- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Several people brought their old photos to the Bettendorf Public Library to have them scanned for possible inclusion in a new pictorial history book.

The hardcover book, called “Quad-City Memories: The Early Years,” will feature hundreds of pictures from the Quad-City region from the 1800s to 1939.

The Quad-City Times (https://bit.ly/1DP99SW ) is partnering with the Davenport Public Library, Rock Island County Historical Society and the Rock Island Arsenal Museum on the project. Pictures are being sought of businesses, social and sporting events, schools, transportation, recreation and celebrations.

Donald Shewry of Bettendorf came to the Bettendorf library on Wednesday to show photos of his grandparents, while Davenport resident Joan Schmitst brought a 1929 photo of her uncle posed with other workers at the old International Harvester Farmall Works in Rock Island, Illinois.

George Seaberg of Riverdale had several photos of his grandfather, who came to the U.S. from Sweden.

“He went to Augustana College and learned English because a janitor taught him English,” he said.

The book is being produced by Pediment Publishing of Battle Ground, Washington, and is expected to be finished by Thanksgiving. Its acquisition editor, Jon Shields, was available to answer questions and scan in dozens of photos Wednesday.

“We work with newspapers all over,” he said. “It is great for the preservation of the history and being able to provide keepsakes for the community.”


Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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