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    “When Mrs. Virgil Simpson of Prot Byron, Illinois asked me to put something personal on record for the Rock Island County Historical Society regarding the Rock Island Rapids, lamp lighting and river travel, I was thrilled, pleased and agreed to do so. The following sketch, edited by my son, F.J. Weissmann, will reveal the story of lamp lighting on these rapids and how the last lamplighter, my father, Captain James E. Maxwell, became a Rock Island Rapids Pilot and a Master Pilot on the Mississippi river in the service of the Rock Island District Corp of U.S. Engineers.
    Through much research of books written about the Upper Mississippi river, I have been unable to find reference to the oil lamps and lighting as an early aid to navigation on the Rock Island Rapids, a treacherous stretch of the river which extended from above LeClaire, Iowa to below Rock Island, Illinois, a distance of approximately 17 miles. This portion of the Mississippi River beginning with its early aids to navigation has been and still is an important part of my life and today it is vital to my family. I hope this trend continues.
    The lamp lighting along the Rock Island Rapids was synonymous with the Maxwell family in Hampton, Illinois. My grandfather, Richard Maxwell Sr., was a veteran of the Civil War and had re-enlisted twice in the Reserves while living in Iowa. After coming to Hampton, Illinois in 1884, he made application for the lamp-tending job in 1889 before this aid to navigation had been implemented. I have a copy of the letter grandfather received from the office of Light House Inspector 15th District U.S. Lamplighter Lily, St. Louis, Missouri, dated July 22nd, 1889 in answer to his inquiry to the job yet to be established. (Not shown.) He became the first tender of the lamps and these duties stayed in the Maxwell family until the oil lamps were replaced by battery operated lamps in 1917. My memory does not cover this period, but interesting stories of my grandfather and father do. These were tales of a routine, but also courageous devotion to duty, for their main concern was the safety of the river men and their craft, which plied these rapids at night. River Travel then was perilous and pilots throughout the region were aware of the hazards of these rapids. More than one pilot owed his safe travel at night to the Maxwell clan of lamplighters of Hampton, Illinois for they spared no risk in tending the lamps.
    These rapids remained a treacherous stretch of river until the completion of the nine-foot channel in the 1930’s. In 1922, a six-foot channel had been developed over these rapids by the means of locks and lateral dams, but there were no dams across the river and the smaller boats during high water by –passed the locks. Predating the six-foot channel, a four and one-half foot channel was maintained by the use of wing dams, which were built of rocks extending outward from shore in order to divert the flow of water into the channel. During low water they protruded above the surface but during high water they were submerged. The experienced eye could tell the wing dam’s position by the flow of water over or around them. This was important to safe travel.
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    “Grandfather had assistance from members of his family. His sister Mrs. Hattie Maxwell Ferman, of Hampton, Illinois, worked two seasons tending lights. Later, his son-in-law, E.B. LaGrange, of Hampton, helped on occasion. In the early 1890’s, grandfather took as his first assistant, his only son, James E. Maxwell, who later became Captain James E. Maxwell. At an early age father became an official employee of the U.S. Government and continued as such the rest of his life. Father’s pay as a lamplighter, was $90.00 a month and as a contrast to today’s pay periods, was payable every three months.
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    “Occasionally, but not often, these adversities spelled “mishap” and at times demanded fast thinking in addition to quick reflexes and stamina. On one occasion, father’s skiff loosened from its mooring at one of the piers while he was tending the lamp. Father looked around to see the current taking his skiff swiftly downstream. He quickly took his watch from his pocket, laid it on the pier, kicked off his shoes and jumped into the swirling water to retrieve his skiff. Father was a clam, collected person as well as an excellent swimmer; nevertheless, caught in a whirlpool, thrashed around by the swirling current, and hindered by his clothing, he became exhausted and went under. Had it not been for a fisherman friend, John Edelman of Hampton, Illinois, father would have drowned.
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    “The lighthouse tender ‘Lilly’ brought weekly supplies to father for his lamp tending duties. These lighthouse tenders were named for flowers. The side wheller ‘Lily’, a picture of which hangs in my home; the ‘Wake Robin’, a stern wheller; and later, the ‘Lantan’, a diesel powered tender.
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    Around 1750 the Sauk Nation settled near the confluence of the Rock and Mississippi Rivers. Around 1950, the "Tri-Cities" of Davenport, Moline, and Rock Island added East Moline and reintroduced themselves to the world as "The Quad Cities." BQC is an ongoing collaborative history of these two centuries of settlement "before the Quad Cities."
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