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This picture shows one of the original fireplaces in John Deere's Granddaughters home. 


The purpose of this site is to track the progress of building Historic Grand View where John Deere’s Granddaughter once lived at 1231 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. 


Referenced from the Historical Eleventh Avenue Walking Tour booklet published by the Moline Preservation Society -

             The home was built in 1897 for Charles P. Skinner and Mabel Cady Skinner.  Mabel was the daughter of Merton and Alice Cady, who lived next door at 1217 11th Avenue.  Charles was President of Moline Paint Manufacturing Co. and served three terms as Mayor of Moline. 

             As with many homes built on the bluff, the front of the home faced north.  The home’s large wrap around porch, later removed, was the perfect place to enjoy a spectacular view of the downtown city of Moline.  In 1901, the Skinners moved to the Deere house and Mrs. Skinner’s brother, John Deere Cady, and his wife, Clara, moved into the home.

             John Deere Cady was the President and Manager of the Cady Stone Quarry located on 4th Avenue and 35th Street.  The Cady’s were very progressive for their time as Clara was Treasurer and his mother Mabel was Vice President of the quarry.  The Cadys lived in the home until 1923 when it was purchased by Major Beverly C. Dunn and his wife, Helen.  Mr. Dunn was an engineer for the Rock Island Arsenal. 

             Willard Velie, Sr., and his wife, Anna, were residing at the home at the time of his death in 1928.  His widow remained in the house until 1930 when she moved to 1106 Ninth Street.

             The home was vacant until 1936 when it was purchased by William and Dorothy Hanson, a shipping clerk for the Mississippi Fly Corporation.  At that time the home was converted into three apartments.  (Written by Tony Castro)

Julie Albers
1231 11th Ave.

Moline, IL 61265

Contact Information

Phone: 309-236-1320

E-mail: info@historicgrandview.com


Historic Grand View 

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