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Iowa’s 170th Birthday – Life in Davenport at the end of 1846

The State of Iowa turned 170 years old this week! Let’s have a look back at what was going on in Davenport at the time.  From the Davenport “Town” Council Proceedings for December 8th 1846: The big issues: amending the … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Ellis Kell

The Quad Cities lost a local legend last week with the passing of Ellis Kell.  Mr. Kell was well-known for not only his love of music, but also for his enthusiasm for life and the Quad Cities.  Ellis E. Kell, … Continue reading

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NATIONAL WEAR YOUR PEARLS DAY

The beautiful result of nature’s design and one irritating grain of sand, pearls have long been considered treasure.  National Wear Your Pearls Day on December 15 reminds us that when life throws dirt our way, we can still end up … Continue reading

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75 Years Ago Today: The Attack on Pearl Harbor

Sunday, December 7th, 1941 was a cold morning in Davenport. The morning newspaper was focused on the tense talks between the United States and Japan.   No one knew that life was going to change dramatically at 7:53 a.m. Hawaiian … Continue reading

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No Turkey Notes This Year?! Not Us!

You didn’t think we would skip our Turkey Note tradition this year, did you?! It’s just not Thanksgiving without those terribly written, yet still loved little poems! What? You don’t know what a Turkey Note is? Check us out over … Continue reading

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Today in Quad-City History: The Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge

If you’re like most Quad City residents, you don’t think about our bridges (unless with no small amount of frustration when traffic clogs things up.) It’s hard to think about not having bridges today, but on this date, November 18, in 1935, … Continue reading

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Veterans Day 2016: Images from the Great War

In honor of Veterans Day we have chosen to post a few photographs from World War I that reside in the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center image collections. Our first photograph is of Major Arthur M. Compton. He was born in Davenport, … Continue reading

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Election Seasons Past in Scott County, Iowa

There is a rich political history in Scott County, Iowa, as evidenced by these items here in the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. As the 2016 election season winds to a close, take a brief journey with us through some past highlights, such … Continue reading

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Henry Bastian: A serial murderer among us – Part II

Part I of this story may be found here. Henry Bastian’s suicide did not stem the flow of gossip about Frederick Kuschmann’s death in Rock Island and Davenport. In fact, according to newspaper reports, people began to wonder about several young … Continue reading

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Henry Bastian: A serial murderer among us – Part I

When 21-year-old Frederick Kuschmann was found dead on the evening of February 29, 1896, in Black Hawk Township near Milan, Illinois, it appeared to have been a tragic accident. His body was found along a local roadside by his employer, Henry … Continue reading

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