Page 123 of 26 Sep 1961 Issue of Davenport Daily Times in Davenport, Iowa

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Daily Times, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1961, Davenport, Iowa Editors note Edward Martin Kunkel was born the son of Martin Veteran hardware who came to Daven port shortly before the civil Edward attended the state University of Pur due and then for Many years was Active in the electrical his late Brothers Fred and took Over the hard icare store when his father when he was a boy Edward Kunkes Home was at 1422 later the family moved to 1607 he is now living on route by Edward Kunkel i was nine years old when the elegant eighties by the time the daily times came along i was a pretty Active teen my grammar school years had been spent at old 4 now Madison then located at main and Locust the principal was Nagel an interesting and distinctive Type of the old time educator of the Era of the adage of spare the Rod and spoil the two places of interest to the kids were the Peter Fries Black Smith and horse shoeing at Locust and Harrison and the Shorey pump factory at 18th and Power for this shop was supplied by a which walked continuously in a turning a which was geared to a horizontal sex lending along the into the shop where it transmitted the Power to the operating a at that time there was no plumbing in 4 for drinking water there was an open bucket on a Bench on the play with a tin used by in a separate building at the Back of the playground was located the unsanitary in the several High school immediately preceding there were a number who became excellent studied and became prominent in the Legal Field and in such names stand Forth As Henry Jim Louis Henry Gus Finger and of the latter i recall an Inci in which Gus got hit by a pitched raising a Lump whereupon Bill Henigbaum later in the furniture business com posed a ditty which there was a boy named Finger who on the head got a stinger but he was cured without much toil for he used Jacobs Oil the author in 1882 in the political the issues dividing the parties were quite the republicans advocated a High Tariff on with the slogan Protection for american Industry while the democrats favored free Trade or a lower which they claimed would result in lower living another secondary called the bloody shirt Issue was a hangover from the civil War party of Lincoln it but in Scott county and Davenport the hottest Issue was strangely formerly the democratic Strong hold in of late remained in the Republican col while Des formerly Republican now leans toward the in the Davenport lower i to were solidly demo while the upper 5 and 6 sometimes went Republic tier traps one of the most Glar t ing Between now and those old Days is in the matter of local then a prosperous professional or business going from Home to used a one horse vehicle weighing about 300 costing perhaps the rest of us used two foot or if near a Street car line put out a five cent now that prosperous citizen for the same a 300 horsepower pounds and costing and the rest of us try to come As near to that As we even if we have to borrow the Money to do another thing that has disappeared is the vehicular travel across the River the River usually froze Over in december and remained generally until when the ice seemed Strong enough a track was staked usually from the foot of main or Brady Street and a Large amount of traffic used this route at times regular Hack routes were oper ated at Low fare of All this traffic was on runners instead of i believe skating was More popular in those especially among the River frequently froze Over and made wonder Ful particularly distance a favorite stunt was to skate from Davenport Down Stream As far As Rock matter of five or six some if there happened to be a Strong West we could open out our overcoats and sail Way Back to at fairly Good without taking a stroke with the other popular skating places were the Pond in Central now called Vanderveer Park and rotarian in 1920 originally the fair grounds and a privately operated open air ice rink occupying the Square Block Between Brady and main and 17th and 18th operated by a Man named where you could skate As Long As you wished for a except on band concert night when he had a band playing in a band stand at the Center of the a considerable portion of Davenport River front in the 80s and 90s was occupied by Mammoth saw with their accompanying lumber where was stored enormous piles of sawed occupying hundreds of Yards of later when the magnificent stands of while Pine Timber in Wisconsin and Minnesota were All Cut these Mills and lumber piles and our local requirements of lumber Are sup plied by yellow Pine shipped in from Down South and fir from the the building of the big roller dams and producing a continuous Channel depth of nine feet or there has come an astounding resumption of freight traffic on the due to the increased water now these boats and barges Are much deeper in draught and can carry greatly in creased i was told that one of these larger barges could carry As much freight As a Long freight it is estimated the tonnage of freight now moving in the River is As much As 40 times As great As it was in the old palmy Days one vivid memory of those is of the River put on by the chamber of Commerce this consisted largely of a mile Long Parade of illuminated followed by a great fireworks Dis play from barges anchored out in the a Large number of Flat Bot Tomed boats were with an overhead framework on which were Strung rows of chinese Lan terns and Many other Small exist ing Craft with suitable decoration and these boats were assembled at a Point upstream from Betten Dorf and when it became the lights were lit and the Parade slowly Down the with bands playing and Small fireworks past the City to credit Island where it to be followed by what was then a wonderful fire works display from the barges off Shore from the business after the abandonment of the lumber and end of saw Mill and other River the River front presented a dirty even filthy aspect and became an but the levee commission was organized and men of intelligence and fore sight put in charge of the author today

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