Author Archives: SCblogger

Volunteer Round-Up

Love genealogy and local history? Ever wonder what we do in Special Collections? Have some spare time? Come on down for our special interest meeting on Monday, September 21 at 11:00am. You’ll get a “behind-the-scenes” tour and learn how you may … Continue reading

Posted in Library | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boniger’s Fancy Chicks

September is National Chicken Month! It’s the perfect time to share one of our favorite photos from the Hostetler Studio Collection, Mr. Boniger’s prize winning chicken. Emil C. Boniger won many prizes for his chickens, as you can see from this … Continue reading

Posted in Local History | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

School Days: The new schools of 1940

Summer vacation has ended in Davenport as children returned to school this past Monday. We thought to celebrate this occasion by revisiting the Fall of 1940. Seventy-five years ago, many of Davenport’s students were entering the hallways and classrooms of … Continue reading

Posted in Local History | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Road Construction: Photographic glimpses of past projects

We once again are surrounded by road construction in Davenport. If you are planning on visiting us at Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center at the Davenport Public Library – Main Street branch between now and the end of December please remember … Continue reading

Posted in Local History | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

She’s a Real Go-Getter: Wilma Zabel at the 1925 Iowa State Fair

In late August and early September of 1925, Misses Wilma Zabel and Gertrude Koch of the Lincoln Township Go-Getters 4-H Club represented Scott County at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Their demonstration on the making of hooked rugs did … Continue reading

Posted in Genealogy, Local History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Rock Island Independents – Finding the Davenport Football Connection

This week as football training camps are about to start we thought to look back to one early local Illinois team. We felt sure we would find a Davenport connection. We found not only a Davenport connection, but a pretty amazing national football … Continue reading

Posted in Local History | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New LibGuide – Bix Beiderbecke

Our latest LibGuide covers all of our available resources on Davenport native jazz musician, Bix Beiderbecke. The new LibGuide can be accessed through the Suggested Research Topics page on our website. It lists everything from books, video recordings, audio recordings, sheet music, photographs, posters … Continue reading

Posted in Local History | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Great Iowa Traditions: Bix 7 Race and RAGBRAI

Two great Iowa traditions, one local and one statewide, meet in Davenport this Saturday, July 25th and we are all very excited. The local based event is the Quad City Times Bix 7 Road Race which will start at 8:00 … Continue reading

Posted in Local History | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Myths vs. Facts: The Life and Death of Schuyler Peck

An obituary for Schuyler Peck was published in the Davenport Democrat and Leader on July 14, 1925. Mr. Peck was a well known character in Davenport, but he died alone at the Scott County Poor Farm, with no immediate family to … Continue reading

Posted in Local History | Tagged , , | Leave a comment