Hard as it is to believe now, Scott County, Iowa, bordering the Mississippi River on the state’s eastern edge, was once America’s frontier. Before 1833, when the United States Congress opened what was then known as the Blackhawk Purchase to free settlement, nearly that entire region was as wild and untamed as anything the... Continue Reading →
Perhaps the most dangerous weather in the Midwest is the blizzard. Temperatures plummet, and the wind not only drives that cold through a person, but blows the snow so hard that they can hardly see. Many lives have been claimed by Iowa’s winter storms over the years, and H.V. Morrill was almost among... Continue Reading →
All marriages have their ups and downs. It’s not always an easy thing living with another human being. More than sharing space and material goods, living with someone else is also the sharing of moods and attitudes toward life in general. Like so many other things in life, these things aren’t always positive. No one... Continue Reading →
Breakfast was slightly awkward in the Hoskins household that cold January morning. John Hoskins and his wife, Hulda, had been arguing. While that wasn’t necessarily unusual, it didn’t make things exactly comfortable. All four of the children - Roy, 12, Merlin, Irene, 15, and Gladys, 18 –seated at the table could tell that John was... Continue Reading →
Winter driving can always be sketchy in the Midwest. Snow, ice, and plummeting temperatures can create dangerous road conditions. Almost one-hundred years ago this month, a Davenport man named Singleton Gardiner tragically found that out. Insurance Agent Singleton Gardiner was the superintendent of the Davenport division of the Prudential Insurance Company. He had originally... Continue Reading →
William Bettendorf showed a passion and talent for invention from an early age. Raised by German immigrants first in Illinois and then later near Leavenworth, Kansas, William was able to see first hand the daily struggles of the American farmer. At the age of thirteen, he set out on his own, working in several plow... Continue Reading →
Life in rural Clinton County could be hard, just like it could be everywhere else. But, for the most part, it was a good, clean place to live. It was a place that you could settle down with your family and not really worry about anything bad happening to you and yours. But, sometimes, the biggest threat to a family comes from within.
I've always admired people who could play an instrument, especially those who could do it well. In the 1800's, a DeWitt, Iowa pioneer used his musical talent to not only entertain, but build a small fortune. Do you have any ancestors who were musically inclined? Drop by and tell me about them sometime!
Have you ever seen a memorial or a monument to someone and wonder who that person was? I'm willing to say that we all have. Here is an unusual memorial in an unexpected place from my hometown of DeWitt, Iowa. After you read the article, please share some of the memorials that you've seen from your neck of the woods. I'd love to hear about it!