Time Machine

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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Time Machine: A Cedar Rapids rock garden

Frank Nesetril was born in 1875 in Johnson County and grew up on a farm near Shueyville. He was one of 11 children of Anna and Josef Nesetril, both im ...

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Time Machine: Alex Fidler

In the first half of the 20th century, newsboys would be on city street corners hawking the local newspaper. The Gazette had up to 120 newsboys on the ...

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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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