Category Archives: Local History

Davenport’s Mary Solbrig: Believed to Be the Nation’s First Female Airplane Mechanic

In the early 20th century, The Pioneer Era of aviation began. The first powered airplanes were taking off, and men and women wowed large crowds at fair exhibitions with their flying machines. Among them was Davenport’s very own Oscar Solbrig. … Continue reading

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Turkey Notes 2018

We cannot believe it was ten years ago on this date that we published our first Turkey Note blog! Our blog, and many Thanksgiving tables, would not be complete without this local tradition. Our co-worker, Sarah, gave the best explanation … Continue reading

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National History Day Lab

Our first National History Day Lab is this Saturday, November 17th from 10:00am until 3:00pm.  Students, teachers, and parents participating in the 2019 National History Day contest are invited to discover the primary and secondary research materials available at the Davenport … Continue reading

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The 100th Anniversary of the Armistice to End the Great War

We would like to take a moment on this Veterans Day to remember the 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War. If you would like to read more about the local celebrations following the news of an Armistice, … Continue reading

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Enroll in the Winter Book Arts Academy!

Our first Summer Book Arts Academy this year was so popular, we decided to offer more workshops this holiday season! Winter Book Arts Academy is a hands-on workshop series offering community members an opportunity to learn more about book arts … Continue reading

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The Death of Claus Behrens: Whispers of Murder Part II

Please see Part I for the beginning of this story. After the Coroner’s Inquest declared Claus Behrens had died due to poisoning his wife, Christine Behrens, and their daughter’s new father-in-law Henry Bendt remained in jail. Both Christine and Henry … Continue reading

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The Death of Claus Behrens: Whispers of murder

The summer heat was already being felt in the early morning hours of July 17, 1897 when Mr. Claus Behrens reported for work at the Brammer Manufacturing Company on Rockingham Road in west Davenport. Mr. Behrens was known as a … Continue reading

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Main Street Library’s 50th Anniversary Series: Photo Gallery

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Breaking the Cornerstone: Demolition of the Carnegie Library

Once the largest Carnegie Library west (or north) of the Mississippi River, in the 1960s the Davenport Public Library faced an unsettled future due to developing structural problems. In the early 1960s, the Library Board requested funds to build a … Continue reading

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Main Street Library’s 50th Anniversary Series: The Children’s Library Wing

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Davenport Public Library’s Main Street branch, we will be posting here about the events that led up to the demolition of the Carnegie building and the decision to construct Edward Durell Stone’s … Continue reading

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