Diane Langton


Time Machine: Teresa Dolezal Feldevert’s Black Angel

Stories swirl around the Black Angel in Iowa City's Oakland Cemetery, most of them based more in fantasy than fact.

For instance, the angel never sailed on the ocean, and it isn't made of cheap metal. No one was cheated, and no one was cursed. No ... »

Time Machine: The case of the out-of-wedlock daughter in Marion

Margaret Lucile Granger was the middle child in the home of Earl and Dora Granger of Marion. Her father indulged her, and reports of her parties regularly graced the society pages.

Margaret's acting career and her sensational paternity lawsuits ... »

Time Machine: Mead Flats go from thoroughly modern to eyesore and back again

John J. Mead was distribution superintendent for the Cedar Rapids Gas Light Co. in 1913 when he decided to build a modern apartment building on the east-side Cedar Rapids corner where three streets intersected: Third Avenue, 14th Street and Bever Avenue ... »

Time Machine: Fireworks and Iowa’s ‘safe and sane’ Fourth

Iowa's early settlers often celebrated Independence Day with fireworks.

Marion's 1865 festivities included a picnic, speakers, war dances by local Native Americans and a fireworks display.

In Cedar Rapids, the celebration of the nation's 110 ... »

Time Machine: Dvorak’s summer in Iowa

Bits of information about famous people were as popular in the 1890s as they are now.

An item about Antonin Dvorak appeared in papers nationwide - including The Gazette - in the summer of 1893 that read, "Dvorak, the musical composer, goes to be ... »

Time Machine: The Alley Inn

The tiny building at 416 Third St. SE in downtown Cedar Rapids has survived the urban renewal and development that has gone on all around it for more than 95 years.

Its slightly more than 1,100 square feet provided space in the 1920s for a sandw ... »

Time Machine: Gazette editor among Cedar Rapids investors in South Dakota venture

The story of Cedar Rapids' connection to a gold mine in Keystone, S.D., begins with two people: Dr. Charles F. Harrington, a clairvoyant physician from Madison, Wis., and Fred W. Faulkes, co-owner and editor of the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette.

A ... »

Time Machine: Matsell’s Castle Farm

The palatial mansion of George Washington Matsell overlooked the Wapsipinicon River for more than a century.

Matsell, a large, amiable man, had served as New York City's first police chief for a dozen years, organizing the first uniformed police ... »

Time Machine: Ellis Park Pool

"Pageantry, music, color and beauty will blend into a harmonious backdrop for the formal launching of the new municipal swimming pool at Ellis Park," The Gazette reported in 1941.

The pool, officially dedicated on Sunday, June 22, 1941, was a pr ... »

Time Machine: The Kendall Building

One of the premier arts venues in Marion started its 123-year-old life as a hardware store.

It all started when Albert and Sarah Higley Kendall moved to Marion from Connecticut in the 1800s. Their son, Wellington Jerome Kendall, was born in May ... »