One of our favorite books in our collection is A portfolio of cartoons as published by the Davenport Times 1912-13. As the title suggests, it contains a series of caricatures of prominent Davenport citizens that were published in the local newspaper just over 100 years ago. The cartoons were accompanied by short descriptive poems written by Irving C. Norwood.
While browsing through the cartoons, we noticed not only several successful men, but their successful sons as well. In honor of Father’s Day, we would like to share with your some of those pages (and another sketch from our photograph collection). We’ve added full names, birth and death years, and career paths below the sketch.
– Congressman Joe R. Lane of Lane & Waterman was also VP of First National Bank.
– J. Reed Lane, like his father, was also a lawyer and associated with many companies.
– G.W. French was president of French & Hecht and lived at Iowana Farms.
– G. Decker French was president of Central Engineering Company.
– Author A. D. Ficke was not included in the book like father C. A. Ficke. This etching of A. D. Ficke was made by Josef Pierre Nuyttens in 1914.
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