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The Scott County Community Memory Project was funded by IMLS grant #LG-27-19-0224-19 to collect and preserve the history of rural Scott County, Iowa. Individuals and organizations agreed to give the Scott County Library System a digital copy of these items to provide public access to important local history.



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Karla Warnecke Burt was one of Albert and Billie Warnecke’s eight children that grew up in the apartment above the Walcott General Store, located at the northeast corner of Main and Lincoln streets in Walcott, IA. It became the family business when Karla’s grandfather, Karl Warnecke, who had been working in a store in Eldridge, came to work at the farmer-owned Walcott Cooperative in the winter of 1936-1937. In 1938 the farmers decided to sell, and Karl purchased the store. He re-named it...
Topics: General stores, Chiropractors, Warnecke, Karl, Warnecke, Albert Karl, Warnecke, Billie Yvonne,...
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James Varcho worked on M42 40 mm Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Guns, also called "Dusters" during the Vietnam War. He worked as a track mechanic for the 5/2 Air Defense Artillery Battalion. They had 64 Dusters in the III Corps that were used for convoy and fire support base protection. This picture shows a duster that got caught up on an ant hill. It required four dusters and a recovery vehicle to free it.
Topics: Varcho, James, Vietnam War, 1961-1975, Antiaircraft guns, Artillery (Weaponry)
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The President  landing at the Rock Island, IL levee and a ticket for the President Riverboat Casino. The President,  originally named the  Cincinnati ,   was a side wheel packet built in Midland, PA and completed at Cincinnati in 1924.  In 1934 she received an entirely new superstructure, was renamed the President and became an excursion boat at New Orleans. Later she traveled to other cities for excursions. Captain Verne Streckfus was the manager for many years. According to an article in...
Topics: Boats, Steamboats, Side wheelers, Sightseers, Streckfus, Verne, Connelly, John
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Stern wheeler Eclipse pushing a raft of logs on the river.  There are men standing on the logs and people on the deck. The Eclipse was built in LeClaire, IA for Captain John Lancaster in 1882. She was first used as a rafter, then later entered into the packet trade between Davenport and Clinton but was not successful because a street car line had opened between the two cities. See the next pages of this PDF for more information. This information and  the photos are included in a poster...
Topics: Boats, Steamboats, Stern wheelers, Log rafts, Lancaster, John, Streckfus, John
A photo of the men who were part of the Packing Department of the Dewey-Portland Cement Company along with their names. The Dewey-Portland Cement plant was built along Highway 22 near Buffalo, IA and opened in 1927.  According to the book Buffalo, Then and Now, it brought the modern age to Buffalo in the form of mass production. By 1951 the majority of the working population of Buffalo was employed at Dewey-Portland. In 1957 the land it is on was annexed by the town. In 1962, Dewey-Portland...
Topics: Cribbs, Booker, Coleman, Awbrey, Guy, Henry, Wrage, Elmer, Pettie,, Cribbs, Jethro, Dimick, Harry,...
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A scrapbook that includes photos, letters, articles and other documents concerning the Boll family and their grocery store business in Princeton, IA. Some items included are Selma Stadtmueller Boll's teacher training certificate and her teacher's contract for the Independent District No. 1 of Princeton, dated September 1924. Also included is a report of the "U.S. Public Debt" as of January 8, 1936, typed on H.W. Boll letterhead along with certificates of shares purchased by H.W. Boll...
Topics: Grocery stores, Community centers, Boll, Henry W.(Heinie), Boll, Merlin, Boll, Selma Stadtmueller,...
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The steamboat Ellen at the dedication of the Mark Twain Bridge in Hannibal, MO. Ellen was built in LaCrosse, WI in 1907 and owned by Sawyer Austin Lumber Co. of LaCrosse. W. W. Cargill, of this company, used her part time as a rafter and for pleasure.  Ellen was bought by USE, Rock Island, IL and during the 1930s, Captain John F. Suiter was her master. He raised his family in a home on River Drive in Princeton, IA. He was the grandson of Phil Suiter who came to LeClaire in 1835. Phil learned...
Topics: Boats, Steamboats, Stern wheelers, Log rafts, Rivers, Suiter, John F., Suiter, Phil, Cargill, W....
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The steamboat President being built on the hull of the Cincinnati at St. Louis, MO in 1933. She was a side wheel packet built in Midland, PA and completed at Cincinnati in 1924.  In 1934 she received an entirely new superstructure, was renamed the President and became an excursion boat at New Orleans. Later she traveled to other cities for excursions. Captain Verne Streckfus was the manager for many years. According to an article in the Quad City Times by Bill Wundram, dated June 29, 2015, the...
Topics: Boats, Steamboats, Side wheelers, Sightseers, Streckfus, Verne, Connelly, John
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Nancy Boll Holdorf documents her memories of growing up in Maysville, IA as the daughter of the owners of Boll's General Store, Roland and Loretta Boll.  She describes different parts in the store including the pipe room, glass room, school book room, hand operated elevator, vinegar barrels in the basement, feed shed, walk-in cooler, and the chicken barn. Other memories describe social events such as Wednesday night outdoor movies shown on Roehlk's barn and children ice skating on the pond...
Topics: General stores, Ferris, Ruby, Klindt, Henry Sr., Klindt, Henry Jr., Schulz, Henry, Meyer, Grover,...
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The North Scott Future Farmers of America scrapbook for 2010 through 2011. The scrapbook includes information and photos of programs and activities, awards, etc. According to the North Scott Agricultural Department and FFA website, the North Scott FFA began when vocational agricultural was dropped at Bettendorf High School in 1957. The first North Scott Agriculture Advisor was Keith Schmidt in 1958. 
Topics: Farming, Agriculture, Student organizations, Clubs
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Shirley Kreiter Baustian grew up on a farm on Jersey Ridge Road, north of Davenport, IA. She attended school at nearby Lau School from 1st through 8th grade. Memories from school include walking home and playing in deep snow banks along the road, no indoor plumbing, and a stove to heat the room. She recalls bringing a raw potato, setting it on the stovetop when she arrived, then by lunch time, having a hot baked potato to eat for lunch. She attended 9th grade at Sudlow Jr. High in Davenport,...
Topics: Baustian, Shirley Kreiter, Baustian, Don, Schools, One-room schools, Beauty contests, 4-H clubs,...
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An early view of a street in Long Grove. The view includes two houses on the left with trees along a fence line, and one house at the end of a narrow dirt road.
Topic: Residential streets
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Scrapbook #3 documents the activities of the Brownlie Sod House, Questers, Chapter 1229, during the years 1999-2005. The book begins with a picture of the new sign for the Alexander Brownlie Sod House that was dedicated to Marlene Lage, organizer and charter member of Chapter 1229, who passed away in 1997. There are pictures of the local monthly meetings held throughout that time frame, along with newspaper clippings that report on each meeting. There is information about the election of...
Topics: Organizations, Antiques, Brownlie, Alexander, Lage, Marlene, Schreck, Sue, Carlin, Jean, Nagel,...
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James Varcho attending a "Bob Hope Show" at Long Binh Post during the Vietnam War. James worked as a track mechanic for the 5/2 Air Defense Artillery Battalion during the Vietnam War.
Topics: Varcho, James, Hope, Bob, Vietnam War, 1961-1975, Entertainment
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A full transcript can be downloaded as a PDF, found on the right hand side of this page. Jeanette Elizabeth Hendes Rohwer Keppy was born December 2, 1919 on a farm near Charlotte, Iowa to Arthur Hendes and Florence Seeser Hendes. They later moved to a different farm near Walcott. She attended a one room school, a two mile walk from their farm, through 8th grade. For 9th and 10th grade she attended school in Walcott, and for 11th and 12th she attended Davenport High School, graduating in 1937....
Topics: Keppy, Jeanette, Reese, Pat, Schools, Post offices, Bars, Rowher's Tavern, Dixon, Iowa
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The steamboat Delta Queen as it is under construction in Stockton, CA in 1926. The steel work was fabricated in Glasgow, Scotland, then sent by steamship to California. The Delta Queen and its sister boat, Delta King , were the most expensive river sternwheelers in existence at the time, costing $875,000 each. See the next pages of this PDF for more information.  This information and the photos are included in a poster display rack located at the Blackhawk Bank & Trust, Princeton, IA. The...
Topics: Boats, Steamboats, Stern wheelers
A scrapbook that chronicles the activities of the Scott County Cattlemen's Association from 1973 to 1976. It includes articles, photos, and programs on topics such as  Mississippi Valley Fair rankings of cattle, Annual Cattlemen's Tour, Beef Salute Days, Iowa Cattle Convention, Scott County Cattlemen's Association Dinner and Dance, and Beef Queen candidates. Also included is the beef cookbook made by Cattlemen's wives and thank you notes written to the association. According to the Iowa...
Topics: Agriculture, Organizations, Beef cattle, Meat industry, Farmers' groups
The program for the 7th annual Scott County Swine Producers (later called the Scott County Pork Producers) banquet held at the Blackhawk Hotel in Davenport, Iowa. The slogan on the cover says "We raise it, let's sell it!"
Topics: Agriculture, Swine, Scott County Pork Producers, Waetke, Wayne, Dexter, Jim, Mohr, Alvin, Kappeler,...
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An insurance policy for the ferry W. J. Quinlan from the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company and the H. H. Cleveland Agency. The name listed on the policy is Fred Kahlke D/B/A Kahlke Bros. Shipyard, for the amount of $2,000.00. The boat was owned by the Rock Island Davenport Ferry Company while it took passengers between Davenport and Rock Island.  It was built in 1904 and went out of service in 1945.  See the next pages of this PDF for more information.  This information and the photos are...
Topics: Insurance, Boats, Steamboats, Stern wheelers, Ferries
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Iowa's Greatest Outdoor Show was held at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa each Labor Day weekend from the 1930s to the 1960s. The show featured chariot races, covered wagon races, reenactments of the Oklahoma land rush, and other performances by horses and riders. In some years, horses and riders would parade through Davenport dressed in elaborate costumes. At times the Outdoor Show featured as many as 32 acts from places such as Chicago and New York. It was sponsored by...
Topics: Circuses & shows, Parades & processions, Horse shows, Horses, Mississippi Valley...
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Family portrait of Henry Bahrenfuss and Laura (Holst) Bahrenfuss. Laura is a cousin of Steve Suiter's father, Glen Suiter.
Topics: Suiter, Steve, Bahrenfuss, Henry, Bahrenfuss, Laura (Holst), Suiter, Glen H.
A letter from Roger Katz, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in Iowa, congratulating Roy Keppy on his family farm and his efforts for the farming community.
Topics: Keppy, Roy, Correspondence, Katz, Roger, Agriculture
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The 1995-96 yearbook documents the activities of the Walnut Grove Questers, Chapter 1251. It includes information about the organization and its officers. It describes the program for each monthly meeting and trips taken during the year. According to the Questers International website, the organization's purpose is "to educate by research and the study of antiques to:  1) preserve the past for the future, 2) Promote education in the fields of historical preservation and restoration, and...
Topics: Organizations, Antiques, Brus, Sandy, Green, Phyllis, Hansen, Vera, Harvey, Fae, Hill, Susan, Lage,...
A group of men stand in a wagon at  the 17th Annual National Corn Husking Contest. The contest was held on the Henry Keppy farm 6 miles northwest of Davenport from October 27 -30, 1940. 21 contestants participated in the event. Local man, Ralph Keppy, won the Scott County contest but placed 3rd in the Iowa contest and wasn't eligible to compete in the national competition held at his family's farm.
Topics: Corn husking, Agriculture, Keppy, Ralph
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Several M42 40 mm Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Guns, also called "Dusters", parked at their battalion. James Varcho worked as a track mechanic for the 5/2 Air Defense Artillery Battalion. They had 64 Dusters in the III Corps that were used for convoy and fire support base protection. They usually traveled in a team of two and would need repair in the field. 
Topics: Varcho, James, Vietnam War, 1961-1975, Antiaircraft guns, Artillery (Weaponry), 1961-1975,...
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According to the 1920 census record, William A. Teufel was born in Iowa about 1877 and his wife Jennie was born about 1882 in Michigan. In 1937 he advertised he'd been in business 30 years so may have started around 1907. The business is advertised in the 1919 atlas as dealing in a "General Line of Horse Goods, Milwaukee Sanitary Cream Separators, Hog Oilers, Tonics, Sprays and Troughs". This picture was taken in 1925 when the road was being paved through town. Watching the workers...
Topics: Harnesses, Teufel, William A., Teufel, Jennie, Plett, Bill, Barnes, Chet, Hoffbauer, Edward
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Ruth Ann Suiter was killed in a tragic train accident in Princeton. She was the wife of Glen H. Suiter, the president of the Farmer's Savings Bank of Princeton and the Leclaire State Bank. She was the mother of four children; Steve, Ann, Sarah and Jane. According to a newspaper account, Grace Ulrich, the Suiter's housekeeper, witnessed the accident.  They were packing the Suiter's boat for a trip to Wisconsin, and the train tracks run inbetween their home and the Mississippi River where the...
Topics: funerals, prayer, Suiter, Ruth Ann, Suiter, Glen H., Suiter, Steve, Suiter, Ann, Suiter, Sarah,...
A scrapbook that includes original, unpublished stories about Princeton, and original letters to Penne Miller from Paul B. Dennis, between the years 1983-1985. Paul Dennis' father, Job Dodge Dennis, built the store and house that Penne Miller owns. Paul Dennis is also the author of the book From Out of the Past that documents memories and stories from early Princeton. It was first published in 1976, then published again in 1983 with an Addendum. Penne was Paul's agent for the 1983 book. She and...
Topics: Correspondence, Telephone companies, 4-H clubs, Scott County Farmers Institute, Parades &...
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A scrapbook that includes photos taken in Buffalo during the Mississippi River flood in April of 1965, and during the ice jam of February 1966.  The photos show sandbag walls, flooded streets, homes, and businesses. In the book Buffalo Then and Now, it states "the flood waters reached as high as the alley between 2nd & 3rd on Washington. Approximately 20 families had to leave their homes." According to newspaper articles of that time, the ice jam received national and...
Topics: Clearman, Harold D., Floods, Ice
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The 4-H scrapbook for the Buffalo Busy Bees for 1967-69. According to the Iowa State Extension website, it is the responsibility of the club's historian to maintain the scrapbook each year. It includes the club's membership, officers, newspaper clippings, programs from special events/meetings such as Rally Day and the Mother-Daughter Banquet, photos, story of years activities, ribbons, and correspondence. Also included are the Secretary and Treasurer's Record Book for the each year. There is...
Topics: 4-H clubs, Scrapbooks, Home economics
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Albert "A.C." Oetzmann was postmaster in Eldridge, Iowa for 42 years.  February 22nd was his birthday so school was dismissed in Eldridge and the children walked to the post office.  They were treated with ice cream cones, homemade cookies made by A.C.'s wife Martha, and balloons.  Helping with the party were their two daughters- Verna Warnecke of Walcott and Lois Porter of Eldridge.  
Topics: Oetzmann, Albert, Oetzmann, Martha, Gilbert, Alberta, Culp, Dick, Stutt, Hank, Moeller, Jim,...
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The night before the fire there was a town meeting where the need for fire protection in Eldridge was discussed. The attendees decided they would arrange to install a waterworks system. The next day a fire broke out and the citizens had only the water from a water tank near the railroad tracks to fight it.  Destroyed in the fire were: a saloon, hotel, residences of Hans Denker and W.H. Kuehl, over $20,000 worth of machinery and hardware of the J.H. Wiese Co.,  Jackson and Company's elevator,...
Topic: Fires
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The Lone Star in winter quarters, Davenport harbor near Credit Island. According to the website of the Buffalo Bill Museum, LeClaire, IA, the Lone Star was built in 1869 at Lyons, IA. It has been used to push logs down the river, as a towboat, and as a sand dredging boat. It was used as a working boat for 99 years. It has been dry docked in LeClaire since 1968. Now it is on display at the Buffalo Bill Museum and is the nation's single remaining wood hulled steamboat in the traditional...
Topics: Boats, Steamboats, Stern wheelers, Tugboats, Log rafts, Cody, Buffalo Bill
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A portrait of Marie Holst Suiter and her two children, Lois and Glen. Marie's husband is Zach Suiter.
Topics: Suiter, Marie Holst, Suiter, Zach, Suiter, Glen, Suiter, Lois
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The field where a corn husking contest was held, 1/2 mile north of Eldridge on the Ray Keppy farm. This was the 4th corn husking contest held by the Eldridge Lion's Club. The others were held in 1969, 1970 and 1971, but they were open only to contestants from Scott County. This was the first year it was open to anyone in the state.The Championship Division consisted of the first 25 contestants to sign up. There was also a Junior Division with teams of three young people from either 4H or FFA...
Topics: Corn husking, Agriculture, Keppy, Ray, Keppy, Henry
Photograph of the contestants in the Blue Grass Centennial beard contest. The picture was taken by Colby Studio of Walcott, IA. The men's names are listed under the picture. According to the book, Pioneers of 1836 to America's Bicentennial 1976...140 Years in Blue Grass Iowa,there were 50 local men who participated in the contest. The beardless men were locked up in a log stockade that was built in the park.
Topics: Centennial celebrations, Beards, Contests
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A full transcript of the oral history can be downloaded as a PDF, found on the right hand side of this page. Glen Keppy was born and raised on a farm between Davenport and Eldridge. His parents believed that there was more to farming than just farming, it was also important to educate other people about farming. That is why, as a boy, he remembers his dad leading tours of school children and other groups, including dignitaries like Vice President Bush, so they could see what life on the farm...
Topics: Keppy, Glen, Agriculture, Swine, Football
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The 2001-02 yearbook documents the activities of the Brownlie Sod House, Questers, Chapter 1229. Included is information about the Brownlie Sod House in Long Grove, the current officers, committees, past presidents, Southeast Iowa Area Day, and the International Convention. It also describes each monthly meeting held during the year, past programs, members wish list, policies, state calendar and quotes to live by. According to the Questers International website, the organization's purpose is...
Topics: Organizations, Antiques, Sod buildings, Brownlie Alexander W., Lage Marlene, Schreck Sue, Carlin...
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A hand held fan that is a promotional item for a business. Words printed on the back say "H. R. Thede, General Mechandise, Where Quality Counts, Eldridge, Iowa." On the front is a scenic picture of a waterfall. According to Eldridge, Iowa, 100 Years Centennial, 1871-1971, sometime during the 1870s,  a store was first opened at 224 North Second Street by J.D. McCormick. At some point, Hans Strueben took over, then H. R. Thede was in business from 1911 to 1939. After that, Henry Klindt...
Topics: Promotional materials, Fans (Accessories), General stores, Thede, H.R.
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The Delta Queen docked along the Rock Island levee, with the Centennial Bridge in the background. Passengers are seen walking down the gangplank. The Delta Queen and its sister boat, Delta King , were the most expensive river sternwheelers in existence at the time they were built, costing $875,000 each. See the next pages of this PDF for more information.  This information and the photos are included in a poster display rack located at the Blackhawk Bank & Trust, Princeton, IA. The poster...
Topics: Boats, Steamboats, Stern wheelers
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The steamboat LeClaire docked along the shore. This stern wheeler towboat was built in 1915 in Grafton, IL. It was owned by USE, Rock Island District. Ownership was transferred to U.S. Coast Guard in 1939 and she was renamed Cottonwood in 1942. See the next pages of this PDF for more information. This information and the photos are included in a poster display rack located at the Blackhawk Bank & Trust, Princeton, IA. The poster display rack was created under the direction of Glen H. Suiter.
Topics: Boats, Steamboats, Stern wheelers, Tugboats
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Program for the 22nd Annual Scott County 4-H Girls' Rally Day held at Roehlk's Hall in Maysville. Myrtle Eckermann (Keppy) was the county president of 4-H. After she married Roy Keppy she lived at Glendale Farm and continued to be active in the community.
Topics: Agriculture, 4-h Clubs, Eckermann, Myrtle, Schroder, Mary, Kraft, Arrabelle, Schaefer, Janet,...
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An inside view of Underwoldt Hardware store.
Topics: Hardware stores, Hardware
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Scrapbook that includes pictures of Allen and Jackie Schneckloth, Fairyland Park, Iowa Ramblers band, and the reunion of the band in later years. Jackie's parents owned Litscher's Tavern in McCausland before Jackie's mom, Grace Litscher, bought Fairyland Park, Long Grove, IA, in 1944. Grace and Rudy Litscher owned and operated it until 1971, when Jackie and her husband, Allen Schneckloth, took over.  Jackie and Allen first owned and operated the Walcott Colliseum from 1949 to 1971. In 1971...
Topics: Schneckloth, Jackie Litscher, Schneckloth, Allen, Dance halls, Bands, Fairyland Park, Walcott...
Religious certificates for Selma Stadtmueller Boll for confirmation and possibly baptism. Selma grew up in Monticello, IA and in 1920 she earned her "Normal Training Certificate" that qualified her to teach in Iowa. In 1924 she was hired as a teacher at the Independent District No. 1 of Princeton, IA. That is where she met H.W. (Heinie) Boll who ran Boll's Grocery Store. They were married in 1924 and were the parents of a daughter named Leone Boll Kosman and a son Merlin Boll.
Topics: Certificates, Baptisms, Confirmations, Teachers, Boll, Henry W. (Heinie), Boll, Selma Stadtmueller,...
The program for the Scott County Spring Market Hog Show sponsored by the Scott County Pork Producers. The show was held at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
Topics: Agriculture, Swine, Scott County Pork Producers, Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds
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A button with a bell hanging from the bottom, that says "Centennial Belle, cosmetic permit, Eldridge, Iowa, 1871-1971, July 3-4-5." According to an ad for the centennial's "Cosmetic and Costumes Rules" in the January 27, 1971 edition of the North Scott Press, "All ladies in Eldridge must have cosmetic permits after March 1st or suffer a penalty." It also says "Cosmetic permit buttons may be purchased at Frontier Daze or from Gail Bries - Eldridge for 50...
Topics: Centennial celebrations, Contests
A program booklet for the "Scott County Farmers Institute" held at Turner Hall in Eldridge. According to the Davenport Public Library Special Collections, the institute organization began in 1896 and dissolved in 1954. A group of men started it with the purpose of sharing information about farming methods. It was open to any Scott County farmer. The institute was held every January. The program shows the schedule of events at the 1915 institute, some of which included a welcome...
Topics: Farming, Farmers' groups, Spelling bees, Scott County Farmers Institute
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Alberta was born in Eldridge on Feb. 13, 1936.  She was born at the house standing at 215 W. LeClaire Rd and was delivered by her grandmother.  The doctor was not able to make it in time due to the snow.  Her parents were Lois Edna Oetzmann Porter and Elmer E. (Joe) Porter.  Her father was a bookmobile driver for the Scott County Library System for 21 years.  Her grandfather A.C. Oetzmann was postmaster in Eldridge for many years. Alberta grew up on a farm on Lincoln road in Eldridge. ...
Topics: Gilbert, Alberta, Agriculture
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An aerial photograph of the Reese Farm near Walcott, IA. In addition to the farm house and buildings, there is a one-room school, Fairview #1, located on the left side of the farm. This farm has been in Brenda Reese Warner's family since 1876. 
Topics: Golinghorst, George, Hamann, Karl, Hamann, Mary Golinghorst, Hamann, Ferdinand, Hamann, Ella,...
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The Plett Brothers, John, Henry and Herman, ran this General Merchandise and Grocery Store as early as 1892. The Modern Woodman of America Hall was above the store and the hall was used for community events. For a period of time the post office was housed in this building. In 1907 it was sold to Ed Plett and Henry Schroeder. From 1912 to 1940 Henry Schroeder operted the store and was the only owner. There was no grocery store in Blue Grass during thw war. In 1946 this building was reopened by...
Topics: Grocery stores, Postal service, Plett, John, Plett, Henry, Plett, Herman, Plett, Ed, Schroeder,...
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In the 1880s a spur line extended from Rock Island through Blue Grass to Cedar Rapids. Service ended on April 13, 1925. The depot was located north of Harrison St. Men in picture are J.F. Kautz and V.L. Beuter, station agent. This original photograph hangs at the Corner Grill at 101 W Mayne St, Blue Grass. Description provided by the Blue Grass Historical Society.
Topics: Railroad stations, Telegraph offices, Kautz, J.F., Beuter, B.L.
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A photo of an old Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department fire truck, possibly driving in a parade.  NOTE: The physical item can be found at the Buffalo Historical Museum at 409 3rd St. in Buffalo, IA.
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In 1965 Marlin Whittmer became the first resident chaplain at St. Luke's Hospital in Davenport, IA. He and other people he worked with saw the need for patients to have someone to talk with and listen to their thoughts and fears. From this need, he created the BeFrienders, a group of trained volunteers who would visit with patients. He also started the Grief Resources Group. It consisted of people from the community including nurses, doctors, funeral directors, administrators, and other people...
Topics: Chaplains, Death, Grief, Whittmer, Marlin, Clark, James E., Weerts, Jim, Miesle, Daniel, MacBurney,...
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A scrapbook that chronicles the activities of the Scott County Cowbells from 1976 to 1980. They first met to organize a local chapter on November 3, 1975. This group of women were the wives of Scott County Cattlemen's Association members. The Cowbells helped promote beef through activities and events such as the Beef Queen contest, Father's Day promotion, Beef Month, and assisting  the Cattlemen's Association with beef educational activities. The scrapbook includes photos, newspaper articles,...
Topics: Agriculture, Organizations, Beef cattle, Meat industry, Farmers' groups
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Stern wheeler Eclipse moving on the river with people standing on the front decks. The Eclipse was built in LeClaire, IA for Captain John Lancaster in 1882. She was first used as a rafter, then later entered into the packet trade between Davenport and Clinton but was not successful because a street car line had opened between the two cities. See the next pages of this PDF for more information. This information and  the photos are included in a poster display rack located at the Blackhawk Bank...
Topics: Boats, Steamboats, Stern wheelers, Log rafts, Lancaster, John, Streckfus, John
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The wedding day of Bob and Pauline Westerhof in Malta, Europe. Bob met Pauline when he was in the Navy and serving in the Mediterranean. They now live on the Westerhof family farm north of Donahue. 
Topics: Westerhof, Robert Lee, Westerhof, Pauline Josephine Mifsud, Weddings, Wedding clothing & dress,...
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The steamboat Verne Swain with many people on the middle and top front decks. Words under the picture say, "Str. Verne Swain, Zach G. Suiter, Master and Pilot 188?"  This stern wheeler was built in 1886 in Stillwater, MN by D. M. Swain who then entered her in the Clinton-Davenport trade. In 1889 Captain John Streckfus bought her and continued using her there. At one time Zach Suiter was her master and pilot. By 1896, Captain William Knaach was master of the Verne Swain , when another...
Topics: Boats, Steamboats, Stern wheelers, Suiter, Zach G., Swain, D.M., Streckfus, John, Knaach, William
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The steamboat Jo Long docked along the shore with people on the first and second level, and the pilot standing in the pilot house at the top level.  She was built in 1896 in Lyons, IA by D.M. Swain. Captain J.N. Long ran her in the Davenport-Clinton trade in competition with the Verne Swain . On August 8, 1896, there was an argument at the Diamond Jo warehouse, Davenport, in which agent James Osborn was stabbed and Captain Long was arrested and fined $300. Soon afterward the Jo Long was sold...
Topics: Boats, Steamboats, Stern wheelers, Suiter, Zach G., Swain, D.M., Streckfus, John, Knaach, William
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Brenda Reese Warner was born and raised on a farm near Walcott that has been in the family since 1876. It all started when Mary Golinghorst married Karl Hamann, and Mary’s father, George Golinghorst, sold them 320 acres of farmland. They built a house on their land and also built a one-room school, Fairview #1, right next to their farm, for their children Ferdinand and Ella to attend. When Ferdinand grew up, he married Brenda’s grandmother, Melinda Siebke.  At that time, Karl and Mary...
Topics: Golinghorst, George, Hamann, Karl, Hamann, Mary, Golinghorst, Hamann, Ferdinand, Hamann, Ella,...
A scrapbook that chronicles the activities of the Scott County Cattlemen's Association from 1978 to 1981. It includes articles, photos, and programs on topics such as  Mississippi Valley Fair rankings of cattle, Annual Cattlemen's Tour, Beef Salute Days, Iowa Cattle Convention, Scott County Cattlemen's Association Dinner and Dance, and Beef Queen candidates. Also included is the beef cookbook made by Cattlemen's wives and thank you notes written to the association. According to the Iowa...
Topics: Agriculture, Organizations, Beef cattle, Meat industry, Farmers' groups
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The presentation of the National Safety Council safety plaque by Major R.A. Wheeler, District Engineer, to Master John F. Suiter of the steamboat Ellen and his crew. The award was given for having earned the best safety record of all dredges and towboats in the Rock Island District for the 1934 season. From left to right: Major R.A. Wheeler, District Engineer, Master John F. Suiter, Captain George W. Laverty, George W. Kensinger, Jr., Karl Seeber, Alvern Kensinger, Alfred A. Drechsler, Benjamin...
Topics: Boats, Steamboats, Stern wheelers, Dredges, Tugboats, Suiter, John F., Wheeler, R.A., Laverty,...
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The Belle of Princeton excursion boat on the Mississippi River with a group of people waving from the top deck.  This sternwheeler was originally the Addie May . She was built in 1923 as a ferry boat and operated in Thebes, IL. In 1944 she was converted to an excursion boat. For 36 seasons she made sight-seeing trips from her landing four miles north of Hampton, IL. In 1982 John Vize purchased the Addie May , moved her to Princeton and re-named her the Belle of Princeton . Vize ran the boat...
Topics: Boats, Steamboats, Stern wheelers, Rivers, Sightseers, Vize, John, Bridges, John, Lawson, Chuck
Six charge receipts for purchases by Roy Keppy from the Eldridge Cooperative Company for the month of December 1950. The cooperative was started in 1909. Farmers brought their own grains to have processed into feeds. In 1995, three cooperatives from Eldridge, Stockton, and Walcott merged into the River Valley Cooperative which is still member-owned in 2021.
Topics: Keppy, Roy, Cooperatives, Agriculture
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Crowds gather to watch the 17th Annual National Corn Husking Contest. The contest was held on the Henry Keppy farm 6 miles northwest of Davenport from October 27 -30, 1940. Four days of festivities included the husking contest, the first annual International Plowing Contest, a performance by Tama Indians, and a horse show featuring Roy Curtis and his 20 horse hitch. One newspaper article described it as a "circus combined with a county fair."  Scott County beat out 8 other Iowa...
Topics: Corn husking, Agriculture
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A listing of all the farmer's in Buffalo Township, Scott County, for the year 1920. The list is in alphabetical order and includes the farmer's name and address.
Topic: Farmers
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Two pictures of a parked train engine. Three men are posing on the front top of the engine on one picture, and a man is walking on the platform in front of the engine on the other picture.
Topic: Railroad trains
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A complimentary calculating book from the German Savings Bank of Eldridge, IA. There are numbers and drawings on the chalkboard type pages along with a poem about the weather on Christmas Day. It was donated by Bruce Gleason who believes it belonged to his grandparents, Drs. Gleason and Gleason, both of whom graduated from the Davenport School of Chiropractic, which is now called Palmer College of Chiropractic. According to the centennial publication Eldridge - 100 Years, 1871-1971, the first...
Topics: Banks, Promotional materials, Kemper, Adolph
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Various pictures of the Dolese Bros. Company which was a quarry business near Buffalo, IA. Included are pictures of the buildings and the quarry.  One picture has four women and one man sitting on the back of a train engine. Another picture shows men in the quarry posing with shovels in their hands. NOTE: The physical item can be found at the Buffalo Historical Museum at 409 3rd St. in Buffalo, IA.
Topics: Quarrying, Limestone quarrying, Railroad trains
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by Wakefield, Susie; Duncan, Sandy; Petersen, Shirley
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The 4-H scrapbook for the Buffalo Merry Makers 1964-66 and Buffalo Busy Bees 1963. According to the Iowa State Extension website, it is the responsibility of the club's historian to maintain the scrapbook each year. It includes the club's membership, officers, newspaper clippings, programs from special events/meetings such as Rally Day and the Mother-Daughter Banquet, photos, story of years activities, ribbons, and correspondence. Also included are the Secretary and Treasurer's Record Book for...
Topics: 4-H clubs, Scrapbooks, Home economics
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Unknown class photo of Blue Grass School students
Topics: Schools, Education
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According to information provided by the Blue Grass Historical Society, this is a  photograph of the Shellaberger farm. The picture includes the farmhouse, barns, wind mill and fences. There is a pond or lake in the front.
Topics: Farmhouses, Barns, Agriculture
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Post card of Mayne Street looking East. On the left is the Implement Building and on the right is the Tavern. This original photograph hangs at the Corner Grill at 101 W Mayne St, Blue Grass. Description provided by the Blue Grass Historical Society.
Topics: Postcards, Agricultural equipment, Bars
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Men working on the paving project for Highway 22 through Blue Grass. Wet cement is coming out of the mixer into a distributor box which rolls out on the I-beam to be placed where needed. In the front, left corner a screed can be seen which was used to level the concrete.  According to From Pioneers of 1836 to America's Bicentennial 1976...140 Years in Blue Grass Iowa, the road was built by Central Engineering Co. of Davenport with Thomas Miller as the foreman.
Topics: Roads, Road construction, Concrete mixers, Miller, Thomas
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A picture of Dr. VanderVeer standing in front of his office at 119 E. Mayne St. in Blue Grass. According to the book From Pioneers of 1836 to America's Bicentennial 1976... 140 Years in Blue Grass, Iowa, there were two Dr. VanderVeers in Blue Grass. Dr. Frank VanderVeer had the first doctor's office, then he was joined by his brother, Dr. Ira VanderVeer. They practiced medicine from 1894 - 1928. Also in the picture is J. H. Buckmeier who operated the barber shop in the other building in 1909....
Topics: Physicians, Medical offices, Barbers, Barbershops, VanderVeer, Frank, VanderVeer, Ira, Buckmeier,...