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Rhomberg’s: A Look Back at 80 Years of Fashion Forward

Rhomberg’s Fur and Leather Gallery, the last of the Quad-City furriers, recently announced that it will be going out of business, after nearly eighty years in Davenport. The family-owned retailer, which was established in Dubuque in 1907, was first listed … Continue reading

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The St. Elizabeth’s Tragedy: Part II of II

Please click here to read Part I. During the cold dark morning hours of January 7, 1950, St. Elizabeth’s, part of the Mercy Hospital Complex, had caught fire, placing 63 patients and 2 staff members in danger.* Before fire fighters and … Continue reading

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The St. Elizabeth’s Tragedy: Part I of II

In the early morning hours of January 7, 1950, as frigid winter temperatures were made harsher by a strong wind, Mercy Hospital night orderly Murray Francis noted an eerie light glowing outside. Shortly after 2:00 a.m., he activated an alarm. … Continue reading

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Reviewing the Year in Review: a helpful short(ish)cut

Any historian or genealogist knows how useful newspapers can be.  These primary resources are a treasure trove of information, from announcements of births, marriages, deaths, and scandals, to reports of elections, entertainments, and probated wills. Newspapers can provide information on … Continue reading

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Our “Special” visitors for 2014

In 2014, genealogists and history researchers came from all over the country to the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center, to use our wonderful resources. We also had email and hone requests come in from all over the world! They came from … Continue reading

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Holiday Hotel Menus – 1895 Dining

This past Thanksgiving we explored new and interesting recipes to prepare for a holiday meal. We still wonder if anyone created some of the dishes we suggested. If not, there is still time to shop for ingredients to surprise your … Continue reading

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New Resource! Gale Genealogy Connect : Native American

The Main Street location of the Davenport Public Library will be closed until December 26th for renovations.  That means our Special Collections Center will also be closed. You will still be able to access all the genealogical and local history … Continue reading

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Now Online! The Index to Scott County, Iowa Cemetery Records!

The Main Street location of the Davenport Public Library will be closed until December 26th for renovations.  That means our Special Collections Center will also be closed. You will still be able to access all the genealogical and local history … Continue reading

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The Beginning of Mercy

On December 7, 1869 the first patient entered the new Mercy Hospital situated on the outskirts of Davenport. Started by the Order of the Sisters of Mercy , the hospital and its grounds would play a pivotal role in the … Continue reading

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Turkey Notes of Note!

It’s time to take out our stash of colored paper and puns and write those Turkey Notes! Luckily, the weather is conspiring to keep us all indoors this week, so you should have plenty of time to lovingly craft a special … Continue reading

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