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Bess A. Gilley was a stenographer at Voss Brothers Manufacturing Company and lived on 5 River View Place.
According to an article published in the Davenport Democrat on 27 May 1914, Miss Gilley married Carl Vincent Hammer of Moline.
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In August of 1857, Iowans ratified their State Constitution, including Article IX, which established a popularly elected state board of education authorized to provide “for the education of all the youths of the State, through a system of common schools” … Continue reading
Who would have thought that a man from the small town of Muscatine, Iowa, would have been the first person to offer to raise African American troops to serve in the Iowa regiment during the Civil War? First, one probably … Continue reading
Are you having trouble researching your African-Americans ancestors before the 1870’s? Here are some tips for tracing hard-to- find ancestors back to the Civil War and earlier: The first suggestion is to locate your family in the 1870 Census. … Continue reading
Race is a part of all Americans’ history because we all have assumptions about it that affect how we relate within and across racial lines. For that reason, Outside In is a book for all Iowans, not just African-Americans.* Outside-In … Continue reading
. . .‘Guilty in the second degree.’ (Muscatine Daily Journal , 6Sept1876, p. 4) “Gen.” Houston, the murderer, on being arraigned for sentence, made a statement alleging that Kelly pursued him with an axe before he shot him—that the first … Continue reading
Part One On February 22, 1876 one of the first truly disastrous fires in Davenport began when fourteen buildings, including what was known as Hill’s Block, went up in flames. In less than two hours, a half block of Brady … Continue reading