The Kitchen Table Historian

I am an author and historian who writes about long-forgotten and out of the way events and places. I love the bizarre, the unusual, and the downright weird. I write a regular blog at my website, www.johnbrassardjrcom.wordpress.com, and also manage a facebook page about things of historical interest called The Kitchen Table Historian.

The Missing Bell – The Clinton County, Iowa Courthouse War

Courthouses are, without a doubt, iconic structures within our civilized societies. However, many people would probably be shocked to discover the lengths – both legal and illegal – that pioneers would go to in order to get one To many people, courthouses represent justice. They promise us law and order, that we will be judged …

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The Stoic Farmer: The Gilbert Family Murders, Part II

  Warning: This material contains content that may be sensitive for some readers. Reader discretion is strongly advised.    The argument was the same. It never changed. Sell out and move to town, she said. “We’re not moving, Hazel,” Guy replied. And round and round they went. Guy was always reserved, never emotional. He didn’t …

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