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Davenporters of Note: Leedon Hart

Leedon Hart was born on March 4, 1838 in Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee, to Anderson Hart and Parthena Jefferson. During the Civil War, he served in Company B, 60th Infantry of the U.S. Colored Troops. He married Juda Hart, his … Continue reading

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#ColorOurCollections Coloring Book & The Work of Patrick J. Costello

This week marks the always anticipated #ColorOurCollections Week started by The New York Academy of Medicine Library in 2016. #ColorOurCollections is a week-long coloring fest event at the beginning of February that supports the exploration and connections between libraries, their … Continue reading

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Cholera Scare of 1873

Cholera was not a new visitor to Davenport in 1873. A few short years before in 1866, Davenport suffered from an outbreak of cholera. The spread of cholera, as mysterious as it was at the time, has a simple explanation: … Continue reading

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The Old/Original Antoine LeClaire Homestead/Residence/Treaty House/Railroad Depot

Researching the home built by Antoine LeClaire on the site of the Black Hawk Treaty is quite a challenge.  There have been at least 3 different buildings in Davenport called “The LeClaire House.” There’s LeClaire’s 2nd home, the mansion built … Continue reading

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40th Anniversary of the Blizzard of January 1979

This blog could easily have been titled “40th Anniversary of the Winter of 1978 – 1979: The winter that would not end“. We are sure if felt that way to many people in the Quad Cities. In 2009, we wrote … Continue reading

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Davenport Inventors

Many of us don’t often think about how everyday objects came to be: washing machines, zippers, fire escapes, even the board games we play. But behind them all is a person with an idea. Davenport citizens have been responsible for … Continue reading

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Happy National Chocolate Candy Day!

We came across information that today, December 28th, is National Chocolate Candy Day. We aren’t sure how it started or who started this event, but we thought why not celebrate with advertisements from the past. This store seemed to have … Continue reading

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QC Christmas Trees, 1950’s Style

While looking through photographs from 1959, we came across one with a Christmas tree. Our curiosity piqued, we began looking for more local images from the 1950’s that showed different styles of trees and decorations. As our gift to you … Continue reading

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The World War II Homefront: A December test

While researching an upcoming blog, we came upon a reminder of life during World War II in Scott County we wanted to share with you. The evening of December 14, 1942 was important for people living in the State of … Continue reading

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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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