Tag Archives: Local History

What’s in a Name?

It’s really fun to find your ancestors in old newspaper columns, vital records and census listings. But what happens if you cannot recognize the name of the town they lived in? If it doesn’t exist now, how can you find … Continue reading

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Many Scores to Settle

Among our collections of genealogies and local histories, death records and newspaper abstracts hides a different kind of historical resource:  Musical scores. In Special Collections, we have several catalogued scores, most of which have local connections, from Davenport by Alfred … Continue reading

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The Weekly Outlook: featuring Miss Susie Glaspell

The July 25, 1896 issue begins to get more titillating as Banks’ POINTS OF VIEW segment berates the condition of the Scott County Jail, calling it an “abomination”, and stating it is “alive with vermin, many of these large enough … Continue reading

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The Weekly Outlook: Charles Eugene Banks

The second issue of The Weekly Outlook newspaper, dated Saturday July 18, 1896, highlighted a large bird’s-eye view of Davenport’s Tri-city Packing and Provision Company’s plant and grounds along with information on the company’s growth since its inception in 1893. … Continue reading

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The Weekly Outlook: Davenport’s Gilded Newspaper

Once upon a gilded age in Davenport there were so many clubs and such an abundance of cultural activities and interests that a team of optimistic young writers chose to start their own publishing company, creating a twelve page weekly … Continue reading

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Introducing Footnote!

Have you tried our newest reference and genealogy database?  Footnote is a rich resource of digitized historical documents gleaned from the collections of the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and other institutions. Are you writing a paper on the … Continue reading

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Credit Island: The Unknown Battlefield

In May of this year, the city of Davenport received a grant from the State Historical Society of Iowa to conduct an archaeological study of one of the Mississippi River islands near the Iowa shoreline.  The eventual goal is to … Continue reading

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Living Memory History: The Robin Hood Flour Mill Explosion

History is full of landmark events—world, national, local— which bring people together to compare notes: Did you see it?  Did you hear it? What were you doing?  Were you there? Those in downtown Davenport experienced their own landmark event around … Continue reading

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Winter Wonderland: 1909

Local children are currently doing their best to sled in the Quad City area.  The existing snow is beginning to wear thin though, with the fresh white blanket beginning to mix with the dark browns of soil and old leaves.  All eyes … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk Turkey (Notes)

It’s what you’ve been waiting for all year:  our annual Turkey Note blog post! Since we’ve pretty much covered the basics last year, we thought we’d share some staff-created, Special Collections\library-oriented Turkey Notes for the enjoyment of our loyal readers. … Continue reading

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