Time Machine

Time Machine: Cou Falls

JOHNSON COUNTY - Josef Coufal, a native of Bohemia, arrived in a river bottom area of the Iowa River in 1850. He was 23 when he began farming. As his ...

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Time Machine: Johnson County Courthouse

JOHNSON COUNTY - The stately Johnson County Courthouse will reach its 115th anniversary this year, but it wasn't the county's first.The first two cour ...

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Time Machine: The Iowa Theater

CEDAR RAPIDS - Calvin Bard of Benton Harbor, Mich., was a veteran of the motion picture business. He had a dream of building a theater with excellent ...

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Time Machine: The Sunshine Mission

CEDAR RAPIDS - There is now a parking lot at 225 First St. SE in Cedar Rapids, the first home of the Sunshine Mission, founded by Francis K. Ward in 1 ...

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Time Machine: Remember Frank Kouba’s band?

Frank Kouba had lived in Iowa City for about five years when he decided in 1872 to move north to a village of a couple hundred people. He was standing ...

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Time Machine: The year Christmas was dimmed in Eastern Iowa

Christmas in 1973 in Eastern Iowa was much less twinkly than usual. The reason for that could be traced to Oct. 6 and the Yom Kippur War. In an effort ...

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Time Machine: Plum Grove

Robert Lucas had already served two terms as governor of Ohio in 1838 when President Martin Van Buren appointed him to be the first governor of the Io ...

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Time Machine: Ancient mounds near Toolesboro

LOUISA COUNTY - Thirteen deeply tanned, grimy students from Dr. R.J. Ruppe's University of Iowa archaeology class spent the summer of 1958 at a dig in ...

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Time Machine: The Hewes Brothers

CEDAR RAPIDS - Eastern Iowa was home to a pair of brothers in the late 19th century who didn't seem particularly extraordinary.Charles #x201c;Charlie# ...

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Time Machine: The Ideal Theatre

CEDAR RAPIDS - Frank Smid's new theater opened in 1914 with something few theaters ever had.Two fresco artists from St. Louis were hired to paint 10 o ...

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Time Machine: See Der Rabbits!

CEDAR RAPIDS - The first Cedar Rapids carnival opened Oct. 13, 1897. It was the brainchild of Napoleon F. Franchere. Plans began a short three weeks b ...

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Time Machine: Big Springs School

CEDAR RAPIDS - In the 1880s, the Big Springs School, a one-room school house, stood about four miles north of Cedar Rapids on Iowa Highway 11 (Center ...

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Time Machine: ‘Little Muddy’

I got it wrong. An email from an observant reader, Galen Wenger, commented on the Oct. 18 Time Machine on the 1892 Federal Building: "The article was ...

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Time Machine: A beloved Elkader nurse

ELKADER - Elkader nurse Louise Liers had driven her 1930 Model A more than 198,000 miles in 1949. The 60-year-old obstetric and child care nurse had s ...

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Time Machine: The Federal Building

CEDAR RAPIDS - A letter from Secretary of the Treasury William Windom, published in The Evening Gazette on Oct. 18, 1890, asked for suggested sites fo ...

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