Daddy Doodles

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.

Joe R. Lane (1858-1931), lawyer; father of J. Reed Lane.

Joe R. Lane (1858-1931), lawyer; father of James Reed Lane.

J. Reed Lane, like his father, was also a lawyer and associated with many companies.

James Reed Lane (1889-1955), lawyer, son of Joe R. Lane.

James Reed Lane (1889-1955), lawyer, son of Joe R. Lane.

– G.W. French was president of French & Hecht and lived at Iowana Farms.

George Watson French (1858-1934), manufacturer, father of G. Decker French

George Watson French (1858-1934), manufacturer, father of George Decker French

– G. Decker French was president of Central Engineering Company.

G. Decker French (1887-1959), contractor, son of George Watson French

George Decker French (1887-1959), contractor, son of George Watson French

C.A. Ficke was kind of a big deal. See our LibGuide for more information.

Charles August Ficke (1850-1931), lawyer, father of Arthur Davison Ficke

Charles August Ficke (1850-1931), lawyer, father of Arthur Davison Ficke

– 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.

Arthur Davison Ficke (1883-1945), writer, son of Charles August Ficke

Arthur Davison Ficke (1883-1945), writer, son of Charles August Ficke

 

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