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- How did people keep cool before air-conditioning was invented?
In the 1890s, they used the River!
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October 14 – SECOND SUNDAY – The Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center of the Davenport Public Library offers Genealogy Night 4 – 9 p.m. Evening meal and refreshments included. A fee of $10 payable in advance secures your reservation. Funds raised … Continue reading
Each department at the Davenport Public Library is valued, and the month of October affords an opportunity to celebrate the 30th birthday of one gem in particular – the hidden pearl in the Main Street Library – the Richardson-Sloane Special … Continue reading
Advertising can be a hit-or-miss business sometimes. Some ads click with readers or viewers while others leave them simply unimpressed, or worse, make a negative connection to the object being advertised. We recently ran across the advertisement below in the … Continue reading
One hundred years ago, there weren’t a lot of options for widowed mothers who needed help caring for their children. In Iowa and parts of Illinois, if a judge felt that the mother could not provide for her family, the … Continue reading
In September of 1910, the manufacturers of Davenport held the first “Made in Davenport” Exposition from Monday, September 12 to the following Saturday evening. According to an article in the Davenport Democrat on September 11, an ‘army of carpenters … Continue reading
Fall of 1862 found the citizens of Davenport and Scott County adjusting to daily life during wartime. The Draft of August had been answered by eligible volunteers and those men were leaving home to join the Union cause. Women, children, … Continue reading
In August of 1862, the Civil War continued to rage and the Union began to experience a shortage of soldiers as enlistment rates dropped. Various factors were behind the declining numbers of recruits, including the realization that the war was … Continue reading
Most people know famous Davenporters by name, but can you name them by their photographs? The answers are at the end—let us know how you did in the comments! __________________________________ A. The son of the man who established the first … Continue reading
We’re pleased to announce that the following Wheatland, Iowa, newspapers have been added to our microfilm collections: The Wheatland Times — 11Feb1860 – 30June1864 The Clinton County Advocate — 3Nov1864 – 6June1867 The Wheatland Gazette — 9May1888 – 23July1981 The … Continue reading