Time Machine

Time Machine: Boxer Joe Louis

Joe Louis, the "Brown Bomber," held the world heavyweight boxing championship for 12 years before losing to Ezzard Charles in 1950. His last fight was ...

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Time Machine: George Nissen, trampoline inventor

George Nissen was a Big Ten gymnastics star and captain of the gym team at the University of Iowa in the late 1930s. He also served as acrobatic instr ...

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Time Machine: Lewis Bottoms

The Lewis family was living in Indiana when the Black Hawk Purchase Treaty of 1832 opened Eastern Iowa for settlement. A few of Levi Lewis' neighbors ...

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Time Machine: James Alan McPherson

James Alan McPherson was the first African-American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. His collection of short stories, "Elbow Room," garne ...

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Time Machine: Iver A. Opstad

Iowa City school district Superintendent Iver Opstad faced an unwilling electorate when he proposed a new school for a rapidly expanding, overcrowded ...

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Time Machine: The T.M. Sinclair smokestack

When it was built in 1909, the landmark T.M. Sinclair Co. smokestack was labeled the #x201c;Finest Smoke Stack in Iowa#x201d; by the Cedar Rapids Even ...

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Time Machine: Eddie Murphy, blind shoeshine man

Edward R. Murphy was born on August 22, 1909, the only son of Edward B. and Elizabeth Murphy. The elder Murphy had owned a moving and storage company, ...

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Time Machine: From railway guides to color printing

CEDAR RAPIDS - Charles A. Laurance grew up in a very young Cedar Rapids, a fact he chronicled in his limited edition book, #x201c;Pioneer Days in Ceda ...

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Time Machine: Longtime architect left his imprint on Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS - Architect Frederick G. Brown moved to Cedar Rapids from the West Coast in 1909 when a friend promised him a job as soon as he arrived. ...

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Time Machine: The Murphy Building

Dr. James J. Murphy arrived in Cedar Rapids in 1900 fresh out of college, and was almost immediately involved in a controversy over who would be Linn ...

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Time Machine: Civil rights leader Bayard Rustin spoke in Iowa City in 1964

Bayard Rustin was the organizer of the successful March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Aug. 28, 1963, considered the seminal event in the Civil R ...

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Time Machine: College Township schools

Iowa's one-room country schools were feeling pinched in the late 1940s when the Legislature began reorganizing the state educational system. One teach ...

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Time Machine: ‘The packinghouse bridge’

LINN COUNTY - The Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern began as a pioneer enterprise. The Cedar Rapids & St. Paul Railway was organized in 1865 by Geor ...

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Time Machine: Imogen Emery

CEDAR RAPIDS - Imogen B. Emery made her mark on women's rights long before she had the right to vote. Imogen was the first female attorney in Cedar Ra ...

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Time Machine: Wilson & Co.’s Clydesdales

CEDAR RAPIDS - In 1917, the Jarard family of Clyde Valley Farm in New Sharon sold a pair of Clydesdale geldings to Thomas E. Wilson, head of Wilson & ...

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