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.

Ghosts of the Pandemic, Part 3: Burial

Mt. Zion is a small cemetery outside of Newton, Iowa. For decades, farmers and their families have buried their loved ones there, allowing them to enjoy their eternal rest surrounded by the farm ground that they had spent their entire lives tending to. It was one such burial that brought the gravediggers there that day. …

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The Devil You Know: The John Hoskins Murders

I have always loved Adams County. Located in the southwestern portion of the state, Adams county is the least populous county in Iowa, containing just under 3700 people. It’s very rural, and is comprised of rolling hills and rich green fields. People still wave to you in the street, or raises an index finger in …

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Struck Down in the Dark – The Charles Englehart Murder

I’m not afraid of the dark. I take my trash out in the middle of the night without a flashlight, treading the familiar ground of my yard with confidence in the inky blackness of the night. At the end of the day, I turn off the light’s downstairs and, if I need to do something …

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Struck Down in the Dark – The Charles Englehart Murder

Charles Englehart was attacked outside of his car one dark night in 1935. A harmless 70-year-old man liked by everyone, who would commit such an awful crime?   Sources ‘C.A. Englehart Robbed, Slain.’ Davenport Times and Democrat, 9/23/1935 ‘Seek Motive for Englehart Slaying.’ The Daily Times, 9/23/1935 ‘Iowan Killed by Assailant.’ Iowa City Press-Citizen, 9/23/1935 …

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Episode 43: Ms. Holly

In the early 1900’s, a Nebraska schoolteacher visited an unspeakable atrocity upon the students under her care in Sarpy County. Or did she?   Sources ‘Holly Hatchet’ scared all but two pupils away. Sioux City Journal, 8/30/1983 Body Found in Brush. The Lincoln Star, 12/24/1903 Quintanilla, James. Hatchet House and the Killer Teacher. http://www.designinglife.biz Lefevers, …

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