William Heidenreich was the watchman on the Jennie Gilchrist when the boat lost a cam rod and struck the bridge on October 27, 1881. He claimed that he did not know his duty included watching over the passengers to get them safely off the boat.
Kaltenbracker Charles Head 52 Machinist
Alvena Wife 40 Housekeeping
Charles Son 12 At school
Harry Son 8 At school
Heidenreick William Other 18 Apprentice
Harker William Other 17 Apprentice
White Oliver P. Other 44 Rapid Pilot
The steamer Nellie, Captain Whitney which has been engaged in these waters through the summer in government and city service, passed down early this morning with a barge in tow, and having French & Co.’s circus on board. The company consists of some twenty-five people and five horses and carry a tent that allows covering for an audience of 600 to 800 people. The circus exhibited at LeClaire yesterday, and shows at Keithsburg today. They proceed south, and spend the winter in showing at small places on every stream which can be navigated by the Nellie.
ITEMS IN BRIEF
named William Heitenreight (Heidenreich), on the
steamer Nellie, which went down the river with French’s circus, was drowned
HE WAS MURDERED.
will recollect the announcement of the death of a young man named George Schliedwein (Heidenreich), who lived in LeClaire,
and was drowned off the steamer Nellie, below Cape Girardeau, as she was en
route south with Robert’s circus. It
occurred last month. Mr. Charles Seims, at the request of the mother of the deceased and
other relatives in this city, has been to
Photo by Bob Jones
…”One of the crew, Charles Johnson of LeClaire, also had a remarkable experience. He also was lying in his berth in the cabin,
asleep. He was blown through the outside
door, or window, of his room, on his mattress, falling about forty feet from
the boat in the river, where he caught a big oar that came sailing his way, and
straddling this he paddled himself ashore without a scratch. Without reporting back to the wreck, Mr.
Johnson made his way to McGregor where he enjoyed himself for a few days, and
then commandeering an old “dug-out” which was somewhat insecurely locked, he
started for his home in LeClaire. In the meantime news of the wreck had reached
his home and he had been reported among the lost. His family mourned him as dead, and inscribed
the date of his demise in the family bible, and began negotiating for a
mortuary slab to be erected to his memory.
Within a few days the dead man was sighted paddling his dug-out toward
the levee by some boys who were in swimming.
It is said that they did not stop for their clothes, but fled from the
specter for their homes: and it is said that as Johnson passed though the town
he cleared the streets wherever he went of both great and small, the people believing
that it was a sure enough ghost, and not a flesh and blood visitant that had
arrived from above. “--George B. Merrick, Steamboats and Steamboatmen
of the Upper Mississippi”
The Saturday Evening Post of
I expect that
Charley (Windy) Johnson and I have pulled him (S. R Van Sant)
from Beef Slough to Muscatine without hearing a murmur (that is, a mummer from
him), but you might have heard the linesman doing a great deal of
murmuring. Sometimes as soon as we had
gotten the lines on at the slough we would pull out for
ever hear of a strike on a Van Sant and Musser
boat? I never did. There wasn’t anything to strike for. Of course there were times when we had to
work hard but so you did on all the boats and we lived better than any ordinary
hotel all of the time and not a boat on the river led us in wages. One day when Windy and I had pulled him out
When we got back to the boat after about a ten mile pull I went up to the office to investigate, as I hadn’t examined my envelope for several trips, just putting them back in the safe, and I found that not only were we getting thirty-five but that the linesmen were getting forty dollars.
“Sketch of Capt. S. R.
Van Sant”, Saturday Evening Post
The Daily Times, Tuesday, December 4, 1906, page 7.
Chas. A. Johnson of LeClaire died suddenly yesterday afternoon about 6 o’clock at Dr. Bailey’s office in LeClaire, the cause of death being apoplexy. Mr. Johnson first complained of a bad headache about 10 o’clock Monday morning and as it did not seem to abate in the least, some of his friends persuaded him to go to a doctor. After walking to the Doctor’s office he suddenly grew worse and continued so until his death. His death was a shock to all who knew him, as Mr. Johnson had the appearance of being a strong, healthy man.
Johnson was born in
The funeral announcements will be made later.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Tuesday, December 4, 1906, page 14.
WELL KNOWN RIVER MAN DIES SUDDENLY
Charles Johnson of LeClaire Expired After Bursting Open Blood Vessel.
Mr. Johnson was running after a street car early in the day and as the result of too much exertion sustained a broken blood vessel. He walked back to a physician’s office and became unconscious and at the hour stated above passed away.
was one of the prominent river men. He
was a power boat clammer and had planned for an
extensive clamming season for next year.
He was born in
will be held Wednesday afternoon with services at the
The only time 11 was and captain, and Geo. Trombley Sr. was second. I am not sure, but think Sam Maxwell was head engineer and his brother, who was a good deal of dandy, was second. John Hanley was mate, Dan Hanley and I think Jake Berger, fireman. Jo Gallinor, if I remember correctly, was in charge of the kitchen. Bill (Muzzy) Carr and Geo. Trombley Jr. were running line, John Kim and Orrin Thompson were two of the men on deck and I believe the others were Hugh Sweeny, Charley (Windy) Johnson, Tom Malley and John Anderson but am not sure.
We built some little shacks on the bow of the rail and we put in considerable time down there. Some of the lads were quite small in fact they would only hold one person at a time. I remember Kim and Thompson had one in partnership and there was considerable maneuvering to see which could get the inside track and they used to work many sharp tricks to secure occupancy. Both were very much afraid of snakes and snakes were quite numerous that season. One day Kim was laying in the hut about half asleep and Thompson looking in said, “Look out for that snake Kim.” As Kim made a hasty exit Thompson crawled in and settled down for a nap. In the course of an hour Kim came by and hollered out, “Look out for the snake, Orrin.” And Orrin sort of grinned remarking that he wasn’t as big a sucker as some folks and leisurely turning over to resume his nap when he put his hand right on a big snake about two inches in diameter and about 4 feet long which was lying on the log right beside him.
Thompson and the snake both came right up thru the top of the shanty and demolished it so completely that they didn’t bother to rebuild more especially as they were both so badly frightened as regards snakes that they hunted the highest logs they could to sun themselves on and where they had a plain view of any snakes that might wish to become too sociable during the rest of the trip.
John Kim, I remember, was at the far end of the line as we stood along the bulkhead and just as we had enough to steady the jack John deliberately limped up to John Hanley to explain to him that he was suffering from rheumatism and that he could not stand to get in the cold water. John Hanley explained to him very briefly that he wasn’t hiring rheumatics and that it was up to him (John Kim) to get in the water right now, and he got. If he had stood still he would have been safe as he passed several to get to the front and was I believe the last man needed.--RECOLLECTIONS OF A. D. SUMMERS Collected From “THE OLD BOATS” Additional Information from Men Who Knew Them The Saturday Evening Post Burlington Iowa
Kem John 32 Laborer
Kem John Head 52 Farmer
Malinda Wife 53 None
Note: The Davenport
Democrat and Leader states the John Kem is from
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Sunday Morning, April 13, 1930, page 8.
JOHN W. KEIM IS SUMMONED
Well Known Ex-Resident Of
John W. Kem,
Mr. Kem was born in
the widow is a son Daniel Kem of
will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the McGinnis Funeral Home with burial in
The Daily Times, Saturday, April 12, 1930, page 2.
JOHN W. KEM, WELL KNOWN
John W. Kem, well known
Mr. Kem was born March 7, 1851, in
his widow are one son, Daniel A. Kem of
Funeral services will
be held Monday at the McGinnis Funeral Home.
Interment will be made in
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Tuesday Evening, April 15, 1930, page 17.
The Kem Funeral
Funeral services for
John W. Kem were held at the McGinnis Funeral Home at
2 p.m. Monday. The Rev. A. H. Ziemer officiated.
Burial was made in
Mrs. Harriet Basemann and Finley McGinnis sang “Some Day When the Shadows Flee Away” and “Beautiful Garden of Prayer.”
Pallbearers were H. B. Tomasek, Alfred Spink, W. S. Knapp, Harry Lancaster, S. A. Sargent and John Rippie.
MCCAFFREY JACK (JOHN) CAPTAIN
Capt. John McCaffrey, LeClaire,
Ia., was born in Ireland, 1842, son of James and Mary (Murray) McCaffrey,
natives of Ireland, who emigrated to the United States when the captain was a
mere child, and located in St. Louis, where he resided until his death, which
occurred in 1850. Mother died about the
same time leaving a family of five children, viz:
Mary (now the wife of Henry Spinsby), Phillip, Kate
(now the wife of George Tromley), Sarah, (now the
wife of Stephen Rhodes), and John. The
captain commenced his river life in 1856, as a raft hand, and he said then if
he got through with his trip he would leave the river, but becoming acquainted
with the life still prosecuted the business since. March 24, 1868, married Miss Sarah J.
Davenport, a daughter of A. J. Davenport, an early settler of
Photos by Bob Jones. This is the headstone of little Robert Adrian the son of Jack and Sarah McCaffrey who did not live to adulthood.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Monday Evening, July 30, 1917, page 12.
CAPTAIN JACK M’CAFFREY DIES AT BATTLE CREEK
Was One of the Pioneer Raft Pilots on the
McCaffrey, for many years one of the best known raft boat pilots on the Upper
Mississippi river, died Sunday at the sanitarium at
years ago Captain McCaffrey went to
McCaffrey was born in
With the decline of this industry Captain McCaffrey retired
from active river pursuit and moved to
had been in failing health for some time and last week was taken to the
Surviving are the three sons, Frank, Jack and
Duke and a niece, Mrs. Minnie McCraney of
The Daily Times, Monday, July 30, 1917, page 14.
DEATH SUMMONS CAPT. MCCAFFREY
WELL KNOWN OLD RAFT PILOT DIES AT
McCaffrey, well known raft pilot on the Mississippi River, who for years
McCaffrey was a well known raft pilot in the early days on the
McCaffrey’s first boat was the steam James Means which he owned and operated
for a number of years. Later he
purchased the boats owned by Schuenburg &
He is survived by three sons, Frank, Jack and Duke, a sister, Mrs. Sarah Rhoads and a niece, Mrs. Minnie McCraney. The body will probably arrive in LeClaire Wednesday.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, July 31, 1917, page 11.
services of Captain John McCaffrey, pioneer raft pilot, whose death occurred at
The body will
be shipped to LeClaire, the former home of the
family, where internment will take place in the
The pallbearers will be E. M. Sharon, William Chamberlin, T. J. Stebbins, Waldo Becker, W. D. Petersen and O. B. Grant. Bishop Morrison will officiate at the chapel and at the grave. Friends are invited to attend the services at the chapel, but internment will be private.
The Daily Times, Tuesday, July 31, 1917, page 7.
services of Capt. John McCaffrey will be held at 10:30 o’clock Wednesday
morning from the M. V. Boies chapel,
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Wednesday Evening, August 1, 1917, page11.
The McCaffrey Funeral
services of Captain John McCaffrey, pioneer raft pilot, were held at the M. V. Boies chapel,
Pallbearers were E. M. Sharon, Wm. Chamberlin, T. J. Stebbins, Waldo Becker, W. D. Petersen and O. B. Grant.
The Daily Times, Wednesday, August 1, 1917, page 7.
The funeral of
Captain John McCaffrey, the aged river captain, whose death occurred early this
week, was held this morning at 10:30 o’clock from the M. V. Bois Co. chapel,
E. M. Sharon, Wm. Chamberlain, T. J. Stebbins, Waldo Becker, W. D. Petersen, and O. B. Grant served as pallbearers. The services in LeClaire cemetery, where burial was made, were private.
MCCAFFREY JACK (JOHN) CAPTAIN
1880 Census Town of
McCaffrey John 37 River Pilot
Sarah J 35 Wife
Frank 10 Son
Henry 9 Son
John 7 Son
1885 State Census LeClaire
McCaffrey John 42 Pilot
Sarah M 40
Hankins Maria 18 Servant
Morning Democrat, Wednesday, September 4, 1957, page 6.
McCaffrey, former steamboat captain and a native of LeClaire,
has died at his home, in
(Unreadable) University and the
McCaffrey operated steamboats on the Mississippi River as a young man and after
the decline of packet transportation, operated boats on the
He is survived by his wife.
burial will be held in
The Daily Times, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1957, page 12.
Ex-Pilot On River Is Dead
Capt. Jack McCaffrey, former steamboat captain and a native of LeClaire had died at his home in Tallulah, La.
He was born in 1874 in LeClaire, and attended Northwestern University and the State University of Iowa.
Capt. McCaffrey operated steamboats on the Mississippi River as a young man and after the decline of packet transportation, operated boats on the Hudson, Tennessee and Cumberline rivers. With the advent of present day tows on the Mississippi, he returned as a master pilot with the Federal Barge Lines, retiring in 1945 in the rank of senior captain.
He is survived by his wife.
Services and burial will be in Tallulah, La.
MCCALL EDMUND (EDWARD)
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Wednesday, June 6, 1906, page 2.
William Nesbitt and Ed McCall who are employed on the drill boats visited last Wednesday at home.
1910 Census LeClaire Township Town of LeClaire County of Scott State of Iowa
McCall Thomas Head 75 Own Income
Margaret Wife 71 Wife
Edward (Edmund) Son 27 Driller River Steamboat
Eugene Grandson 18 Deck Hand River Steamboat
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Wednesday Evening, September 2, 1931, page 15.
EDMUND H. MCCALL, FORMER RESIDENT OF LECLAIRE, DIES
Edmund H. McCall, a former resident of LeClaire, Ia., died Tuesday afternoon at St. Anthony’s Hospital, Rock Island. He lived at 2516 Fifth Avenue, Rock Island.
Mr. McCall was 49 years old, the son of the late Thomas and Margaret McCall. He was born Oct. 9, 1991, at LeClaire, where he lived for a number of years. He was married Aug. 6, 1912 to Miss Florence Dearden at Clinton, Ia. The couple moved to Rock Island several years ago. Mr. McCall had been employed for the past 15 years at the Bettendorf shops on Bettendorf.
He was a member of the Christian Church and of Davenport Lodge No. 28, L. O. O. M.
Surviving besides the wife are one son, James McCall of Davenport; two sisters, Mrs. Mettie Smith of Onlaska, Wis., and Mrs. Sadie Carver of ST. Louis, Mo.; three brother, T.K. McCall of Santa Monica, Calif., J. P. McCall of Jacksonville, Fla., and David McCall of Chicago, and two grandchildren, Betty and David McCall of Davenport of Davenport.
The body was brought here to the McGinnis mortuary where funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire.
The Daily Times, Wednesday, September 2, 1931, page 2.
Edmund H. McCall, Former Resident of LeClaire, Dies
Edmund H. McCall, 2516 Fifth Avenue, Rock Island, and a former resident of LeClaire, died at 12:30 p.m. yesterday at St. Anthony’s Hospital, Rock Island, after a short illness.
Mr. McCall was born in LeClaire on Oct. 9, 1881, the son of Thomas and Margaret McCall. He married Miss Florence Dearden on Aug. 6, 1912, in Clinton. For the past 15 years he had been employed at the Bettendorf Co. Mr. McCall was a member of the Christian Church and the Davenport Lodge of the Moose.
Surviving are his widow, one son, James E. of Davenport; two sisters, Mrs. Mettie Smith of Onlaska, Wis., and Mrs. Sadie Carver of St. Louis, Mo.; three brothers, T. K. McCall of Santa Monica, Calif., J. P. McCall of Jacksonville, Fla., and David McCall of Chicago, and two grandchildren, Betty and David McCall of Davenport.
The body was taken to the McGinnis Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Friday Evening, September 4, 1931.
The McCall Funeral
Funeral services for Edmund H. McCall were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the McGinnis mortuary with Davenport Lodge, No. 28, L. O. O. M., in charge. The Rev. C. K. Gillum officiated. Burial was in Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire.
Fred W. Zabel, dictator of the Lodge, was in charge of the ceremony, and was assisted by Edward U. Meyer, prelate. Louis Koenigsaecker, accompanied by Mrs. George Westphal, sang “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” during the services.
Bearers were Arthur Veach, Elmer Kelser, William Pries, Charles Seward, Harry Langtimm and Bert Seward.
The Daily Times, Friday, September 4, 1931, page 6.
Funeral services for Edmund H. McCall were conducted yesterday at 2 p.m. at the McGinnis Funeral Home. Davenport Lodge, No. 28, Loyal Order of Moose, assisted in the services with Fred W. Zabel, dictator, and E. U. Meyer, prelate, in charge. Louis Koenigsacker, accompanied by Mrs. George Westphal, sang, “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and “Nearer My God to Thee.” Rev. C. K. Gillum, pastor of the First Christian Church, preached the sermon and officiated at the grave in Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire. Pallbearers were Arthur Veach, Elmer Keiser, William Pries, Charles Seward, Harry Langtimm and Bert Seward.
MCCAULEY JAMES “JIGGS”
Davenport Democrat and Leader, Monday Evening, May 18, 1942, page 15.
LECALRIE RIVER MAN MISSING; FEAR FOR HIS SAFETY
“Jiggs” McCauley, old-time riverman residing at LeClaire, is missing from his home and relatives fear for his safety, Mayor Ferd Meyer informed Sheriff Walter H. Beuse Monday as he asked assistance in locating McCauley. The man was last seen sitting on a barge tied to the river bank Sunday afternoon and some fear was expressed that he may have drowned.
The Daily Times, Monday, May 18, 1942, page 4.
“JIGGS” M’CAULEY IS MISSING; LAST SEEN ABOARD BARGE
James “Jiggs” McCauley, about 70, well-known LeClaire fisherman and former town marshal, was today reported as “missing.” -- “Jiggs,” as he is known to hundreds up and down the Mississippi river, was last seen at 1 p.m. Sunday, sitting on a barge anchored in the river near LeClaire, according to a report given to Sheriff Walter H. Beuse by F. G. Meyer, mayor of LeClaire.
No report of his whereabouts has been received, and it is thought he might have fallen off the barge into the river and drowned.
Davenport Democrat and Leader, Monday, May 19, 1942, page 15.
MISSING MAN FOUND IN RIVER NEAR LECLAIRE
Body of J. McCauley Recovered by Search; Discount Foul Play.
The body of James “Jiggs” McCauley, 72, long-time resident of LeClaire and veteran riverman, was found in 10 feet of water in the Mississippi river near the north end of town late Monday afternoon.
McCauley was the victim of an accidental drowning, according to Coroner W. A. Hoepner, who said that a gash on the scalp about two inches above the hair line apparently was due to a fall on a rock near the water’s edge.
The body was found by Louis McWilliams and Arp Gilbert, using clammer’s hooks; on their third drag about 20 feet from the shore line.
The coroner and Deputy Sheriff Joe Atkinson discounted rumors of foul play as the cause said that they believed that McCauley slipped on rocks as he was walking along the bank and fell, striking his head on a rock beneath the surface. He was reported to have been a good swimmer.
McCauley was last seen about 1:30 p.m. Sunday by Roy Gilbert who, with Orrie Hammond, was McCauley’s partners in sand barge work. Both Gilbert and Hammond are also residents of LeClaire.
Gilbert told authorities that he saw McCauley sitting near the railroad tracts which parallel the river and that the latter said he wanted to get across the river to Pt. Byron, Ill. Gilbert, who was on his way home at the time, told McCauley he would return with his son in about 15 minutes and take him across.
When they returned, Gilbert said, McCauley was nowhere in sight. They thought he might have wandered away but when he did not appear for work Monday morning. Mayor Ferd Meyer of LeClaire and later Sheriff Walter H. Beuse were notified. Dragging of the river bottom in the vicinity of where McCauley was last seen was then started and the body was recovered about 3:40 p.m.
BORN IN PT. BYRON.
McCauley, father of nine children, the youngest of whom is eight, was born in Port Byron, Ill., September 25, 1869, and had made his home in LeClaire for the last 31 years. On March 30, 1911, he was married in Davenport to Mary Myrtle Roberts.
Surviving are the window; four daughters, Mrs. George Kensinger, New Boston, Illinois; Mrs. Leslie Fullmer, LeClaire; Betty, Mitchelville, and Mary, at home, and five sons, Kenneth, Moline; Wilford, Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.; Russell and Daniel, both at home, and John, residing in New Jersey.
He also leaves two sister, Mrs. Mabel Nelson, Albany, Ill., and Mrs. Grace Roberts, LeClaire, and five brothers, William and Hope W., both of Rock Island; Sam, Davenport; J. A., Oconto Falls, Wis., and Cy, McGregor, Ia. A brother, Wesley died five months ago.
The body was removed to the McGinnis funeral home and at 11 a.m. Thursday will be taken to the Full Gospel tabernacle in LeClaire for services at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire.
The Daily Times, Tuesday, May 19, 1942, page 2.
Recover LeClaire Man’s Body From Mississippi River
The body of James “Jiggs” McCauley, 72, well-known LeClaire fisherman and former town marshal, today had been recovered from the Mississippi river.
McCauley’s body was found by Louis McWilliams and Art Gilbert of LeClaire with the use of a dragline about 4 p.m. Monday. McCauley had been missing since about 1:30 p.m. Sunday. His body was found less than 20 feet from the shore at LeClaire and deputy sheriffs found marks on the bank, showing where the aged man had slipped on the gravel and apparently had fallen into the river.
Officials said there was a cut on his head, indicating that McCauley might have been knocked unconscious by his fall.
Acting coroner W. A. Hoepner said there will be no inquest as death was due to accidental causes.
Born in Port Byron
Mr. McCauley was born in Port Byron, Ill., Sept. 25, 1869 and married Mary Myrtle Roberts in Davenport, March 30, 1911. The couple had made their home in LeClaire for 31 years.
Surviving are his wife; four daughters, Mrs. George Kensinger of New Boston, Mrs. Leslie Fullmer of LeClaire, Miss Betty McCauley of Mitchellville, Ia., and Miss Mary McCauley, at home; five sons, Kenneth of Moline, Wilford of the U. S. Army stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Russell and Daniel, both at home and John of New Jersey; two sisters, Mrs. Mabel Nelson of Albany, Ill., and Mrs. Grace Roberts of LeClaire; and five brothers, William and Hope, both of Rock Island, Sam of Davenport, J. A.. of Oconto Falls, Wis., and Cy of McGregor, Ia. A brother, Wesley, died about five months ago.
The body was taken to the McGinnis Funeral Home where it will remain until 11 a.m. Thursday when it will be taken to the Full Gospel Tabernacle in LeClaire where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire.
Davenport Democrat and Leader, Thursday Evening, May 21, 1942, page 15.
THE MCCAULEY FUNERAL
Funeral services for James “Jiggs” McCauley, of LeClaire, veteran riverman whose body was found Monday in the Mississippi river north of LeClaire, were held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Full Gospel Tabernacle, LeClaire, with Miss Edna Watson officiating.
Miss Watson and Miss Alta Suiter sang. Burial was in Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire. The McGinnis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Bearers were Robert Gilbert, Louis McWilliams, Robert Moore, Thomas Bagley, Claus Grapp and Ed Dreese.
The Daily Times, Thursday, May 21, 1942, page 8.
Funeral services for James A. McCauley were held at 2 p.m. today at the Full Gospel Tabernacle, LeClaire, with Miss Edna Watson officiating. Miss Watson and Miss Alice Suiter sang. The pallbearers were Robert Gilbert, Louis McWilliams, Robert Moore, Thomas Bagley, Claus Grapp and Ed Dreese. Burial was in Glendale Cemetery. The body was taken to the Tabernacle at 11 o’clock today by the McGinnis Funeral Home.
MC CONNELL JAMES
That season we had some very high water and on trip down we got into LeClaire just about time to change watch, so Little Jim and I told Mr. Carver and the other fireman (I believe it was Carver’s son-in-law Jim McConnell: that we would stay and cool her down and they could dress and be ready to go ashore as soon as we landed. They did so going ashore with the line….
You see we were victims of our own goodness as it wasn’t our watch at all. Little Jim and the Captain have been gathered to their father. Mr. Carver, Vital Burrow and Jim McConnell I have lost track of. Brig Shannon and Jack Bailey are living in LeClaire.--RECOLLECTIONS OF A D SUMMERSCOLLECTED FROM “THE OLD BOATS” Additional Information from Men Who Knew Them. The Saturday Evening Post, Burlington Iowa
The Davenport and Leader, Monday Evening, February 4, 1935, page 6
JAS. M’CONNELL, VET RIVERMAN, DIES, AGE 84
Native of LeClaire Succumbs in His Home in St. Louis.
(Special to The Democrat.)
LeClaire, Ia., Feb. 4.--A. B. McConnell has received news of the death of his brother, James McConnell, in St. Louis. The decedent was a fireman on river boats for many years. He was born in LeClaire and served first on Van Sant craft. In later years he had been a stationary engineer in St. Louis. He was 84 years old.
Photo by Sue Rekkas
The Daily Times, Tuesday, December 4, 1906, page 7.
LeClaire, Ia.,--Nov. 28.--John McDonald, employed several teams yesterday to move his household effects to Davenport where they will make their home. Mr. McDonald has lived here for a long time and is a well known river man.
The Daily Times, Wednesday, January 21, 1925, page 6.
JOHN M’DONALD, VETERAN RIVER PILOT, SUMMONED
John McDonald, 827 Brown street, for more than 40 years a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi river, passed away at 12:10 o’clock this morning at the U. S. Marine hospital in Chicago. His death terminated a lingering illness.
Mr. McDonald was born at Albany, Ill., on April 16, 1858, and there on April 16, 1883, he married Miss Louisa F. Underholt. He was a pilot on the Mississippi river for more than forty years, the last fourteen of which he was on the Lone Star of the Builder’s Lime & Cement Co. He was a member of Court of Honor and Camp No. 32 of Albany of the . W. A. He came to Davenport in 1907. Besides his wife he is survived by two sons, Harry L. and Ray L McDonald, both of Davenport, one daughter, Mrs. Orral Rivers of Los Angeles, Calif., two sisters, Mrs. B. L. Hanks of St. Paul, Minn., and Mrs. M. Ewing of Albany, Ill.
Arrangements for the funeral will be made on the arrival of the body in Davenport.
The Daily Times, Monday, January 26, 1925, page 6.
The funeral of Capt. John McDonald was held from the home, 827 Brown street, in Davenport, Saturday afternoon. Rev. M. A. Getzendaner officiated at the home and at the grave in Oakdale cemetery where interment took place.
The pallbearers were H. Goos, M. Hanley, Capt. F. Wilson, Edward Knochle, Capt. H. Witt and Capt. G. Case.
Photo by Bob Jones
Iowa State Census 1856 Scott County LeClaire
Age Sex Years in Iowa Where Born Occupation
McKee Almon 35 M 3 New York Engineer
Elizabeth 33 F 3 England
Emma 11 F 3 New York
Lucy 9 F 3 New York
Walter 8 M 3 New York
George 5 M 3 Wisconsin
DAVENPORT Daily Gazette, Saturday Morning, October 25, 1862 page 1.
DEATH OF A CITIZEN OF LECLAIRE--It is reported that Mr. McKee of LeClaire was killed by the rebels on the 18th inst., on the steamboat Gladiator, while she lay at Connell Bend, twenty-five miles below Memphis, loading cotton. Mr. McKee had resided at LeClaire several years where his family still live. He was long known to our river men, having long been engaged as an engineer on the upper Mississippi. We have received the following account of the manner of his death:
“It appears that several of them came on board the boat, the boat on which McKee was engineer, under pretence of being passengers and before the boat left the landing they stabbed McKee and the fireman, and were about taking possession of the boat when a gentleman passenger in reply to the Captain to know if there was any one on board who could engineer, said, “I will if it costs me my life,” and slid down the chain and commenced moving away from the landing, when the wretches got away, except two, who had to take to the water and swim ashore.”
1910 census LeClaire Township LeClaire Town County of Scott State of Iowa
McWilliams Alexander Head 56 Laborer Stone Quarry
Gertrude Wife 57 none
Grace Daughter 19 none
Louis Son 22 Fireman River Steamer
Photo by Bob Jones
Times Democrat, November 13, 1970, page 24.
Louis V. McWilliams, 83, of 1204 N. 2nd. Street, LeClaire, died Thursday in Mercy Hospital.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in the McGinnis Chapel, Bettendorf. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire.
Visitation begins at 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mr. McWilliams had been a commercial fisherman.
He was born in Cedar County, Iowa. He married Olive Suiter in 1917 in Davenport. She died in 1951.
Mr. McWilliams is survived by daughters, Mrs. Walter (Olive) Knapper, Long Grove; sons, Louis, Bettendorf, and Lee, DeWitt, Iowa; 24 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.
1880 Census Town of LeClaire County of Scott State of Iowa
Carter Thomas 59 Watchman on River
Eliza 58 Wife Housekeeping
Madin Nathan 14 Grandson at School
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Friday Evening, April 1, 1921.
RIVERMAN OF FORMER YEARS PASSES AWAY
Nathan Madin, Engineer on Mississippi Waters, Dies at Drexel, M.
Another of river’s picturesque characters, and a man long identified with the LeClaire boat traffic, has passed away. Word has been received here of the death at Drexel, Mo., on March 22, of Nathan Madin.
For many years he was on the Mississippi boats, and was well known in LeClaire. Death was due to apoplexy. Born in St. Louis, January 8, 1866, he was united in marriage in 1891, with Miss Jessie Wright of LeClaire.
He leaves three children, Mrs. Van Black of Drexel, Misses Jessie and Lenore at home, his aged mother, Mrs. Maggie Madin and six sisters, Mrs. Annie Kay of St. Louis, Mrs. Bertha Stiff of Davenport, Mrs. Blanche Light of Hampton, Ill., Mrs. Lillie Watkins of Pleasant Valley, Ia., Mrs. Lisa Stiff of Tipton, Ia., and Miss Grace at Drexel.
The Daily Times, Friday, April 1, 1921, page 11.
DEATH CLAIMS NATHAN MADIN, RIVER ENGINEER
Nathan Madin, for many years engineer on the Mississippi river boats, and well known in LeClaire, died March 22 at his home in Drexel, Mo., and was buried there.
He was stricken with apoplexy while at work cleaning his automobile and died in a few minutes. He was born in St. Louis Jan.9, 1866, and married Miss Jessie Wright of LeClaire June 17, 1891. She died Dec. 25, 1919.
He leaves three children, Mrs. Van Black of Drexel, Misses Jessie and Lenore at home, his aged mother, Mrs. Maggie Madin and six sisters, Mrs. Annie Kay of St. Louis, Mrs. Bertha Stiff of Davenport, Mrs. Blanch Light of Hampton, Ill., Mrs. Lillie Watkins of Pleasant Valley, Ia., and Miss Grace at Drexel.
He was a member of the Odd Fellows, Rebekahs, Modern Woodmen, Engineers organization and of the Drexel Club.
After running on the Mississippi river for many years he spent 16 years on the Yukon.
METZGER BENJAMIN CAPTAIN
1900 Census LeClaire Township LeClaire city County of Scott State of Iowa
Name Relationship When Born Age Occupation Where born
Metzger Benjamin Head Dec, 1863 37 River Pilot New York
Lelah wife May 1866 34 Housewife Iowa
Arther W son Oct. 1895 6 At home Iowa
“J. W. VAN SANT”
Stern-wheel rafter built at LeClaire, Iowa, 1890, by the LeClaire Navigation Company to take the place of the “Silver Wave,” worn out. The new “Van Sant” was 140.0 feet long and 30.0 feet beam, 4.5 feet hold; 228.63 ton. George Tromley, Jr., came out on her as captain and pilot and ran her for thirteen seasons, consecutively, with James Lyone, of Albany, Ills., as mate, James Steadman (Stedman) was chief engineer for a long time. Other officers who served on her for a short periods were Robert Mitchell and John O’Conner as masters, Charles Trombley as second pilot, Ben Metzger as mate and Frank A. Whitney as assistant engineer. She was owned by the Van Sant company as long as she ran. She was burned at Wabasha, Minn., while in winter quarters in 1910. -- Steamboats and Seamboatmen of the Upper Mississippi by George B. Merrick. The Saturday Evening Post of Burlington, Iowa, July 29, 1916.
Davenport Republican, Sunday, August 25, 1901, page 5.
Captain B. J. Metzger is home for a few days visit.
The Democrat and Leader, February 11, 1947, page 9.
CAPT. METZGER RIVER CAPTAIN DIES IN FLORIDA
Worked on River for 36 years As Captain of Engineer Boats.
Capt. Benjamin J. Metzger, 84, formerly of LeClaire and a colorful and well known river captain, died at
His home in Gardner, Fla., Friday, according to word received here.
Captain Metzger was born in Troy, New York, Dec. 25, 1863 and came to this county with his parents at an early age. On March 25, 1895, he went to work for the army engineers and worked for the government continuously until his retirement on January 1, 1932 when he moved with his family to Florida.
The Captain’s first job with the engineers was as a watchman, but he studied river navigation and finally became a master and pilot having command of several engineer’s boats. Most of his work was in what was then known as the northern field area and he moved from LeClaire to Dubuque to be nearer to the scene of operations. He also lived in Keokuk for a time. His last command before retiring was the steamer Elinor.
Surviving are the widow, the former Lelah Rambo, member of the well-known steamboat family, a son, Ward at home; two grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Julia Philips of Davenport and several nieces and nephews.
The Daily Times, Tuesday, February 11, 1947, page 10.
Word has been received by relatives here of the death of Captain B. J. Metzger, former LeClaire resident, which occurred Friday at his home in Gardner, Fla.
Captain Metzger was born December 26, 1862 and at one time had resided in Dubuque.
Survivors include his wife, the former Lelah Rambo of LeClaire; a son Ward Metzger, at home; a sister, Julia Philips, Davenport and several nieces and nephews.
The Daily Times, Friday, July 8, 1910, page 4.
Samuel Moore, an old resident of LeClaire, Iowa, passed away at 2:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon at his home in LeClaire, after a lingering illness of heart trouble and other complications. He was 73 years of age.
Mr. Moore was born in August, 1836, near Marietta, O., and served during the Civil War in an Ohio regiment. He was married soon after the war to an Illinois lady; and settled in LeClaire shortly thereafter. He has made his home there ever since, and was employed in the boat yards the greater part of the time.
Besides his wife, three sons and four daughters survive him, as follows: Samuel of Clinton, Robert of LeClaire, Hobart of Davenport, Mrs. William Slabby of Iowa City, Mrs. W. Young of Fort Madison, Mrs. Frank Sanders of LeClaire and Miss Bessie Moore at home.
The funeral announcements will be made later.
Leo Van Hein left Thursday morning for Dubuque to assist in the engine room on the steamer Eclipse, during the absence of Robert Moore, who is in LeClaire on account of the illness and death of his father, Samuel Moore.
The Daily Times, Saturday, July 9, 1910, page 15.
LECLAIRE, Ia., July 9.--Leo Von Hein left for Dubuque Thursday Morning where he will take the place of Robert Moore as engineer on the steamer Eclipse, Mr. Moor having been called home on account of the serious illness of his father.
MOORE WILLIAM (BILLY)
Davenport Gazette, Wednesday, April 2, 1879, page 1.
TOWN AND COUNTRY.
LeClaire, March 37, 1879.
The ferry boat will be launched today and commence operations. She has been thoroughly repainted and looks new and staunch. Billy Moore continues in command.
From Clinton Rivermen by Georgeann McClure
Moore rites on Thursday, May 4, 1932
Old River Captain’s Rites to Be at Home
Clinton Ia. May 4--Funeral services for Captain William Moore former riverman, will be conducted in the home Thursday at 2:30 o’clock by the Rev. S. V. Williams. Mr. Moore will be laid to rest in Oakland beside his wife, who died last week.
Captain Moore was born Dec. 16, 1851, in Pennsylvania. He came to LeClaire as a Boy and began his work on the river when he was about 13 years old. He was captain on various boats including a packet that ran from LeClaire to Dubuque many years. He had been retired 16 years. His marriage to Georgianna White of LeClaire was solemnized in Davenport in 1876, and they lived there until 1889, when he came here.
Captain Moore was a member of De Molay consistory here, Kaaba Temple, Davenport, and the LeClaire Blue Lodge of Masons, also the Odd Fellows Lodge of LeClaire.
The Daily Times, Tuesday, May 3, 1932, page 15.
Capt. Wm. Moore Taken by Death At Clinton, Ia.
CLINTON, Ia. May 3.--(Special)--Captain William M. Moore, pioneer riverman, died this morning in his home, 94 Twenty-fifth avenue, after many weeks of suffering with pneumonia.
He followed his wife by one week. Both became ill about the same time. They came to Clinton after their marriage in 1876 in Davenport. Survivors are two daughters and a son, Mrs. Hazel Campbell; Mrs. L. K. Russell, Clinton, and Archibald, Kansas City.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader. Tuesday Evening, May 3, 1932, page 21.
CAPT. MOORE, CLINTON, DIES
Follows His Wife by One Week; Ill Many Weeks.
Special to the Democrat
Clinton, Ia., May 3--Captain William M. Moore, pioneer riverman, died this morning in his home 94 Twenty-fifth avenue north, after many weeks of suffering of pneumonia.
He followed his wife by one week. Both took sick about the same time. They came to Clinton after their marriage in 1875 in Davenport. Survivors are two daughters and a son, Mrs. Hazel Campbell, Mrs. L. K. Russell, Clinton; and Archibald, Kansas City.
The Daily Times, July 30, 1926, page 28.
LAWRENCE NESBITT OF LE CLAIRE DEAD
LECLAIRE, Ia., July 30.--(Special)--Lawrence M. Nesbitt, 47 years of
age, died at his home at 10:45 p. m. yesterday after an illness of
short duration of gallstones.
Mr. Nesbitt was born in Le Claire Sept. 23, 1878, and had spent his
entire life in Le Claire and vicinity. He was known as Larry by his
many friends in Le Claire and Princeton.
He married Miss Cora Thompson, daughter of Charles Thompson of
Princeton in November 1905. He was a member of the Woodmen of the
World and of the Davenport aerie of the Eagles. He had been employed
for a number of years on government work on the river.
Surviving are his wife and his mother, Mrs. H. G. Noddle of Dixley,
O. Funeral services will be held from the home at 1 p. m., Sunday.
Burial will be in Glendale cemetery.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, July 30, 1926, page 11.
L. M. NESBITT, LE CLAIRE, DIES AFTER ILLNESS
Lawrence M. Nesbitt died at his home in LeClaire Thursday at 9:30 p.
m. after a short illness.
He was born Sept. 23, 1878 in Le Claire and received his education
there. He was occupied as a U. S. engineer on the government river
boats. On Nov. 29, 1906 he was married to Miss Cora Ellis Thompson at
Princeton, who survives.
Mr. Nesbitt was a member of the F. O. E. and the Woodmen of the World.
The funeral will be held Sunday at 1 p. m. from the late home.
Interment will be in Glendale cemetery, Le Claire.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, August 2, 1926, page 13.
The Nesbitt Funeral.
Funeral rites were conducted for Lawrence N. Nesbitt at the late
residence in Le Claire. The Rev. R. L. Whitmore was in charge at the
home and at the grave in Glendale cemetery.
The pallbearers were William Freehan, Leonard Holdorf, Russell
Brown, Edward Cassily, Carl Reinhart, and Harold McFate.
Photos by Robert Jones
1910 U S Census, Sate of Iowa, Scott County, LeClaire Township, LeClaire Town
Name Age Occupation
Reiter John Head 44 Fireman River Steamer
Eva Wife 44 none
Raymond Son 14 none
Davenport Democrat and Leader, Monday, November 26, 1923, page 15.
The Reiter Funeral
Funeral services for J. Reiter, who passed away November 22 at Mount Pleasant, Iowa, at the age of 57 years, were held Saturday afternoon at his home in LeClaire at 2 o’clock.
Rev W. E. Green officiated assisted by Rev. J.T. Stewart, Pallbearers were F. E. Speer, Clifford Stone, J. A. Teeters, J. V. Pollock, Edward Strohbehn and C. C. Hieman.
Interment was in Glendale cemetery, LeClaire, Iowa.
The Daily Times, Monday, November 26, 1923, page 6.
The funeral of John Reiter of LeClaire who died at Mt. Pleasant on November 22, was held at 2 o’clock yesterday from the home on LeClaire. Rev. W. E. Green, assisted by Rev. J. T. Stewart, officiated. Pallbearers were F. E. Speer, Clifford Stone, J. A. Teeter, J. V. Pollock, Edward Strohbehn and C. C. Hillman. Interment was in Glendale cemetery. Mrs. Reiter was 57 years of age at the time of his death.
“…Trombley, who didn’t need a second at all as he was practically on watch all of the time.
I really believe he averages three hours of sleep a say during the season and he had Aunt Sarah Rhoades at her wit’s ends preparing delicacies to tempt his appetite as she was not used to having her cooking turned down and it worried her. She used to come around at breakfast and say: “Now Georgie, what shall I fix for your dinner?” and “Georgie” would say, “Oh, I don’t know, just make me so and so” probably some little tidbit she used to make for him when he was a little barefooted toddler and Aunt Sarah would put in a good part of the morning fixing up fancy dishes only to have him say, “Yes, that’s nice and I appreciate it but I am not very hungry today,” and do you know I have seen him when he was “roistering” on the Silver Wave in the old days just grab the batter cake plate out of the slush cook’s hand as he came in the door and we didn’t get a cake until he had about cleaned up our daily quota…”
“His appetite was also poor and I recall distinctly how assiduously his Aunt Sarah Rhodes who was cook at the time used to prepare him little delicacies such as he liked when a boy to tempt his appetite and how he tried to make her think he enjoyed them.”--RECOLLECTIONS OF A. D. SUMMERS Collected From “THE OLD BOATS” Additional Information from Men Who Knew Them, The Saturday Evening Post, Burlington, Iowa
1870 Census LeClaire City Scott County State of Iowa
Age Occupation Place of birth
Rhodes Stephen 36 Raft Pilot Mo
Sarah 21 Keeps house La
Charles G 3 Minn
Mary Belle 2 Mo
Maham Mahala 10 Mo
1880 Census Town of LeClaire County of Scott State of Iowa
Rhodes Stephen 44 River Pilot
Sarah 30 wife Housekeeping
Glenny 13 son At School
Belle 12 daughter At School
Luella 3 daughter At Home
John 1 son At Home
1885 State Census Town of LeClaire County of Scott
Rhodes Sarah 34 W
Glenn 18 S Laborer
Belle 17 S
Luella 8 S
John 6 S
Goldy 3 S
..James and Mary (Murray) McCaffrey, natives of Ireland, who emigrated to the United States when the Captain was a mere child, and located in St. Louis, where he resided until his death, which occurred in 1850. Mother died about the same time leaving a family of five children, viz: Mary (now the wife of Henry Spinsby), Phillip, Kate (now the wife of George Trumley (Tromley), Sarah, (now the wife of Stephen Rhodes), and John.—“From the History of Scott County, Iowa 1882 Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co.”
The Daily Times, Tuesday, September 25, 1928, page 21.
Mrs. Sarah J. Roads, 75 years old, died at 6 a.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. B. Gordon, Moline locks, Rock Island arsenal, following an illness of five week’s duration with complications. Sarah J. McCaffrey was born in New Orleans, La., on Dec. 17, 1852, where she married Stephen Roads sixty-one years ago. Since that time has resided in Rock Island and at the arsenal.
She is survived by one son and three daughters, Mrs. J. B. Gordon, Rock Island arsenal, Mrs. James Duncan, Moline, and Mrs. Theo. Olson, Rock Island, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday from the Danielson & Furgie funeral home, Rev. W. G. Oglevee, pastor of the South Park Presbyterian church of Rock Island, will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside cemetery.
ROLFS CLAUS C.
1880 Census Town of LeClaire County of Scott State of Iowa
Name Age Relationship Occupation
Rolfs Maupeter 62 Farmer
Mary 47 wife Housekeeping
Claus 21 son Laborer
Henry 15 son at school
August 12 son at school
Mary 11 daughter at school
William 9 son at school
Fritz 7 son at school
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Sunday Morning, September 14, 1930, page 9.
CLAUS ROLFS, PIONEER COUNTY RESIDENT, DIES
Former LeClaire Resident Succumbs After a Prolonged Illness.
Claus C. Rolfs, 70, 739 Sylvan Avenue, a pioneer resident of Scott County died at 10 o’clock Friday night at the family home. Death terminated an illness of three year’s duration. Funeral services will be held at the home at 3 o’clock this afternoon, with interment in St. Marguerite’s Cemetery. The family requests that flowers be omitted.
Mr. Rolfs was born in LeClaire, Ia., Mar. 4, 1859. On October 14, 1896, he was united in marriage with Miss Kate E. Hanley, sister of Attorney J. A. Hanley, of this city.
His father, Mass P. Rolfs, came from north Germany to Scott County in 1851 and died here about 30 years ago. His mother lived several years later.
Five children survived their parents, viz: P. H. Rolfs, P. H. D., Brazil, South America; Dr. J. A. Rolfs, Aplington, Ia.; Dr. W. F. Rolfs, Mullen, Idaho; F. W. Rolfs, P. H. D., Stillwater, Okla.; and Mary M. Schuck, Aplington, Ia.
Eldest of Children.
C. C. Rolfs was the oldest of the children, and thru his efforts, his brothers and sisters all graduated at the State Agriculture college, Ames, Iowa. He furnished his brothers and sisters the money to go thru college and when this was accomplished, he was unable financially to take a college course for himself. A wonderful sacrifice he made for his brothers and sisters and in later life the money he had advanced was returned with interest.
P. H. Rolfs, brother of the deceased, for many years was at the head of the agriculture department of the state of Florida, and for the last 10 years has been in the employ of the government of Brazil in an effort to put that country on the same agriculture basis as the United States.
Started Life on River.
C. C. Rolfs started life like many of the LeClaire boys by working on the river, and he followed the river for many years in the employ of the Weyerhaeuser and Denkman line of raft boats as a clerk and watchman.
His services were so highly appreciated by his employers that they changed him from the steamboats to the management of their lumber yard in Davenport known as the White Yard where he was employed for a period of about 15 years.
Reared in poverty in his native town of LeClaire and by his own efforts he accumulated large property holdings in Davenport and owned stock in various corporations.
He was the soul of honor in all of his business dealings. He was a constant reader of the writings of great men and was also a student of politics though never striving to office holdings.
He enjoyed the confidence and respect of his LeClaire friends to as great a degree as any native of that community.
He was tolerant in all things and respected all forms of belief by others even though he disagreed with them.
After the death of his father and mother, his brothers and sisters looked up to him as their own father, and he guided all of them to success though sacrificing his own desire of obtaining an education.
The Daily Times, Saturday, September 13, 1930, page 2.
CLAUS C. ROLFS, PIONEER SCOTT CO, RESIDENT IS DEAD
Claus C. Rolfs, 70, a pioneer resident of Scott County, died at 10 p.m. Friday at the family home, 739 Sylvan Avenue, Davenport, after an illness of the last three years.
The decedent was born March 4, 1859 in LeClaire, Ia., the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Mass P. Rolfs, early settlers in Scott County. He was the oldest of the children and through his efforts made it possible for his brothers and sisters to graduate from the State Agriculture College at Ames. P. H. Rolfs, a brother of the deceased, was for many years head of the agriculture department of the state of Florida, and for the last ten years has been employed by the government at Brazil in an effort to put the country on the same agriculture basis as the United States.
Mr. Rolfs spent his boyhood days by working on the river and for a number of years was employed on the raft boats of the Weyerhaeuser & Denkman line. Later he was made manager of the White Yard where he was employed for 15 years. On October 14, 1896, he married Miss Kate E, Hanley, sister of Attorney J. A. Hanley of Davenport.
Surviving besides his wife are four brothers, P. H. Rolfs of Vicosa, in Brazil, Dr. J. A. Rolfs of Aplington, Ia., Dr. W. F. Rolfs, of Mullan, Idaho, and F. W. Rolfs of Stillwater, Okla., and one sister, Mrs. Mary C. Schuck of Aplington.
The body was then to the McGinnis funeral home and will be returned to the family home, 739 Sylvan Avenue. Burial will be in St. Marguerite’s Cemetery. The family requests that flowers be omitted.
1870 Census State of Iowa Scott County LeClaire City
Rutledge Herbert 25 Boat Caulker
Rutledge Herbert 25 Boat Caulker
Susie 18 Milliner
Old Times on the Mississippi
By J. D. Barnes
Port Byron Globe April 4, 1935.
“The next boat from the south after the Canada brought another installment of LeClaire boys into Stillwater. It appears that …and Herb Rutledge had been calking down at La Crosse, but business being rather dull they came up to Stillwater for the purpose of rafting, so the place was well represented.”
From LeClaire Rivermen by Georgeann McClure and Susan Rekkas
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Friday Evening, March 16, 1934, page 21.
Herbert Rutledge, 320, of 2527 Grant street, died at 5 o’clock this morning after a week’s illness. The body is to be taken to the F. N. Pape chapel today, but is to taken home late today. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon from the family home. Burial will be in LeClaire, former home of the decedent.
Mr. Rutledge was born in the east, but came to Iowa when a youth and spent many years in LeClaire before coming to Clinton. He leaves his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Lou Gerten of Fulton, Ill., and a son, Charles Klaes, of this city.
The Daily Times, Saturday, March 17, 1943, page 11.
HERBERT RUTLEDGE, PLAYMATE OF CODY DEAD IN CLINTON
Special to The Daley Times
(Special)--Herbert W. Rutledge, who died yesterday at his home here, was a chum of William F. (“Buffalo Bill”) Cody, and of former Governor Sam Van Sant of Minnesota. He spent his boyhood and early manhood in LeClaire and the future plainsman and governor were his near neighbors.
Mr. Rutledge was 90 years of age. He was born in London. Eng., March 23, 1844, and was brought to America by his parents when he was a child of three. They reached Davenport 87 years ago and the following year moved to LeClaire.
He leaves his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Louis Gerten of Fulton and Mrs. Charles Klaes of Clinton; five grandchildren, John Gerten of Clinton, Pauline and Rosemary Gerten of Fulton, and Charles and Mervin Klaes of this city, and a great grandchild, Peggy Rae Gerten, also of Clinton. Charles E. Russell of Washington, D. C., writer is his nephew. A niece, Alice Robinson of Davenport and several nieces in Minneapolis also survive him.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Sunday Morning, March 18, 1934, page 10.
Herb Rutledge Was Friend of “Buffalo Bill”
Special to the Democrat
Clinton, Ia. March 17.--Herbert W. Rutledge, who died yesterday at his home, 2527 Grant street, was an old-time chum of William F. (“Buffalo Bill”) Cody, and of former Governor San Van Sant of Minnesota. He spent his boyhood and early manhood in LeClaire, Iowa, and the future plainsman and governor were his near neighbors.
Mr. Rutledge was 90 years of age. He was born in London. Eng, March 23, 1844 and was brought to America by his parents when he was a child of three. They reached Davenport 87 years ago, and the following year moved to LeClaire.
He leaves his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Louis Gerten of Fulton and Mrs. Charles Klaes of Clinton; five grandchildren, John Gerten of Clinton, Pauline and Rosemary Gerten of Fulton, and Charles and Marvin Klaes of this city, and a great grandchild, Peggy Rae Gerten, also of Clinton. Charles Russell of Washington, D. C., widely known book and magazine writer, is his nephew. A niece, Alice Robinson of Davenport and several nieces in Minneapolis also survive him.
CAPTAIN JON SMITH AND THE ROYAL ARCH
In the spring of 1856 she was put into the run between Rock Island and Dubuque, together with the Greek Slave, the boats making a daily line between the two cities. Captain Jon. J. Smith, of LeClaire, familiarly known as Blacksmith, was in charge of the Royal Arch. Every old timer knew John J. Smith, one of the best rapids pilots who ever turned a wheel, many steam boatmen claimed he was the very best of the rapids pilots; and if it were possible to demonstrate such a preposition the claim might have been prove. In any case, he was as good as the best. Captain Smith was unfortunate with the Royal Arch, however, as she picked up a snag and sank near the foot of Nine Mile Island, below Dubuque in 1856, with total loss.--The Saturday Evening Post, Burlington, Iowa, July 13, 1918. Steamboats and Steamboatmen of the Upper Mississippi by George B. Merrick.