Georgeann McClure & Sue Rekkas
Nov. 16, 1936
Head of Princeton Bank, dies of Illness
Dennis, 88, president of the Farmers Savings bank at Princeton, Ia., and a
resident of Scott county since 1856 died at his home in Princeton, at 5:40 p. m.
Sunday, following an illness of two months duration.
He was a former member of the Princeton school board and on the town
council. As a young man he was
employed on the Mississsippi river as a lumber raftsman.
“On Sept. 12, 1875, he was married to Miss Caroline
Metzger in Le Claire.
was known ass one of the largest river shippers in the area at that time.
“Surviving are his wife, five daughters, Bertha A. of Davenport: Mrs.
Charles R. Rink of Los Angeles, Calif. Mae Dennis, a missionary, stationed in
Mainput, India, and Lettie Dennis of Des Moines. Three sons, Job Jr. Mr Pleasnat,
Ia. And Walter and Paul of Princeton.”
Services for Walter E.Dennis, 77, Princeton, will be 3 p. m. Tuesday in the
McGinnis chapel, Bettendorf. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Princeton.
Mr. Dennis died Saturday in veteran’s Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa.
Mr. Dennis, a riverboat pilot was chosen to bring the Draft Naval Reserve
Subchaser from St. Louis, Mo. to Burlington, Iowa.
He was born in Princeton.
Mr. Dennis is survived by a sister, Mrs. Julia A. Horn, Seal Beach,
Calif. And a brother Paul B. Princeton.
STEPHEN B. HANKS,
Published in the Burlington Saturday Evening Post
March 26, 1921- 1922
EXPERIENCE IN LAKE PEPIN
The boats were all made ready for service as soon as possible and the Galena to
which I was assigned left Galena on April 1, 1857, that being the date on which
the boats commenced to carry the U. S. Mail.
Our Captain this year was Wm. H. Laughton; my partner was Tom
Drennen; the clerk was named Cockran and Jim Hunt the first engineer.
Davenport Democrat & Leader
July 11, 1923
services For Resident of Princeton
Mail Carrier and Former River Man, is Buried Today
Princeton, Ia, July 11-funeral services for Franks Hants, for 23 years a
rural mail carrier here, will be held at Cordova this afternoon.
Mr. Hants died at his home at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon.
He was 61 years old.
Mr. Hants was born in Albany, Ill. May1, 1862.
At the age of 15 he secured employment on the river and on Nov. 18, 1896
he married Miss Annie G. Hull at Princeton.
For five years he was a railroad expressman, and later resumed river work
as a clerk and pilot. He was a
charter member of the local Mystic Workers lodge and a member of the Methodist
Deceased is survived by his wife, three brothers, Davis W. and
John L. of Davenport, and Len A. of Tacoma, Washington, and by two sisters Mrs.
Annie Metzger of Davenport, and Mrs. Hattie Smith of Quincy Ill.
Hanks S. S
S. S. Hanks first cousin to Abraham Lincoln, Mississippi river pilot for forty
years, and resident of Princeton for the greater part of his life, died at 4:50
this morning at the home of his son S. L. Hanks 1512 Grand Avenue Davenport by
reason of infirmities of old age. He
was about 95 years of age.
The father of
Captain Hanks was a brother to Nancy Hanks, mother of Abraham Lincoln, who the
captain had met on several occasions during the terms of his stay in the White
House. Capt Hanks was born in
not far from where
was born and in his boyhood days lived in
when he was 12 years old.
in steamboat traffic dates back to this seventeenth year when he took his first
ride on a
steamer, thereafter being taken on as an apprentice pilot by Captain smith of
”. Before he was 21 years he had
earned his pilot license and except for years spent during the gold rush spent
the remainder of his life on the
until his advanced age necessitated his retirement.
At one time he
became a pilot of the Gypsy, a circus boat that took trips up and down the
river. One of his brothers S. B.
Hanks was also well known as a river pilot.
He lived to be 91 years of age, dying four years ago.
Mrs. Hanks died six years ago.
four sons D. W. Hanks, S. L. Hanks of
and Mrs. Wilbur Smith of
. Four grandchildren and two great
grandchildren also survive.
Democrat & Leader
Nov. 27, 1936
Man Dies at age 86, in Buhl,
Lancaster, 86, a resident of Princeton for the past 60 years and father of
Harvey Lancaster of Davenport, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harvey
Stichter, in Buhl Idaho, Thursday. He
had been visiting with his daughter for the past two months.
He was born in
, Dec. 24, 1849 and in 1874 he married Miss Julia Yohn in
. For 39 years he had worked as an
engineer on the river barges and rafts.
The body will
Saturday morning and will be taken to the McGinnis funeral home, thence to
cemetery where short burial services will be held at 1:30 Sunday.
two daughters, Mrs. Stichter of Buhl,
; Mrs. Louis Morey of Le Claire; his son, Harvey of Davenport, and a sister,
Mrs. Mary Coble of
His wife preceded him in death in
Nov. 30, 1936
The body of George Lancaster
was taken from the McGinnis funeral home at 1 p, m. Sunday to the
for services and burial. Mrs.
Harvey Stichter, daughter of Mr. Lancaster officiated.
John Hire, John Suiter, Frank Norton, Elmer Carber, Charlie Shaw and Ed
Feb 22, 1931
of The Pioneer Days On Upper River
Sinking of Craft and Loss of Life Not Uncommon In Olden Days
At this time the little Jennie Gilcrest, towing two light barges was
doing her best to help but the situation.
One evening she left Davenport after 8 o’clock with two barges partially
loaded and several passengers. When a
short distance above the government bridge she had a break down on one engine,
and before P. M. Maines her
engineer had time to even disconnect it so he could even use one engine, he
drifted down, her upper works caught
the girder, and she turned over and sank with some loss of life.
Taps Sounded for Civil War Vet
P. H. Martin, Pioneer resident of Princeton, answers Final Summon
Princeton Ia. Nov. 22
P. H. Martin, one of Princeton’s oldest and most
respected citizens passed away at his home here at 4: 25 o’clock
yesterday afternoon from complications. Mr. Martin had been in failing
health for the past two years. He was
born in Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 19, 1840 and was 77 years, 3 months and 2 days old at
the time of his de4athj. He came
to Iowa and to Princeton in 1853 and with the exception of a few years spent in
Nebraska, had since made this his
home. He was for many years an engineer on the river boats, but for the
past 15 years had been retired from
active service. He was a civil war veteran, having served with the 20th
Iowa regiment, and was a charter member
of the Princeton Odd Fellow’s, No. 234,
Mr. Martin was married in 1866 to Miss Emma Ulam, who survives him
together with two children, Harry of Taylor
Ridge, Ill., and Mrs. Lydia Chapman, had been with him for the last four
months. Funeral services will be held
tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock at the home. Rev. L F. Chamberlin,
assisted by Rev M. Krotzer will officiate and
burial will be in Oakridge cemetery, Princeton.
Biographical History and Portrait Gallery of
1895: American Biographical Publishing Co
The subject of this sketch was born in
, May 2, 1821. His parents were
Esquire S. and Sally (Angel) Pope, who were also natives of that state.
Robert received a common school education, and after the death of his
father in 1842 he came to
and settled in
on a farm. In 1851 he embarked in
the mercantile business in
, but only remained there about six months.
He then moved to Le Claire and opened another store, carrying on a
successful business in that city for two years.
At the end of that time he moved to
, where he erected a large stone and brink hotel, which was the pride of the
village at that time, at a cost of five thousand dollars.
The first story, or ground floor, he used for his store, and the two
upper stories for a hotel. He
continued in the mercantile business until 1862, when he became the owner of a
most advantageous landing for boats, which was known as Pinnacle Point.
This was the only safe place for boats to land during low water in
. Mr. Pope established two
warehouses there, and was appointed steamboat agent for all the lines running on
the river. The old original line was
the Keokuk & St. Paul Packet Line, then the White Collar Line and then the
Diamond Joe Line. For more then
forty years he acted as agent for various steamboat companies, though he was not
actively engaged in the warehouse business until the year above mentioned.
In 1852 he was one of the trustees appointed to lay out the town of
, and from that time to the present he has always taken an active interest in
Mr. Pope was
united in marriage to Miss Angeline H., daughter of Bishop and Hannah (Comstock)
Stebbins, on February 25, 1852. To
them were born six children: Alvaretta married Henry Garber, Adelbert died
August 27, 1856, Clarence, also deceased, Frank married Miss Fannie James, Fred
is single and makes his home with his father, Winfield S. married Miss Ida
Beckel. Mrs. Pope died in March of
1885, and the following December Mr. Pope was United in marriage to Miss Mattie
G., daughter of Moses N. and Jane R. (Nichols) Griswold, who were natives of New
York. They emigrated to
in 1833, where they lived until 1859, when they moved to
. Mr. Griswold was a soldier in the
late war, receiving injuries from which he died.
Mrs. Griswold is still living and makes her home with her daughter, Mrs.
has served as an alderman in the Princeton City Council; also as township
trustee. In political matters he
affiliates with the Democratic party. He
is one of the old and highly respected citizens of
. He is a man of pleasing manners,
his cordiality being one of his marked characteristics.
He is liberal and always willing to spend his time, influence and money
to promote the interest of his town or the public in general.
Federal Census transcribed by Paul Pruden
Pope Robert 49 M W Boat
Pope Angeline 41 F W Keeps House . .
Pope Alvetta 17 F W At Home . .
Pope Frank H. 10 M W . . .
Pope Frede 6 M W . . .
Pope Scott 3 M W . . .
1860 Princeton township
Pope Robert H 37 M . Steam Boat Captain New
Pope Angeline 32 F . . . . Conneticut . .
Pope Alveretta 7 F . . . .
Pope Frank 1 M . . . .
The Daily Times
May 11, 1938
Rook, 82, a retired rivermen, died at his home in
at 1:30 p. m. Tuesday following an illness of nine months.
Mr. Rook was
and lived there during his entire life. For
many years he worked on various river steamers and was also actively engaged in
logging and rafting activities on the
. He was unmarried.
two brothers, Capt. John Rook, a former riverboat captain, and Frank W. Rook
The body was
removed to the McGinnis funeral home and will be returned to the family home in
where services will be held at 10:20 a. m. Friday.
Burial will be in
Democrat and Leader
May 15, 1938
services for Charles W. Rook, who died Tuesday, were held in the family home in
Princeton at 10:30 a. m. Friday with Rev. A. W. gable officiating.
Finley McGinnis sang. Burial
A. S. Allen, John Wilson, B. L. Morgan, William Brown, William Kevern and Thomas
Capt John Rook
The Democrat and Leader,
March 27, 1917
Capt. Rook, Colorful figure of Stagecoach and
Steamboat Days, Dies at the Age of 98
Rook, 98, Princeton, a colorful figure in the stagecoach era, died at 3:30
P. M. Thursday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jess Lego,
2333 North Eighth street
after a month’s illness.
Capt. Rook was
born on the family homestead along the Wapsi, Sept, 13, 1848, and moved to
with his parents in 1854. He
resided there the rest of his life.
At the age of
17 he drove a stagecoach carrying mail from Maquoketa to Osage,
He gave up the route after a few
years and began his river career as a laborer on a lumber raft boat plying the
Mississippi river from
to Beef Slough, Minn. He was made a
mate on two rafts and later was promoted to a full fledged river captain.
from the river service 40 years ago after having served as a pilot for 35 years
Until recently he had operated a small dairy farm at his home in Princeton.
Lena Ebert June 2, 1875, at
And the couple celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary preceding
the death of Mrs. Rook on Nov. 20, 1942.
two sons, John N. and Charles F. Rook, Princeton: two daughters, Mrs. Logo of
and Mrs. Frank Rook,
; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
A son and a daughter preceded him in death.
services will be held in the Mc Ginnis funeral home at 2 p.m. Saturday, with the
Rev. R. Bruce West officiating. Burial
will be in Oakridge cemetery,
The Daily Times
March 27, 1947
Capt. John Rook, Mississippi River Pilot for Many years,
dies at 98;
Funeral services are Set Saturday.
“ Lacking any
new excitement which Capt. Rook was constantly seeking., he abandoned the stage
coach run and like other adventure-loving young men of his time, he left
to seek gold in the west. Upon
he decided the country was too rough for him and he returned to
and to the stage coach run.”
The Daily Times
March 29, 1947
The funeral of
Capt. John Rook, 98, was held at 2 p. m. today at McGinnis funeral home, the
Rev. R. Bruce West officiating, R. M. Barclay was at the organ.
were Capt. John F. Suiter, Henry W. Boll, Allen Elliott, Zack Suiter, James Hirl
and Homer Brunner. Burial was in
Sue Rekkas researcher
Jan 30, 1967
Ex-Riverboat Captain’s Rites Are Planned
Shaw Sr. 71, Le Claire, a
riverboat captain for 38 years, died late Saturday night at
, davenport, after an extended illness.
be 1 p. m. Tuesday in McGinnis chapel
, with burial in
, Le Claire. Visitation will be at
the chapel after 3 p. m. today.
retirement from riverboating in 1952, Capt. Shaw was employed as an inspector
for Pioneer Central Division, the Bendix Corp. until 1960.
He was born in
, Dec. 11, 1895. he was a World War
1 veteran and a member of the Buffalo Bill Post, American legion, Le Claire.
marriage was to Laura Lake of Muscatine, in 1956.
wife, Capt. Shaw is survived by daughters, Mrs. Jack (Jean) Lyons, Le Claire;
Mrs. Harry (Wilma) Causey;
, and Mrs. Larry (Betty) Farren,
And a son, Daniel W. Jr. Sands Clara, Calif; 10 grandchildren; one great
grandchild; sisters, Mrs. Ray (Pearl) Carlock, Moline; Mrs. Andrew (Ada) Wieland,
Rock Island, and Mrs. Ray (Anna) Wilson Spokane, Wash; and brothers, Benjamin,
of Princeton, and Arthur, of Wheatland.
Shaw Henry A. (Dell)
The Democrat & Leader
April 7, 1947
Adelbert Shaw, 90, a life resident of Princeton and at one time a river captain
, died in St. Luke’s hospital at 6:15 a. m. Sunday after a week’s illness.
services will be held in the McGinnis funeral home at 3:45 p. m. Wednesday with
the Rev. Fred E. Motskus officiating. Burial
will be in
The son of
William and Elizabeth Shaw, he was born May 29, 1866; received his education in
the schools of Princeton, and was married to Julia M. Nay, Nov. 23, 1880, in
. She died Jan. 15, 1941.
five sons, Howard, Charles a.m. and Benjamin H., all of Princeton, Art W.,
Eldridge and Daniel W., Le Claire; three daughters, Mrs. Anna Wilson, Spokane,
Wash., Mrs. Ada Wieland, Rock Island and Mrs. Pearl Carlock, Moline; two
sisters, Mrs. Mabel Slichter, McCausland and Mrs. Maggie Chandler, Mr. Pleasant;
23 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
The Daily Times
April 7, 1947
Adelbert Shaw, 90, veteran Mississippi River Pilot, Is Dead
“Dell” Shaw, 90, veteran Mississippi river captain, and pilot, and lifelong
, died at 6:15 a. m. Sunday in St.
Lukes hospital after a week’s illness.
Mr. Shaw was
born in Princeton May 29, 1856, and married Julie Ney in
, Nov 23, 1880. She died Jan 15,
five sons, Howard, Charles A., and Benjamin H. all of Princeton, Art W.,
Eldridge, and Daniel W. Shaw, Le Claire, three daughters, Mrs. Anna Wilson,
Spokane, Wash., Mrs. Ada Wieland, Rock Island, and Mrs. Pearl Carlock, Moline,
two sisters, Mrs. Mabel Stichter, McCausland, and Mrs. Maggie Chandler, Mr.
Pleasant; 23 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
The body was
removed to McGinnis funeral home, where services will be held at 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday, the Rev. Fred E. Motzkuks, pastor of Princeton Lutheran Church,
officiating. Burial will be in
The Daily Times
“Pallbearers, all grandsons of the descendent; were
Marvin, Harold D., Arthur and Ben Shaw, Jr., Bob Phillips and Edward Harmon.
Boat Watchman .
of Princeton, Scott, IA 1860 Federal Census
Taylor John 27 M . Engineer . 100 New York
Cemetery, Le Claire, Iowa
1836 - 1917
Walker John 49 Ferryman
Democrat and Leader
Oct. 13, 1933
John L. Walker, Once
Dies at Home Here Thursday Following Five Weeks’ Illness
Lincoln Walker, 66, of
2123 Bridge Ave.
, died at his home at 4:20 a. m. Thursday following an illness of five weeks’
duration, the result of a heart attack.
Born Oct. 14,
, he was educated in schools there. He
was married on May 25, 1897, to Miss Emma Woomert in
. He served for many years as an
engineer on raft, packet, and excursion boats between St. Lois and
. His father, John W. Walker, owned
the ferry boat which operated between
In 1913 Mr.
Walker became an engineer for the Crescent macaroni company, which position he
has held since that time.
preceded him in death ten years. Surviving
are two sons, Earl of Davenport, and John 11 at home; three daughters, Mrs. L.
L. Potts, Miss Hettie Walker, and Miss Lola Walker, all of Davenport; three
sisters, Mrs. Quisenberry of Le Claire, and Mrs. Catherine Henry of Maplewood,
Mo; and two grandchildren.
The body was
taken to the Hill and Fredricks funeral home, and will be removed to
Methodist church at 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon.
Funeral services will be held there at 2:30 o’clock Sunday.
Internment will be made in Oakdale cemetery.
The Daily Times
Jan. 29, 1924
R, Walker, former steamboat engineer on boats plying the Mississippi river
between the tri-cities and Clinton, and more recently interested in the Sanitex
Cleaning & Drying Co. of East Moline, died at his home, 413
Fifty Third street, Moline, about noon yesterday.
His death terminated a long illness.
Mr. Walker lived in Princeton, Ia., until 1907, when he moved to
Davenport and after living here 13 years, moved to Moline.
He was born September 28, 1859, in Princeton and received his education
in the schools there and on September 5, 1988 married Kate H. Neumann.
For a long time he was employed by the Streckfus Steamboat Co. as an
engineer and made many trips between Davenport and Clinton in passenger and
freight work. After moving to
Moline, he entered the cleaning and dying business with his son, Carl Walker,
and held an interest in this company at the time of his death.
Those who survive are his wife: three children, Harold L of Davenport,
and Carl L. of East Moline and Mrs. J. A. Kinnander of East Moline.
One son was killed in France during the World War. Surviving also are one
grandchild; a brother, John L. of Davenport: four sisters, Mrs. Malvina Kirby of
Le Claire; Mrs. Kate Henry of Le Claire Mrs. Jodie Williams of Council Bluffs
and Mrs. J. H. Qutsenbery of Portland Ore.
Mr. Walker was a member of Cedar Camp No. 27, Modern Woodmen of America;
East Moline lodge, No. 969, A. F. & A. M., and Zal Grotto of Moline,.
The body will be moved to Hill & Fredericks chapel in Davenport
today. Funeral services will be
held there Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock and burial will be in Oakdale
cemetery. The A. F. & A. M.
lodge of East Moline will have charge of services at the chapel and Rev. C. K.
Gillum, pastor of the First Christian church, Davenport; will officiate at the
the waters that took you away, bring you back to me.