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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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Martha Scharff Reynold’s ancestors were farmers in LeClaire Township who originally came from Germany. Her father’s side of the family came from Germany’s Holstein region. Martha was born in 1937 in LeClaire, IA and moved, when she was very young, to Princeton, IA with her mother, where she spent the rest of her childhood.  After they moved to Princeton, Martha’s mother worked in a factory for a few years before taking over the sundry store on River Drive in Princeton. It was named Lea...
Topics: Reynolds, Martha Scharff, Fickel, Leatha Scharff, Schools, Stores & shops, Music education
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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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Download the PDF to the right to experience the full map of the schoolhouses. Posters created by Ruby Ferris for the Brownlie Sod House Questers #1229 detailing the one room schoolhouses of Scott County in 1910. The posters were printed by Commercial Printers in Eldridge, Iowa and presented to the Long Grove Civic Center and the City of Maysville in 2013. The poster also includes information about the Davenport School system circa 1904 and a biography of the school system's founder, Phoebe...
Topics: Ferris, Ruby, Schools
James Varcho attending a Christmas church service at Long Binh Post near Saigon 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, Vietnam War, 1961-1975, Religious services
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Diplomas that belong to H.W. (Heinie) Boll who attended Brown's Business College in Davenport, IA. Heinie took courses in bookkeeping, shorthand and typing. According to the December 2, 1976 edition of the North Scott Press ,  Heinie was just 14 when he started working at the grocery store in Plain View, IA.  As a teenager, he took the courses at the college. In 1922 he rented the building in Princeton, IA that was his first store. In 1928 he moved to the present location of what is now...
Topics: Diplomas, Business education, Universities & colleges, Typewriting, Shorthand, Boll, Henry W....
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by Youngbauer, Nancy
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Vernon Ehrecke’s great grandfather came from Germany to the Blue Grass area in the mid 1840s.  After establishing a homestead, he went back to Germany to get his wife and seven children. Unfortunately, upon returning to Germany, he found that his wife and four of his children had died of a plague. He remarried and had another child before the family returned to Blue Grass around 1852. They had seven more children, and one of those was Rudolph, Vernon’s grandpa. Rudolph died at a young age,...
Topics: Ehrecke, Vernon George, Ehrecke, Keith Edward, Ehrecke, Marie Arlene Collins, Ehrecke, Gottlieb,...
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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.
A school certificate awarded to Valentine Eckermann for perfect attendance for the school year. The school was located in Lincoln Township, of Scott County. The name of the school appears to be "Crombie". Valentine is the father of Myrtle Eckermann Keppy.
Topics: Eckermann, Valentine, Keppy, Myrtle Eckermann, Schools, Awards
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by Miller, Penne
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A scrapbook that includes photos, letters, advertisements, articles and other documents concerning Boll's Store in Princeton, IA. In 1907, Dr. John Knox began to build a hospital but ran out of funds. From 1908 to 1928 it was an unused four story skeleton of a building. In 1923 the Community Building Association was formed to finish it. They removed the top two stories and finished the basement and two levels above that. In 1928 the building was opened and Heinie Boll rented part of the first...
Topics: Grocery stores, Community centers, Boll, Henry W.(Heinie), Boll, Merlin, Boll, Selma Stadtmueller,...
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The draft of a letter from Roy Keppy to Richard Lyng, congratulating him for being appointed the new Secretary of Agriculture by President Ronald Reagan. 
Topics: Keppy, Roy, Lyng, Richard, Agriculture
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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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A picture of the Hawkeye Garage - Eldridge, Men's basketball team. #77 is Arno (known as Barnie) Ewoldt. He was 6' 4" tall. This team played at Wharton Fieldhouse in Moline, Illinois. This team once played the Harlem Globetrotters.
Topics: Basketball, Basketball players, Hawkeye Garage, Ewoldt, Arno
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One photo showing the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Auxiliary women, and another photo of the VFW 6078 men, marching in a Decoration Day parade in Buffalo. Decoration Day is now known as Memorial Day. "NOTE: The physical item can be found at the Buffalo Historical Museum at 409 3rd St. in Buffalo, IA.
Topics: Parades & processions, Veterans' organizations
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by Welch, Lynn
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A full transcript can be downloaded as a PDF on the right-hand side of this page. Sherry Roberts was born on October 22, 1948 and grew up on a farm west of Davenport, on West Locust Street. Her father was born on a farm near Eldridge and her mother was born on a farm that is now part of West Lake Park. Sherry attended nearby one room schools for 1st and 2nd grade, then attended the brand new Walcott School as a 3rd grader and through 9th grade. For the rest of high school she attended Central...
Topics: Roberts, Sherry, Roberts, Philip, Schools, Public Libraries, West Lake Park
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by Behrens, Marian and Blake, Deloris
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The 1995-96 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. 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...
Topics: Organizations, Antiques, Sod buildings, Brownlie, Alexander W., Lage, Marlene, Schreck, Sue,...
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Except for the two years Robert (Bob) was in the Navy from 1966 to 1968, he has lived all his life in Scott County. His grandparents came from Holland to Davenport in 1907. After his grandfather died, his grandmother, uncle and father, purchased land north of Donahue, IA on December 6, 1941, the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor. They farmed this land for more than 50 years. It is the same land that Bob and Pauline live on today. Bob grew up there and tells what life was like on the farm....
Topics: Westerhof, Robert Lee, Westerhof, Pauline Josephine Mifsud, Carpenters, Carpenters' unions, Viet...
A full transcript of the interview can be downloaded as a PDF, found on the right hand side of this page. Melvia Ewoldt was born August 8, 1918. She grew up on a small farm near Maysville, Iowa. Her father, Emil Burmeister, was a strong believer in education. She attended West Lynn School, northwest of Maysville, then attended Davenport High School until she graduated. Graduating from high school was something few rural girls were able to do at the time  She married Arno, (known as Barnie), in...
Topics: Ewoldt, Melvia, Braack, Sue, Davenport High School, World War, 1939 - 1945, Mothers, Construction
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A ledger of the Ladies Aid Society of Buffalo. For each meeting date the entry tells at whose home the meeting was held, who "filled the chair", what dues were collected, how much money was spent, and what work was done. Work included making quilts, sun bonnets, aprons, caps, head rests, laundry bags, stocking bags and carpet rags. At the end of the book is a monthly and yearly listing of members and the dues they paid. The monthly dues were 10 cents. Also listed at the end is a...
Topics: Charitable organizations, Quilting, Sewing
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A photograph of Martha Scharff Reynolds in her Girl Scout uniform. Martha grew up in Princeton, IA and attended the Old Stone School and LeClaire High School. Her mother, Leatha Scharff Fickel was one of the first scout leaders in Princeton. One thing they would do is have flag ceremonies every Memorial Day, then known as Decoration Day, because it was a day to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers.
Topics: Youth organizations, Fickel, Leatha Scharff
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A postcard with a photo of the Long Grove grain elevator and stockyards.  The words "__?__ Stock Yards, Long Grove, Ia." are written at the bottom. According to The History of Long Gove by Eleanor Connell, both the grain elevator and the stockyards were built after the train came through town in 1870. The stockyards were managed by R.K. Brownlie, his father, James Brownlie, and his brother, A.W. Brownlie for many years. The grain elevator was built by the Rothchilds Grain Co. and...
Topics: Postcards, Grain elevators, Stockyards, Brownlie, R.K., Brownlie, James, Brownlie, A.W., Anschutz,...
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The program for the Scott County Spring Market Hog Show hosted by the Scott County Swine Producers at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. Entries were open to purebred, grade, or crossbred barrows and included a live show and a carcass contest.
Topics: Agriculture, Scott County Pork Producers, Swine
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Portrait of Herman Ewoldt and his family. The children are Christian Ewoldt and his three sisters; Lena, Anna, and Emma. Christian was the father of Arno Ewoldt, Melvia Ewoldt's husband. 
Topics: Portraits, Ewoldt, Herman, Ewoldt, Christian, Keppy, Lena Ewoldt, Thede, Anna Ewoldt, Mohr, Emma...
Financial statements for First Trust and Savings Bank of Davenport that show the amount of money it had in resources and liabilities as of March 7, 1938, June 30, 1938, September 30, 1938 and December 31, 1938.
Topic: Banks
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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 postcard with a photo of a street in town. The words "Street Scene, Long Grove, Ia." are written at the bottom. The photo includes several horse drawn wagons, an automobile, a windmill and watertower, in addition to various buildings. The postcard is addressed to Mr. Steward Power of Aberdeen, Ohio. The message says "Steward do you remember this little town we drove to in the (?) visit?  love to all, Uncle Billie". It has a one cent stamp on it.
Topics: Postcards, Streets, Power, Steward
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Norbert Shannon poses in his army uniform during WWII. Shannon was born in Charlotte, Iowa (Clinton County). Shannon enlisted in the army in September 1942 and trained at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He also received automotive maintenance training in Nashville, Indiana, Jackson, Mississippi, and Atlanta, Georgia. At one time, he was posted at Texarkana, Texas. In 1946, he married Phyllis Sothmann and he farmed north of Long Grove, Iowa until his death in 1974. His brother, Virgil Shannon...
Topics: World War, 1949-1945, Shannon, Norbert, Soldiers
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by Miller, Duane
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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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Photographs of various homes located in Buffalo, IA in the early 1900's. Also included is a picture of the fire station, bank and the KP Hall. NOTE: The physical item can be found at the Buffalo Historical Museum at 409 3rd St. in Buffalo, IA.
Topics: Houses, Fire stations, Banks
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There were several button factories located in Buffalo throughout its history. The women in this picture are sorting the buttons, probably according to quality, color and luster. After this step, some buttons were sewn on cards and others put in boxes for shipping. According to the Iowa PBS website, https://www.iowapbs.org/iowapathways/mypath/pearl-button-story,   John Boepple came from Germany with the idea to make buttons from freshwater mussels found in the Mississippi River and opened a...
Topics: Buttons (Fasteners), Factories, Shells (Anatomy)
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A steamboat with three levels docked along the shore with the gangplank down. There are people on the second level, first level, and a few standing on the shore. This is possibly on the shore of the Mississippi River near Buffalo.  NOTE: The physical item can be found at the Buffalo Historical Museum at 409 3rd St. in Buffalo, IA.
Topics: Steamboats, Mississippi River
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Harry and Alfred Ehrecke, sons of Rudolph and Magdalena Kautz Ehrecke, built the first ice cream parlor in Blue Grass along W. Mayne Street. They sold only homemade ice cream. It was also a billiard hall. The Ehrecke's sold the business to Ray Broders in 1936. Mr. Broders took out a beer license and the ice cream parlor became a tavern. Mr. and Mrs. Broders held platform dances in the back yard of the tavern every Saturday night during the summer months. This is the current site of Uncle...
Topics: Ice cream parlors, Billiard parlors, Ehrecke, Alfred, Ehrecke, Harry, Broders, Ray.
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According to information provided by family members, this is the original Gottlieb Ehrecke homestead farm. It shows the house, barns, windmill, picket fence, and a horse drawn wagon on the road in front.
Topics: Ehrecke, Gottlieb, Farmhouses, Barns, Horses
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Interior view of the button factory, operated by Chris Kautz, which was a leading industry in Blue Grass. The men working are: C. Paper, H. E. Robinson, E. J. Hoffbauer, Hy Messer, Orville Johnson, Hoeppner, and James McNally.  According to the Blue Grass Historical Society, the button industry began in 1891 when German immigrant John F. Boepple determined that the river's thick mussel shells would make great buttons. People with no particular training or capital could go to the river, harvest...
Topics: Buttons (Fasteners), Factories, Shells (Anatomy), Kautz, Chris, Paper, C., Robinson, H. E.,...
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A class picture of Kindergarten students from the Princeton area. They would have been attending one of the local one room school houses because Virgil Grissom Elementary was not completed until 1967. Their teacher's name was Mrs. Christensen. Charlotte Tague Hayes is the girl in the front row, third from the left.
Topics: Hayes, Charlotte Tague, Schools: Education
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Members of the cast of the Farmers Institute plays in the 1920s.  Bessie Sierk wrote of her memories of the Farmers Institute plays in Penne Miller's "Princeton History Scrapbook- Paul Dennis Original Stories and Letters" which can be found at:                                                                    https://archive.org/details/pri_19XX_020/page/n45/mode/2up                          They started in 1907 and continued through...
Topics: Theatrical productions, Scott County Farmers Institute, Stewart, Tib Peitscher Elliott,...
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Two sales receipts for Roy Keppy from "Scott County Community Sale". The receipts show the number of hogs, their total weight, the price per pound, and total amount, along with freight, commission and inspection costs. There is a phone number listed for "Scott County Community Sale" for both Walcott and Eldridge.
Topics: Keppy, Roy, Swine, Agriculture
The program from the 2nd annual Scott County Swine Producers (later called the Scott County Pork Producers) banquet held at the Masonic Temple in Davenport, Iowa. The menu, program, and list of donors are included.
Topics: Agriculture, Scott County Pork Producers, Eating & Drinking, Keppy, Roy, Mohr, Ned, Masonic...
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The entries and judging results for the Mississippi Valley Fair Swine Show in 1964. Roy Keppy won Grand Champion and Ray Keppy won Reserve Champion in the carcass division.
Topics: Keppy, Roy, Keppy, Ray, Fairs, Swine, Agriculture
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A media release from the National Live Stock and Meat Board about the speech given by Roy Keppy to the 70th Annual Meeting of the National Live Stock and Meat Board at the Forum Hotel, Chicago, IL. Roy was the Chairman of the Board from 1984-1985.
Topics: Keppy, Roy, National Livestock and Meat Board
A certificate presented to Glen Keppy from the North Scott Chapter of the National FFA Organization in appreciation of his support. According to the ffa.org website, "FFA is an intracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership." The letters "FFA" stand for "Future Farmers of America" but it is now referred to as FFA because it is also open to other careers.
Topics: Keppy, Glen, Agriculture, Organizations
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A bulletin that describes onion farming on the Mississippi River flood plain from the village of Pleasant Valley on the north to Bettendorf on the south, and was about one mile wide and six miles long. The booklet is Bulletin No. 225 written by "Agricultural Experiment Station, Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, C.F. Curtiss, Director, Horticultural and Forestry Truck Crops Section, Ames, Iowa" The bulletin briefly describes the early history of onion farming in the...
Topics: Onions, Agriculture, Farming, Curtiss, C.F., Erwin, A.T., Harter, W.L., Lyle, Frank M.
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A script of the presentation to the USDA, given by Roy Keppy at the "Pork Producers Price Seminar".  From 1970-72 Keppy was president of the National Pork Producers. He is asking for assistance from the USDA to help make the pork industry more profitable. 
Topics: Keppy, Roy, Swine, Agriculture, National Pork Producers
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A decal for the Iowa Swine Producers. This organization became the Iowa Pork Producers Association in April of 1968. According to the May 25, 2005 issue of the North Scott Press,the first meeting of the Scott County Swine Producers was held in April of 1956. Roy Keppy was elected chairman. Scott County was one of the first three county swine producers groups in Iowa and in 1963 the group was honored as the best in Iowa. Other founding fathers of the Scott County Swine Producers were Henry...
Topics: Keppy, Roy, Clark, Henry, Underwood, J.R., Kay, Alvin, Greve, Jerry, Mohr, Ned, Golinghorst,...
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Download the PDF to the right to experience the full map of the depots. Poster created by Ruby Ferris for the Brownlie Sod House Questers #1229, detailing the train depots located in Scott County and neighboring areas, including parts of Clinton, Cedar, and Muscatine Counties, and Illinois, in the area across the river from Davenport and Bettendorf. The Questers presented the poster to the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village to be displayed in the train depot located there. The poster was printed by...
Topics: Railroad stations, Ferris, Ruby
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A satin ribbon with gold medals made for "Woodmen of the World (WOW) Long Grove Camp No. 7". One of the medals has a portrait of a man and the other has the word "Sovereign" on it. According to The History of Long Grove Iowa, editied by Eleanor Connell, it was "a fraternal organization, organized in early 1900 in Long Grove, and the Woodmen's Circle, a women's affiliated group, was organized July 7, 1916.  According to encyclopediadubuque.org, the organization was...
Topics: Fraternal organizations, Insurance companies
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A picture of the W. L. Clark home in Buffalo with the family posing in front of it. Under the picture are listed the names of the family members present along with their birth and death dates. There is also a bicycle parked in front of the house and a horse and buggy, with a women sitting in it, parked next to the house. This home was built around the original log cabin that Benjamin W. Clark built.  In an article  about Benjamin W. Clark, the father of W. L. Clark, found at...
Topics: Log cabins, Houses, Clark, Benjamin Warren, Clark, Warner Lewis, Clark, Harriet Baker, Baker,...
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Photo of two men standing next to a gas pump in front of Dorman Store. The name "Claude Neumeister" is printed on the bottom left of the photo, and "Harold A. "Hap" Dorman" is printed on the bottom right.   According to Buffalo Then and Now , a book published in 1983 by Rev. Ronald D.Larsen, Henry Dorman was born in Germany in 1830 and came to Buffalo, IA in 1855. Several generations continued to run the dry goods store that he began. Also in this book, H. J. C....
Topics: Dorman, Henry, Dorman, Harold, Neumeister, Claude, General stores, Dry goods stores, Gasoline...
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Rowdy Joe Smith, wearing his military service uniform, is standing with a friend. There are palm trees in the background. Rowdy Joe was Dana Jo Smith's youngest son. He died in 2013. Dana Jo Smith lives in Buffalo, IA at Tuf-A-Nuf Stables. She has bred and raised white horses, mules, ponies and miniature horses. She has participated in many events, parades and shows with her animals.
Topics: Smith, Dana Jo, Smith, Rowdy Joe, Parades & processions, Horses, Mules, Ponies, Horse farms,...
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A promotional new year greetings plate with the words "1942 Greetings, Eldridge Cooperative Co., Eldridge, Iowa,  Your Co-Op." printed on the back.  Daisies are painted on the front of the plate. According to the Eldridge, Iowa, 100 Years, 1871-1971, Centennial book, in the early 1890s, Hugo Kuhl and Jochim Wiese built the first grain elevator in Eldridge. Several years later it was destroyed by fire. A company known as Jackson Grain Co. rebuilt the elevator. Farmers were not...
Topics: Promotional materials, Plates (Tableware), Cooperatives, Grain elevators, Eldridge Cooperative...
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The home of the Tombergs family located at 115 N. 2nd street in Eldridge, Iowa.  It stood on the same plat as their hall, Tombergs' Turner Hall. The basement was set on fire by arsonists in February of 1973.  The house suffered smoke and water damage, but was restored.  
Topics: Tombergs, Leo, Tombergs, Marie
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A swizzle stick made by the Tomberg's Turner Hall for the Eldridge Centennial in 1971. According to articles in the North Scott Press, the Turner Hall was built in 1885. It was the social hub of northern Scott County and held events such as dances, receptions and basketball games. From 1946 to 1996 it was owned and operated by Leo and Marie Tombergs and was known as Tombergs. In 1996 Dave Delvichio purchased it and it was named Del's. On January 17, 2013 the business was completely destroyed by...
Topics: Promotional materials, Turner Hall
The Eldridge Centennial celebration took place on July 3-5, 1971. The centennial chairmen, Robert and Ruth Blanche, and Dennis and Alberta Fahrenkrog, along with many committee members, organized the event.  It included lots of activities including a parade, pageant, games, threshing demonstration, food, dancing, and various contests. These photographs show the process of making a float for the Gamble's Store located at 203 N. Second Street in Eldridge, owned by Eldon and Julia Claussen.
Topics: Centennial celebrations, Floats (Parades), Parades & processions, Hardware stores, Claussen,...
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A teacher and her young students on the steps of Blue Grass Independent School. Click the PDF file on the right to see the names of students written on the back of the photo.
Topics: Schools, Education
Post card with a photo of the Grand Mound Volunteer Fire Company members standing in their uniforms in front of a building that is possibly the fire house. The back of the post card is addressed to Miss Ida Stee, 719 Case St., Davenport, Iowa.
Topics: Photographic postcards, Fire stations
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This video was filmed during the McCausland, Iowa Centennial celebrations in 1982. The Pony Express re-enactment went from Dixon to McCausland. The threshing oats were grown by Dan Tuftee.  Celebrations during the Labor Day weekend included a pageant, a community worship service, a parade, a rodeo, races, a tractor pull. The Centennial Committee also sold cookbooks and souvenirs and curated displays of antique equipment and historical artifacts at the Civic Center.  The officers of the...
Topics: Centennial celerations, Pony express, Frontier & pioneer life, Flenker, Bill, Flenker, Mary,...
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Men working to grade Brady Street by Central Park in Davenport. They are working with a tractor and other equipment using horses. 
Topic: Road construction
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The 4-H scrapbook for the Buffalo Busy Bees for 1970-76. 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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A postcard with a drawing of an early 1900s woman putting her ear down to the doorknob as if she is listening. The words "I heard something in Eldridge, IA." are also on the front. On the back, the card is addressed to Mr. Peter Klindt of Howard, South Dakota. The message includes news and weather of the Eldridge area. It is signed, Edward.  It has a one cent Benjamin Franklin stamp on it.
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The Eldridge Centennial celebration took place on July 3-5, 1971. The centennial chairmen, Robert and Ruth Blanche, and Dennis and Alberta Fahrenkrog, along with many committee members, organized the event.  It included lots of activities including a parade, pageant, games, threshing demonstration, food, dancing, and various contests. These photographs show the view of the parade from the Gamble's Store located at 203 N. Second Street in Eldridge. On the opposite side of the street is the...
Topics: Centennial celebrations, Parades & processions, Blanche, Robert, Blanche, Ruth, Fahrenkrog,...
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The program for the Scott County Market Hog Show sponsored by the Scott County Swine Producers (later called the Scott County Pork Producers)  held at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa.  Includes a list of exhibitors from around the region.
Topics: Agriculture, Swine, Scott County Pork Producers, Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds
Hilda Hehnke in front of the family farmhouse on Telegraph Road. The farmland was later purchased by Scott County for the building of I-280 and West Lake Park. The Children's Forest at West Lake in 2020 is at the location of the former farm. The farmhouse was moved to Chapel Hill, north of Highway 22 near Buffalo just off of Linwood Road. Hilda was the only child of Henry and Ruth Hehnke. She married Edward Hirl in 1946. She taught 1st grade at Walcott Elementary until her retirement in 1983....
Topics: Hirl, Hilda Hehnke, Agriculture
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Contest rules for the tenth annual baking contest using lard. The purpose of the contest is to demonstrate the value of lard as a shortening. One pound of white lard was given to each contestant from the Scott County Pork Producers. Items that could be baked with lard included: chocolate nut brownies, wheat bread, applesauce cake, pumpkin pie, cranberry nut bread, caramel nut cinnamon rolls.
Topics: Agriculture, Swine, Scott County Pork Producers, Baking
The program for the Scott County Spring Market Hog Show held at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
Topics: Agriculture, Swine, Scott County Pork Producers, Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds
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Picture of members of the Wiese and Schneckloth families attending a reunion.  It was the 75th family reunion and was held in Dewitt, Iowa.  Mildred Wiese married Valentine Eckermann in 1923 and their daughter, Myrtle, was born in 1924. She married Roy Keppy in 1946.
Topics: Keppy, Myrtle Eckermann, Eckermann, Mildred Wiese, Eckermann, Valentine, Reunions
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A Princeton baseball team wearing white uniforms. The team is made up of men of various ages, including a  boy who is sitting behind a row of bats. Some of the players are holding their baseball gloves and the catcher is wearing a protective vest. (Photo is displayed at Boll's Princeton Community Center)
Topics: Baseball, Baseball players, Arney, Claude, Graves, Everett, Wilson, Ben, Sierk, Lloyd, Morgan,...
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,...
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The 2007-08 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,...
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Bob and Karen Voelkel met in 1957 while both were attending Parsons College in Fairfield, IA where they were studying to become teachers. They got married in 1960 and found teaching jobs in Mechanicsville, IA. Bob taught high school Math and Science, and Karen taught high school Home Economics and  junior high English. When they were expecting their first child in 1963, Karen was not allowed to continue teaching, but after Kristen was born, she taught Home Economics part-time in Lowden. In...
Topics: Voelkel, Robert, Voelkel, Karen, Education, Teaching, Home economics
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Mrs. Healey's class on porch of school
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School children standing in front of Blue Grass Independent School
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A McCausland baseball team posing for a picture wearing white uniforms. The team is made up of men of various ages, including a little boy who is also in uniform. (Photo is displayed at Boll's Princeton Community Center)
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Portraits of Christian Zogg who was the Buffalo Town Clerk for 55 years, from 1889-1944, the Buffalo Independent School District Secretary for 51 years, from October 1, 1895 to July 23, 1946, and the Buffalo Postmaster for 12 years from March 7, 1919 to November 30, 1931. He lived from 1864 to 1950. "NOTE: The physical item can be found at the Buffalo Historical Museum at 409 3rd St. in Buffalo, IA.
Topics: Municipal officials, Schools, Postmasters, Zogg, Christian
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Several pictures of the Davenport Brick and Tile Company's various buildings. The company was located where the Buffalo fire station is now located. According to an ad in the August 2, 1900 edition of the Davenport Republican , "The hollow "Safety" brick made by this firm is fast gaining in popularity being fire proof, and buildings made with this brick are always free from dampness."  The bricks were used for paving roads, sidewalks and building foundations. NOTE: The...
Topics: Brick industry, Tile industry
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Photograph of the inside of Dorman Store. "Harold A. "Had" Dorman" is typed on this photo. According to Buffalo Then and Now, a book published in 1983 by Rev. Ronald D.Larsen, Henry Dorman was born in Germany in 1830 and came to Buffalo, IA in 1855. Several generations continued to run the dry goods store that he began. Also in this book, H. J. C. Dorman is included in a list of "Turn of the Century Business Houses 1895-1920" and H. A. Dorman is listed under...
Topics: Dorman, Henry, Dorman, Harold, General stores, Dry goods stores
This white mule and rare miniature white mule buffalo that are running in a pasture belong to Dana Jo Smith. She lives in Buffalo, IA at Tuf-A-Nuf Stables. She has bred and raised white horses, mules, ponies and miniature horses. She has participated in many events, parades and shows with her animals.
Topics: Smith, Dana Jo, Parades & processions, Horses, Mules, Ponies, Horse farms, Horse shows