Uncategorized

Fit of Rage: A Kitchen Table Historian Short Story Podcast

Jesse Stanbridge was just another railroad cop doing his job in 1909 when he had an argument with a local farmer. That disagreement set into motion a chain of events that would change both their lives forever.   Sources Ancestry.com. Iowa, U.S., State Census Collection, 1836-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007. Year: 1900; …

Fit of Rage: A Kitchen Table Historian Short Story Podcast Read More »

Fit of Rage: A Kitchen Table Historian Short Story

Jesse Stanbridge’s breath came in a plume as the bitter January cold bit into him. He dug his hands deeper into the pockets of his overcoat as he walked through the Iowa night. His eyes scanned the railyard. Stanbridge wasn’t looking for anything in particular, just anything that stood out. He shivered, silently cursing the …

Fit of Rage: A Kitchen Table Historian Short Story Read More »

Episode 95: Depths of Despair: A Murder/Suicide Plot in Iowa

Mary Stewart had died too young, and her husband, William, couldn’t stand the grief. Buying a gun, he set into motion plans of murder and suicide. But after telling a neighbor, nothing went the way he expected, resulting in an unbelievable conclusion.   Sources Police Block Father’s Plot to Slay Babes. The Davenport Democrat and …

Episode 95: Depths of Despair: A Murder/Suicide Plot in Iowa Read More »

Episode 93: Is This Former Iowa Mortuary Now a Haunted Radio Station?

The Rock and Roll Mansion in Davenport, Iowa, is a former mortuary that’s been converted into the current home of many popular local radio stations. Employees over the years swear they have experienced everything from phantom footsteps to full apparitions. Do some spirits remain after their funeral was held in the building?   Sources Entertains …

Episode 93: Is This Former Iowa Mortuary Now a Haunted Radio Station? Read More »

Episode 92: Did Dr. William Stoecks Keep His Routine After His Death?

Dr. William Stoecks was a dedicated physician and surgeon, treating countless people throughout his career. He died in 1961. But did he stay in his former home and interact with the college fraternity who bought it?   Sources Arpy, Jim. A Ghost Chaser Unravels the Mystery of Davenport’s ‘Haunted House.’ The Times-Democrat, 5/11/1972 Sheridan, Joe. …

Episode 92: Did Dr. William Stoecks Keep His Routine After His Death? Read More »

Did Dr. William Stoecks Keep His Routine After His Death?

Davenport, Iowa, has played host to several strange events over its long existence, but certainly one of the strangest took place in 1919. In March of that year, a 41-year-old doctor named William A. Stoecks was working on the third floor of one of the city’s hospitals, Mercy Hospital. As he went about his business, …

Did Dr. William Stoecks Keep His Routine After His Death? Read More »