Cautionary Tales of the Midwest’s Roadways

               Writing is my passion. I enjoy sharing the stories that I collect along my way with whoever cares to…

Cold Anger: The Malone, Iowa Murders of 1929

   The town of Malone was originally a train depot founded in the mid-1860’s. It soon developed a general store,…

A City Stands Still: The Death of William Bettendorf

Last week, I told the story of the Joseph Bettendorf mansion and how its history is forever intertwined with the…

The Joseph Bettendorf Mansion

               All places have history. What deems that particular history important is largely subjective, depending upon the person who is…

The Final Word: The Clinton County Feud Over a Courthouse – and a Bell

              Have you ever been on the losing side of an argument? Not just any argument, but one that you…

Sitting in With the Iowa Lincoln Highway Association

                This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the quarterly meeting of the Iowa Lincoln Highway Association. As…

Healing Fire: The Explosion That Led to A Small Town Hospital

     August 30th, 1945 was just another day for most people. The Second World War had just come to an…

Desecration: Cemetery Vandalism and Grave Robbery

               When I was a kid, I remember my Dad taking me to City Cemetery in Davenport, Iowa. A big…

Kitchen Table Stories: Family Tales Hooking You Into History

There are many things that can hook us into many different facets of historical interest? Do you have one? If so, please share! I love to hear from you folks!

Help! The Need for Volunteers in Historical Organizations

                A while back, I worked with an organization in Clinton, Iowa called the Catholic Historical Center. They are dedicated…