Time Machine

Time Machine: Stony Point School

References to a Stony Point schoolhouse stretch back to 1871 in The Gazette's archives, when #x201c;Prof. Kephart,#x201d; a Republican candidate for s ...

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Time Machine: Cedar Rapids children’s librarian Evelyn Zerzanek

As the Cedar Rapids Public Library celebrates its 120th year, I could think of no other person who touched more lives through the library than Evelyn ...

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Time Machine: Golf at Jones Park

Although efforts to acquire land for a new westside park had been going on for more than a decade, Parks Commissioner Dick Jones was instrumental in t ...

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Time Machine: Timeless tips from Santa

Jim McGuire had 11 years of experience wearing a Santa suit when he was interviewed by The Gazette in 1962.He had portrayed Santa in stores, churches, ...

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Time Machine: Ceres’ Pioneer Rock Church

When the residents of Clayton County's Garnavillo township decided they wanted a church of their own, they conferred with their Garnavillo pastor, the ...

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Time Machine: Marion’s City Square cannon

No one knew why the Civil War cannon ended up in a railroad auction of unclaimed freight at Prairie du Chien, Wis., in the late 1890s. Marion auction ...

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Time Machine: Coralville’s Old Town Hall

The little red brick building on Robinson Street, later Second Street, in Coralville went through a number of incarnations before it was restored and ...

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Time Machine ‘Daughters of Revolution’ Grant Wood took masterly revenge for DAR snub

Grant Wood did not consider any of his works to be satire - except one.When he painted #x201c;Daughters of Revolution,#x201d; it was with his tongue f ...

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Time Machine: Abbe Creek School

Some historians say that William Abbe was the first settler in Linn County in 1837. It is certain he was one of the first. An adventurer, Abbe left h ...

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Time Machine: Brooklyn’s Manatt House

Robert Manatt, a Pennsylvania farmer, brought his family west to Poweshiek County in 1846, just as Iowa was becoming a state. The Manatts were some of ...

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Time Machine: Planes and automobiles

Paul Shaw started working in Cedar Rapids as an automobile mechanic in 1919 at W.H. Morse & Co., a dealer in Essex automobiles. He moved to Hutchings ...

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Time Machine: Twins in triplicate for three Marion families

Twin clubs began springing up in Eastern Iowa in the 1950s and '60s. The first to organize was the Hawkeye Twin Club in Iowa City on Oct. 28, 1955. La ...

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Time Machine: The Ringling circus

McGregor residents were the first to see the Ringling Brothers' passion for circus showmanship. It was in Walton Hollow (now Walton Street) that the ...

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Time Machine: Mining the Cedar River’s sand

For centuries, the sandbars in the Cedar River drifted and flowed with the river current. Then, in the late 1800s, William King thought about how usef ...

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Time Machine: Eagle Point Park Dubuque distiller set aside land; Depression-era workers enhanced it

Anyone standing on the bluff at Eagle Point near Dubuque in the late 19th century saw a wealth of riverboat traffic on the Mississippi River.In 1862, ...

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