Clinton County

Episode 64: The Quiet House: The Gilbert Family Slayings

Guy Gilbert returned to his South Dakota home to find that his visiting son had committed suicide. When the police went to notify his family of his untimely death, they had no idea of the horrors that awaited them inside their quiet house in Iowa.   Sources Friend says Gilbert threatened to kill family. The …

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Edward Graham’s Legacy: The Forgotten DeWitt Courthouse of 1854

   In 1853, Edward Graham was made the County Judge of Clinton County, Iowa, when his predecessor unexpectedly vacated the position. While the new promotion may have come as a surprise, he was more than up to the task.    Born in Pennsylvania, he decided to become a lawyer. Seven years later, he and his …

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Justice on the Prairie: Farmers Break a Horse Thieving Ring in Clinton County, Iowa

   From his home in Elvira, Iowa, Captain Robert Lyons surveyed his property with his mariner’s telescope. A relic from his 18 years as a sailor and sea captain, Lyons still liked to use it on occasion, and what he saw on that day in 1851 surprised him.      There, in one of his …

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