From his home in Elvira, Iowa, Captain Robert Lyons surveyed his property with his mariner’s telescope. A relic from his 18 years as a sailor and sea captain, Lyons still liked to use it on occasion, and what he saw on that day in 1851 surprised him. There, in one of his... Continue Reading →
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 →
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!
In April of 1992, some all-terrain vehicle riders were travelling near Hickory Hill, a rural pioneer cemetery east of Charlotte, Iowa. As they rode past, they noticed that one of the graves had been dug up. The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department was notified and began a prompt investigation.
Hello friends! Sorry about posting this a day late, but my new laptop decided to die. This week, I'm going to tell you about an artifact in a small town Iowa museum that saw some truly violent moments in our past. As always, I if you enjoy what you've read, please be sure to click you like buttons on Facebook or on my website!
The mural was old. The colors were still vibrant through, the lines still clear and sharp. It was simple – a farmer in his field, harvesting corn while his dog runs nearby. It was painted in a stylized design that is deceptively primitive. If you’re only glancing at it, it seems to lack any... Continue Reading →