Tag Archives: Davenport

Happy Birthday, Davenport!!

On this day in 1836, the City of Davenport was platted and named. In order to understand the weight of history behind that simple sentence, one would have to look back at least to the treaty, signed on September 21, 1832, … Continue reading

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We’re Number One: Davenport Firsts

We felt like bragging this week, so we’ve brought out a brief list of some of the statewide or national things that happened first in Davenport.  In rough chronological order:  The first locomotive in Iowa was delivered in Davenport on … Continue reading

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From the Archives: The Masquers

A recent addition to our Archive & Manuscript collection has brought to the forefront visions of Davenport drama and theater clubs. Davenport’s Friendly House was an early supporter of this creative outlet, first providing the venue for the “Friendly House … Continue reading

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The Fire Fighting Advance that Wasn’t

In 1899, Davenport was a growing city.  This concerned those responsible for public safety, not only because the city was growing out, but because it was growing up.  From a fire department’s point of view, higher buildings mean higher fires—and in … Continue reading

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Not Exactly Neighborly: The City Hospital Fire of 1860

Every city experiences growing pains along the way, and Davenport, Iowa is no different. As population and businesses grew during the nineteenth century the city began to adapt. Davenport’s city council realized early on that two medical facilities to treat … Continue reading

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Bridge Appreciation and the Diary of Benjamin F. Gue

While walking my dog along the Duck Creek Bike Path recently, I stopped on the little bridge that crosses the creek near our house and listened to the ice creaking and cracking as it was thawing. That brought to my … Continue reading

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Happy 106th Birthday, Bix!

As we could not confirm that Bix Beiderbecke ever recorded the “Happy Birthday” song, we present for your listening pleasure,  ‘Singing the Blues” by Trumbauer’s Orchestra.* May we recommend 1:25-1:40?  That right there would be the sound that lives on.** ___ * From … Continue reading

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Save the Date: Genealogy Night at the Library!

Never seem to have enough time to explore your family tree? Do you wish the Davenport Public Library were open a little later on the weekends so you could get all of your research done? Your wish has been granted! … Continue reading

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Heads Up! March SCIGS Meeting

The next Scott County, Iowa, Genealogy Society (SCIGS) meeting is on March 2 (this coming Monday) at seven p.m.  The meeting is at St. Paul Lutheran Church (2136 Brady Street). Non-members are welcome to attend.  Gene Eiklor will be speaking about … Continue reading

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Review: Outside In : African-American History in Iowa, 1838-2000

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

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