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Mississippi Ice Jam
This slow-moving crush of winter river ice was photographed from the Rock Island Arsenal in 1921.
According to newspaper accounts, these types of ice jams could take months to clear--just in time for the spring floods!
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May 12-18, 2014 is Children’s Book Week! Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. As children were among photographer J.B. Hostetler’s favorite subjects and books one of his favorite props, we thought we … Continue reading
Our maps have proven to be popular resources with our patrons. Whether you’re looking for visual information on your Davenport home, a glimpse of the city in 1857, your ancestral farm, the land that appears in your great-grandfather’s estate, the … Continue reading
Every year, our Special Collections Center is pleased to assist middle and high school students who are researching projects for National History Day. These projects require primary resources and a thorough understanding of the annual theme as it relates to … Continue reading
Last year at this time, we were taking pictures and blogging about the Flood of 2013. This year, so far, finds us nicely dry and warming up after a cold, snowy winter. But what attracted our attention this week when … Continue reading
The motto for National Library week 1961 was “For a Better-Read, Better-Informed America”. That year, the Davenport Public Library was featured on a half hour TV show, Spectrum, on WHBF. Both the Davenport Morning Democrat and The Daily Times ran … Continue reading
Helen Josephine Kohn of Davenport married David Sticker Gottlieb of Tiffin, Ohio, on April 7, 1913, at the Outing Club in Davenport. According to the next day’s Davenport Democrat, the wedding was lovely. The Outing Club Ballroom was decorated with … Continue reading
The Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center is pleased to offer two programs on Saturday, April 5th: First Do No Harm: Caring for your Family Documents will be held at the Main Library (321 Main Street) from 9:30 – 11:30. Learn how … Continue reading
Alvino H. Peña was born May 14, 1939, in Silvis, Illinois. He died on March 20, 2014, in Davenport, Iowa. In between those dates, he lived a lot of life and helped a lot of kids. The father of ten … Continue reading
It’s difficult to do any research about Davenport’s earliest history without finding at least one Germanic surname along the way. And once the “forty-eighters” came here to find a little peace from the ongoing wars in their part of Europe … Continue reading
On March 14, 1901, Jennie E. Grieve, former schoolteacher of the brand new School #11 (later renamed Taylor Elementary) married Alexander Shadbolt, the owner of a stock farm outside of Brooklyn, Iowa, in Poweshiek County. Aren’t they a lovely couple? … Continue reading