Author: 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,, and also manage a facebook page about things of historical interest called The Kitchen Table Historian.

Was the Pi Kappa Chi House One of the Most Haunted Houses in Davenport, Iowa?

These young men are building reputations of respect and trust with both the community they live in and the wider world. They are quite possibly the very last people that you would ever expect to say that they live in what may have been one of the most haunted houses in the Quad Cities.

Does the Spirit of Fanny Ficke Still Reside at her Former Davenport Home?

Davenport is an old city. Old cities have seen a lot of people, a lot of events. Every single one of those individuals and events left a mark, whether good or bad. The city has a lot of memories. It would stand to reason that some of those memories…linger on.

Milo Green: A Man of Many Talents Makes His Mark in Iowa and Nebraska

Someone once told me that everyone is born with a gift. It is up to us what to do with that gift, but if you have it, why not use it? As I’ve grown older, I’ve found that some people are born with several gifts, and they use each and every one to the fullest extent of their ability. One of these people was Milo Green.

Small Town Iowa Museum Artifact Bears Witness to Violent Events in U.S. History

Hello friends! Sorry about posting this a day late, but my new laptop decided to die. This week, I’m going to tell you about an artifact in a small town Iowa museum that saw some truly violent moments in our past. As always, I if you enjoy what you’ve read, please be sure to click you like buttons on Facebook or on my website!

A Cemetery Ghost Story: Me, Uncle George, and Elm Grove

Halloween is my favorite holiday. I absolutely love the fall, and I’ve always been a sucker for a good ghost story. So, as the leaves start changing color and the temperature begins to drop, I’m going to share a tale that has a little bit of the personal, a little bit of the historical, and just a shade of the supernatural.

Iowa Playwright had South Dakota Building Named After Him

                You ever seen a building that’s been named after someone? Of course…

The Mississippi Valley Fair – 1920’s Scott County Builds Their Dream Venue

                The old dirt track was barely recognizable. To someone who had been there in its heyday several years before,…

Fiddlers, Dancers, and…Boxers?: The End of an Era in Corning, Iowa

The audience was in a great mood. They had just heard some fantastic music, and were ready for more. The…

Frederick Reese: Making Sure the Masses are Entertained at the Corning Opera House

Last week, we learned about how southwest Iowa businessman Frederick Reese pushed to build the Corning Opera House. This week, stop over and see how and what kinds of entertainment he provided to the masses of southwest Iowa!

Bringing the Image of Culture to the Iowa Frontier – Frederick Reese and The Corning Opera House

The Corning Opera House in Corning, Iowa, was made to stand out, and stand out it does! It’s one of my favorite places in southwest Iowa, and I’m honored to be able to share some of its long history with you! Come over and see how it came into being!