Tag Archives: City Council

If At First You Don’t Know . . .

Sometimes all it takes is one misprint to throw our sense of history off for over 131 years. For at least that long, it was believed that George Colt was the first City Marshal of Davenport.  This was reinforced by … Continue reading

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The Davenport Fire Department: twenty-six years in the making

Whereas, the events of the past week have made it very manifest that a more expeditious method should be adopted of procuring water to extinguish fires than by hauling it in Casks on drays from the river; Therefore be it … Continue reading

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When Opportunity Knocks . . .

It is August in the Midwest and we all know without a doubt that the weather around here can be brutal (Heat Wave: 1936).  There’s no need to dwell on the heat or the humidity. So today’s post will avoid the topic … Continue reading

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Voices of City Government Past and Present

Since 2004, libraries across the world have organized events about freedom and issues that matter to their communities during the month of September. This grassroots project favors free over fee, public over private, and voices over silence.   Throughout the week of … Continue reading

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Davenport Boys coast to victory!

As winter snow blankets the Midwest, you can hear the cries of children as they careen down Iowa hills on their sleds.  In the late 1880s, children enjoyed sledding, or coasting, just as much–in fact, in Davenport, they not only … Continue reading

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