Tweet on Rock Island.One night deep in the winter of 1833, in Buffalo, Iowa, the door of Captain Benjamin Clark's log cabin opened. Barely…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.If stones could talk, the Rock Island Clock Tower Building's blocks of Joliet limestone would have more than one story…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.The problem with Colonel Napoleon Buonaparte Buford of Rock Island was that he was both an officer and a gentleman. ''A…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.They say you can't keep a good man down. In Davenport, Iowa, in 1857, a group of law-abiding citizens discovered that…
  • This is Roald Tweet on Rock Island.After Mark Twain had completed his study of currents and channels in enough detail to become a steamboat pilot, he…