The Gazette hired Cyrus Fosmire to produce cartoons and drawings for publication with Gazette stories. His first day on the job, and the first day his name was included in the masthead as “Illustrator,” was Jan. 1, 1896, when he was 20 years old.
Dennis Chaffee’s two toddlers were staying with him when he was shot and killed in his home in July 1983.
By Tara Templeman, - The History Center History Jul. 26, 2022 6:00 am
Marion is the birthplace of the man responsible for getting "The Big Book" published, the book that details the recovery process used by Alcoholics Anonymous.
By Jessica and Rob Cline, - The History Center History Jul. 26, 2022 7:59 am
Effort to build flood protection along the Cedar led to legal fight in early 1900s
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TIME MACHINE: The idea for piggybacking – hauling semitruck trailers on flatbed train cars – might have been spawned in the late 1800s with the circus trains that crisscrossed the country. Some of the flatbed cars on those trains carried circus vehicles “piggyback” style.
By Jessica and Rob Cline, - The History Center
History Jun. 21, 2022 7:59 am
Author Peter D. Looney described the pool at the city’s first YMCA, at First Avenue and First Street: “The marble swimming pool was beautiful, but the water temperature was notoriously frigid due to its source -- the Cedar River flowing past its back door.”