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 →
Someone once told me that everyone is born with a gift. It is up to us what to do with that gift, but if you have it, why not use it? As I’ve grown older, I’ve found that some people are born with several gifts, and they use each and every one to the fullest extent of their ability. One of these people was Milo Green.
You ever seen a building that’s been named after someone? Of course you have. We all have. It could be a business building, or an old house, or even a laundromat. There are all kinds of buildings across the United States that have been named after... Continue Reading →
The audience was in a great mood. They had just heard some fantastic music, and were ready for more. The management did not disappoint. Billy McKee came out from behind the curtain, his instrument in his hands. Billy played the bones, an instrument that went back into the mists of ancient history. Originally thought to... Continue Reading →
Last week, we learned about how southwest Iowa businessman Frederick Reese pushed to build the Corning Opera House. This week, stop over and see how and what kinds of entertainment he provided to the masses of southwest Iowa!
The Corning Opera House in Corning, Iowa, was made to stand out, and stand out it does! It's one of my favorite places in southwest Iowa, and I'm honored to be able to share some of its long history with you! Come over and see how it came into being!
The building stands on Davis Avenue in Corning, directly across from a park. On a street that is full of character, this multistory brick structure sets itself apart. Its exterior is covered in metal and stone ornamentation, and the name “Z.T. Widener” is etched into the building along the top. Today, many who... Continue Reading →
The day probably started out normally for most of the people in Corning. Nestled into the rolling hills of Adams County in southwest Iowa, they went about their lives as they normally would on that early October day in 1896. In addition to their everyday chores and tasks, many would have probably already been working... Continue Reading →