Category Archives: Local History

May, Memorials, Mothers and Memories

The month of May brings to mind flowers, mothers, and memorials to military members – some of whom made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Combining all three, today’s blog reflects on a few of Davenport’s Gold Star Mothers who … Continue reading

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The Latest Craze: The Locomobile is here!

May 2, 1900 found many citizens of Davenport waiting with great anticipation. Would it happen? Could it happen? All eyes were fixed on Mason’s Carriage Works at 122-124 East 4th Street. Their patience was soon rewarded. The day before, the … Continue reading

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The May Dawn Bird Concert

For the better part of the last century, Quad-City area birders looked forward to this day, the first Saturday in May, to enjoy the May Dawn Bird Concert. This unique springtime event was started by J.H. Paarman of the Davenport … Continue reading

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He “Spoke for the Trees” of Davenport

What better way to celebrate Earth Day 2021 and the flowering of spring than to feature this charming addition to our collection, the “Therapeutic Chart for Street Trees,” by Philip Hunter Tunnicliff. According to the author’s foreword, the chart was … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary Davenport City Hall!

Last week we posted a selection of close-up images of a local building that is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its dedication this week. That building is Davenport City Hall. From the opening of the eleven construction bids on December … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary to ??

April 14th marks the 125th anniversary of this Davenport building’s dedication. Look carefully at these selections from interior and exterior views of the building. Can you identify it and tell us where it is located? Let us know! Hint: Not … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Andrea (Pingel) Godke

We are heartbroken by the loss of our dear friend and co-worker Andrea Godke, who died this past Saturday, March 20, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Andrea Lea Pingel was born at 8:33 am on Tuesday, … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s Day

March 19th marks the principal feast day for St. Joseph, the husband of Mary and earthly father of Jesus. According to some sources, the feast day has been observed since either the 10th or the 14th century. The life of … Continue reading

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Ashes to Ashes: Iowa’s First Cremation

The Davenport Crematorium, or the Fairmount Crematorium as it is more commonly known, was the first crematorium in the state of Iowa. Located at 3902 Rockingham Road on the grounds of Fairmount Cemetery, this historic crematory still stands. According to … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Davenport photographer J.B. Hostetler photographed 22-year-old Amanda Ploehn and 18-year-old Wilma Barnes in the summer of 1918. Sadly, both young women died just a few months later during the Influenza pandemic. 270 residents of Davenport died as a result of … Continue reading

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