Category: Clinton County

Episode 41: The Edward Crampton Murders of 1921

Malone, Iowa, is perhaps the best hidden town in Clinton County, Iowa. In 1921, it also played host to one…

The Ed Crampton Murders of 1921

No expects to see a life-sized hippo along an Iowa roadside. A deer, raccoon, or even a coyote? Sure. But…

Rising From the Flames

The world was breathing a little easier at the end of 1945. For the past several years, the Second World…

Episode 15: Rising From the Flames

August 30, 1945, was a day like any other in DeWitt, Iowa. That is, until the explosions started. What happened…

The Quiet Ones

 Guy Gilbert was probably a little surprised when his son Gene showed up on the doorstep of his Yale, South…

Buena Vista: Bridge to the End

I doubt that Frederick Rothstein thought much about bridges when he was living at Allen’s Grove, Iowa. They were probably…

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…

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…

John Shook’s Toes: Surgery on the Iowa Frontier

   Hard as it is to believe now, Scott County, Iowa, bordering the Mississippi River on the state’s eastern edge,…

Once Upon an Iowa Blizzard – The Journey of H.V. Morrill

   Perhaps the most dangerous weather in the Midwest is the blizzard.    Temperatures plummet, and the wind not only…