News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Henry Kahl

Apr 16, 2021

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Henry C. Kahl was born poor in a cottage in northwest Davenport, Iowa. He was never a Boy Scout, he was not in school long enough for the deportment side of the report card to instill in him the Protestant work ethic, and there's no indication that he ever read Ben Franklin. It's almost as if Henry knew instinctively that the American dream of "rags to riches" required something more than dreaming.


Apr 15, 2021

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"Chippiannock" is a Sauk Indian word meaning "city of the dead," a fit name for the city of Rock Island's first cemetery, ninety-five acres lying on a plateau not far from Saukenuk, where the war chief Black Hawk grew up. The place was originally called Manitou Ridge because of the Indians' belief that here the Great Spirit spread his wings among the hills to keep floods away.

Frederick Schwatka

Apr 14, 2021

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When Alexis de Tocqueville came to America in 1826 to study its new citizens, he was amazed at their restlessness—moving an average of once every five years—an average that still holds true today.

Jessie Colton

Apr 13, 2021

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In the Western Cemetery in Orion, Illinois, just south of here, there is a tombstone with the names of Jessie Colton and Bert Richardson.

This episode of Love Girls: The Podcast features teen actress Maya J. Pinson and Kevin Goff, the great grandnephew of Hollywood's first black artist to win an Oscar, actress Hattie McDaniel.

For the next month, homeowners in Davenport can get a free smoke alarm from the Red Cross, and installed by the fire department.

Public Education Officer Lieutenant Zach Soliz says this is the third year the department has worked with the Red Cross on the program called Sound the Alarm. The reason is simple - smoke alarms save lives.

On The Road

Apr 12, 2021

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The Mississippi is one of those rivers that takes on all comers. Children are easy marks. Just standing them along the shore with a stick to wrinkle the water is all it takes. Fishermen are easy, too. All fishing poles have hooks at both ends, and who pulls in whom is an open question.

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Apr 10, 2021


Apr 9, 2021

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My wife, Margaret, made me promise never ever to use her in these Lines. Of course, I took that to mean she was hoping I would. She's hard to figure out.


Apr 8, 2021

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It is hard in our cynical age to imagine the kind of patriotism which made George W. Kinkaid of rural Muscatine, Iowa, leave his wife and plow and march off to the Civil War in 1862.