Category Archives: Local History

In Memoriam: Patricia L. Scott

Staff at the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center are saddened by the loss of our friend. Pat Scott passed away on Sunday, April 9th, 2017 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Scott Co. Iowa.  Patricia Louise (Bracker) Scott was born … Continue reading

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It’s Opening Day at Modern Woodmen Park Stadium, thanks to the Depression-era Dreams of the Davenport Levee Commission

Opening Day for local baseball is here! Yes, the Quad Cities River Bandits* will battle the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers tonight at the historic Modern Woodmen Park stadium as our minor league baseball season officially begins. In honor of the 2017 … Continue reading

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Walking Matches: A nineteenth century competitive sport

We have written about the competitive spirit of early residents of Scott County, Iowa in the past. From an early running bet to bike races, the residents of Scott County were always game to try new things. So it’s no … Continue reading

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Irish Resources for your St. Patrick’s Day Perusing Pleasure

Today being St. Patrick’s Day, we thought we would share some Irish resources. Special limited time offers for FREE access to genealogy websites pertaining to Irish Research:     AmericanAncestors.org     (all Irish resources FREE March 15-22!) Irish Genealogy Tool … Continue reading

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An Exciting Find: Iowa death records, 1921 – 1940

One of the roadblocks we frequently run into while helping patrons with genealogy and local history research is a gap in Scott County death records from 1921 – 1940. During that time, death records were maintained by the State of Iowa and … Continue reading

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Digital Learning Day in the Archives

In honor of Digital Learning Day, the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center is highlighting HeritageQuest, one of the Davenport Public Library’s research databases. There’s a wealth of genealogical information to explore and you can access it from home, for free, with your library card! How to … Continue reading

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Presidents’ Day

On “Presidents’ Day” George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are usually the first to be recognized, and quite logically so, since both were born in February. However, the spirit of the day can be broadened to include more “Presidents” of the … Continue reading

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An Unfortunate Valentine’s Day Blog

While researching recently, we came across what looked like a wonderful Valentine’s Day blog about love. It was only while doing further research we found it was more a case of love gone wrong. On February 6, 1920 The Davenport … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Dudley Bell Priester

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

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In Memoriam: Sgt. Major Alvis Marshal Taylor

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

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