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Mississippi Ice Jam
This slow-moving crush of winter river ice was photographed from the Rock Island Arsenal in 1921.
According to newspaper accounts, these types of ice jams could take months to clear--just in time for the spring floods!
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Tag Archives: Resources
It’s no secret that newspapers can be a wonderful resource for history and genealogy, but many early newspapers—ones from smaller communities or with shorter or less frequent publishing runs— have remained secrets, or at least inaccessible, to the average researcher. … Continue reading
The Davenport Public Library subscribes to several electronic genealogy databases for our patrons’ research needs, including: Ancestry HeritageQuest Fold 3 Origins Genealogy Bank and Access Newspaper Archive You don’t even have to come down to our Special Collections Center to … Continue reading
Maps are fascinating glimpses into the past—but not always for the obvious reasons. Take this 1940s era plat book for example, which shows us what a modern and attractive home looked like at the time: This set of plat maps … Continue reading
Included in our Hostetler Photograph Collections is a set of glass negatives showing the former Miss Helen Kelsey Watts in her wedding gown, in which she married Mr. Homer Brown Payne. While researching these images, we located a wedding announcement, … Continue reading
Recently, we explained how we uncovered that the man we—and everyone else—had thought was the first City Marshal of Davenport . . . wasn’t. But this had us researching what the City Marshal—a position that no longer exists—originally did, and when he stopped … Continue reading
Imagine….. A donor brings historic documents, written in French, to the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center at the Davenport Public Library that were passed down through the family. Having no sentimental ties to the brittle, fragile papers, they bring them to … Continue reading
Donald and Marietta Southwood were both long-time supporters of our Special Collections Center. They worked countless volunteer hours indexing and organizing resources and assisting patrons with their research. Mrs. Southwood passed away April 1, 2005, and Mr. Southwood followed on … Continue reading
The Scott County Genealogy Society has added several new items to the Special Collections Center this month. We’ve been trying to acquire at least one history of each Iowa Volunteer Regiment, and these three books are welcome additions to our … 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
Davenport has had its share of inventors over the years, including Alexander F. Victor, who held almost eighty patents for his film projecting equipment; William Voss, whose washing machines brought laundry to a whole new level, and Otto F. Rohwedder;* … Continue reading