Tag Archives: Prohibition

By the Light of the Moon (Law)

When Iowa entered statehood, many cities were granted Special Charters to help them with municipal administration while the Iowa State Legislature was still trying to get off the ground. The Charters regulated everything from elections to street maintenance, city clerk … Continue reading

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The Early Bird Gets the Moonshine

Oh, there was always something going on in Scott County, Iowa, in the roaring twenties, from dance marathons to gangsters.  At times, the place seemed more like Chicago than a collection of small towns surrounded by farms. Looking back to January … Continue reading

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“One of the grandest soldiers the North had . . . “

While we take the time to remember and honor  the men and women of our armed forces who have fought to keep our country and people safe, it seems fitting that we also remember those civilians who have fought to … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Fairy Night

Imagine a fairyland of delights only a trolley’s ride away from the center of the city’s downtown,  a welcome escape from the heat, dust and smells of summer in a crowded river city. Imagine families picnicking in the cool shade … Continue reading

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The Free and Independent State of Scott

As has been said before here, Davenport was the home to many breweries and saloons in the mid-1800s.  This wasn’t a problem during the Civil War, when those of a teetotal inclination had other things to worry about.  But once … Continue reading

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History’s Mysteries: An Image of Prohibition?

While researching a possible blog entry about Prohibition and Davenport’s various coping mechanisms, we found an image in our collections that gave us pause: This group image of Thiedemann’s Atheletic Club was taken on April 12, 1933, at Thiedemann’s , a … Continue reading

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The Importance of Women

Without women, the Davenport Public Library would not be here today, and this space would be taken up with a lament on the city’s shocking illiteracy rates. Sure, Andrew Carnegie was the one who challenged Davenporters to vote for a … Continue reading

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