News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Henry Lewis

Apr 1, 2021

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The Mississippi River and history have this in common: neither one always goes where you want it to go. That is why a young man who set out in 1848 to paint the most American painting in the world ended up instead with a book of lithographs of the Mississippi River printed in German.

Galesburg Community Foundation

With help from some local groups, the River Bend Food Bank based in the Quad Cities is going to open a regional branch in Galesburg.

Josh Gibb, President of the Galesburg Community Foundation, says this will save time and money for the food banks in the city and Knox County because they'll no longer have to drive to the Quad Cities to pick up their supplies of food.

Artist Irene Terronez and activist Phyllis Terronez discuss their life growing up in Cook's Point, Davenport, participation in the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 70s, and Irene's artistic ongoing artistic career.

Giants in the Earth

Mar 31, 2021

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The word for today is "epiphany"—that moment in the dark reaches of the mind when a light flicks on at two in the morning, and we understand the calculus problem we have been struggling with, or capture just the right image for the poem, or know that it is really love.


Mar 30, 2021

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If you are at all inclined to superstition, avoid that whole bottom land below Black Hawk State Park where the Rock River meets the Mississippi. It may be haunted.

Muscatine and Whiskey

Mar 29, 2021

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In 1839, the village of Bloomington just south of here was upgraded to the status of second-class town by the Iowa Legislature. Its city council met only once, and then only to permit grocery stores to sell whiskey. That same year, the Iowa Territorial Legislature officially defined "grocery store" as any establishment that sold whiskey in less than gallon lots.

The Cities - Pgm #1118

Mar 27, 2021

West End Settlement

Mar 26, 2021

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Susanne Denkmann came from one of the wealthiest and most prominent families in Rock Island. She was educated in the most exclusive schools on the East Coast. With her father's money, she could easily have followed the seasons around the world from theater in London to art auctions in Germany to sun on the Mediterranean. By the time she was born in 1872, her father and his partner, Frederick Weyerhaeuser, had already begun to amass a fortune in the logging and lumbering business. Their great log rafts coming down the Mississippi from Wisconsin and Minnesota outnumbered the steamboats. Susanne Denkmann could have become the poor little rich girl, straight out of 19th century domestic novels.

Instead, Susanne Denkmann chose to take seriously the obligation of the rich to help the poor. Government welfare was not yet even a dream. Following a formal education, she enrolled in the Chicago Kindergarten College, and then moved to New York to teach in a settlement house. Her experiences here convinced her to return to Rock Island, where economic hard times had created an underclass similar to those in the slums of New York.

With her own money, Susanne built a large two-story brick building at Fifth Street and Seventh Avenue in Rock Island. Her West End Settlement opened in 1909. By then she had married a Rock Island attorney, John Hauberg, her equal in giving of his time and talents. Together, they ran the West End Settlement for thirteen years. The settlement provided extensive gardens for area residents, a Sunday school, a gymnasium, baths, a kindergarten, domestic science classes, basketball, a fife and drum corps, a milk station where poor mothers could receive formula milk, a women's sewing group, a crippled children's clinic, a trained nurse and two full-time social workers.

Steamboat Deaths

Mar 25, 2021

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With steamboats as with humans, there only are one or two ways of coming into this world, but an infinite number of ways of leaving it.

The Toby Show

Mar 24, 2021

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The publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin in 1852 sent shock waves around the world. Southern women wrote rebuttal novels showing how wonderful slavery was, Germans set up Uncle Tom shops selling soul food, and Lincoln suggested to Harriet Beecher Stowe that she had brought on the Civil War.