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Category Archives: Local History
Dudley Bell Priester was born January 18, 1923 in Davenport, Iowa to Oscar and Helen (Bell) Priester. According to the 1930 U.S. Federal Census, his father was vice-President of Priester Construction Company and his mother owned a gift shop. The … Continue reading
Sgt. Major Alvis Marshal Taylor, one of only two Quad-City area survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, passed away last week on Monday, January 16, 2017. Alvis Taylor was born on March 18, 1923 in … Continue reading
William F. “Bill” Edmond was born December 4, 1949 in Indiana, PA. His parents were Robert and Elsie (Sees) Edmond. He attended High school in Michigan and attended the University of Texas, El Paso. He served in the U.S. Army … Continue reading
Once again our J. B. Hostetler glass plate negative collection has yielded another fascinating image: a young H. E. Meier posing in his World War I Doughboy uniform. Herman Edward Meier was born to John and Christina Meier on July 21, … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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