Scott County

The Long Grove, Iowa Bank Robbery of 1921

The morning of December 15, 1921 was just another winter morning in Long Grove, Iowa. The business district at the center of the small town was humming with activity as people went about their normal business. People made their way along the streets, maybe stopping in for a haircut or a little gossip at the …

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Little Stone For a Big Man: The Giant of Scott County, Iowa

If you were to peruse a history of the small town of Long Grove, Iowa, you are very likely to find a very interesting black and white photograph. In it stands a huge man, looking at the camera with relative disinterest. The viewer can’t help but notice the man’s size. Yes, he’s very overweight, but …

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Midnight Tragedy: The Koenig Family Murder/Suicide of 1870

   The mid 1800’s was a time of intense migration from Western Europe to the United States. Millions of immigrants made their way across the Atlantic to settle anywhere and everywhere.    They came for many reasons, but ultimately, they all amounted to one thing – to make a better life for themselves and their …

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Suicidal: William Stewart Walks the Long, Dark Path in 1920

William Stewart’s beloved wife, Mary, was dead. He was only in his early 40’s, still a relatively young man. He had planned on spending the rest of his life with her. But it was not to be. Grieving, William sent his two children, Pearl and William, to live with his brother near Charlotte, Iowa. He …

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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, was once America’s frontier. Before 1833, when the United States Congress opened what was then known as the Blackhawk Purchase to free settlement, nearly that entire region was as wild and untamed as anything the …

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The Day Horace Angle Chased His Wife Through a Window

All marriages have their ups and downs. It’s not always an easy thing living with another human being. More than sharing space and material goods, living with someone else is also the sharing of moods and attitudes toward life in general. Like so many other things in life, these things aren’t always positive. No one …

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Fire in the Snow: The Sudden End of Singleton Gardiner

Winter driving can always be sketchy in the Midwest. Snow, ice, and plummeting temperatures can create dangerous road conditions. Almost one-hundred years ago this month, a Davenport man named Singleton Gardiner tragically found that out. Insurance Agent    Singleton Gardiner was the superintendent of the Davenport division of the Prudential Insurance Company. He had originally …

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