Breakfast was slightly awkward in the Hoskins household that cold January morning. John Hoskins and his wife, Hulda, had been arguing. Hulda, as she usually did, had eventually stopped arguing with her husband, just letting him yell and scream on in his anger. They had only been married a few years, and the union definitely... Continue Reading →
Hello everyone, and welcome to the first official podcast episode of the Kitchen Table Historian! For this first episode, we're travelling to Adams County, Iowa, in the southwest corner of the Hawkeye State. On a cold January morning in 1919, fifteen-year-old Irene Hoskins came running and screaming to the front door of her neighbor, Allen... Continue Reading →
If you ever happen to be driving along Highway 34 through Adams County, Iowa, you’ll eventually pass a cemetery along the right-hand side of the road. While mostly unobtrusive, there is one stone that definitely stands out. Standing nearly ten feet tall, it’s an elaborate monument, topped by a beautiful woman carved from marble. She’s... Continue Reading →
Breakfast was slightly awkward in the Hoskins household that cold January morning. John Hoskins and his wife, Hulda, had been arguing. While that wasn’t necessarily unusual, it didn’t make things exactly comfortable. All four of the children - Roy, 12, Merlin, Irene, 15, and Gladys, 18 –seated at the table could tell that John was... Continue Reading →
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.
You ever seen a building that’s been named after someone? Of course you have. We all have. It could be a business building, or an old house, or even a laundromat. There are all kinds of buildings across the United States that have been named after... Continue Reading →
The audience was in a great mood. They had just heard some fantastic music, and were ready for more. The management did not disappoint. Billy McKee came out from behind the curtain, his instrument in his hands. Billy played the bones, an instrument that went back into the mists of ancient history. Originally thought to... Continue Reading →
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!