Danville, Quad City Celebrate 100 Years

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Danville Area Board of REALTORS® and Quad City Area REALTOR® Association Celebrate 100 Years

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® proudly salutes the Danville Area Board of REALTORS® and the Quad City Area REALTOR® Association on their 100 Year Anniversary. 

Colonel William C. Johnson 1916Danville holds a special place in the Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ history for in May 1916 Danville, along with four other local boards of REALTORS®, banded together as the Real Estate Association of Illinois. Their objective was clear: “to unite brokers, agents, and owners for the purpose of formulating, promoting and enforcing high standards of ethics with relation to transactions in real estate”.

Colonel William C. Johnson from Danville was the first president of the state association and served in that position for four years. Danville has provided IAR with many volunteer leaders over the past 100 years including a state president again in 1945, A.J. Mielke.

The Quad Cities played a notable role in the history of the REALTOR® organization by uniting associations and members for the purpose of protecting private property rights.

"The REALTORS® from the states of Iowa and Illinois have always had a common bond and have truly defined the principles of cooperation and association whether they are separate associations or one common association," said Michael D. Oldenettel, CRS, GRI, President of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

Davenport REALTORS® photo from 1919
Consolidation of the Davenport REALTORS® Listing Exchange with the Davenport Real Estate Board, 1919. Shown completing the merger arrangements are Roy R. Fisher, Sr., and William E. Hey seated; and Fred B. Agnew, Bert C. Frahm and Mel Foster standing. Mel Foster, Sr. was one of the founding REALTORS® for the two major real estate companies here in the Quad Cities (the other being Ruhl & Ruhl REALTORS®). Photo courtesy of the Quad City Area REALTOR® Association

Illinois Association of Real Estate Board's 7th Annual Convention, Oct. 1923, Moline


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IAR Salutes the Danville and Quad City area REALTORS® for 100 years of service to the community and the real estate industry!

Danville Area Board of REALTORS®
15 Ridgeview
Danville, IL 61832

Quad City Area REALTOR® Association
1900 State Street
Bettendorf, IA 52722

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