Adams County

Episode 1: The Devil You Know: The John Hoskins Murders

In 1919, Irene Hoskins burst into her neighbors house, bleeding profusely. The story she told them would change their lives forever. What horrible event took place at the Hoskins’ rural Iowa farm?   Sources “Triple Murder Near Prescott.” Adams County Free Press, 1/15/1919 “Bad Murder at Prescott.” Adams County Free Press, 1/18/1919 ”Hoskins is Indicted.” …

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The Marble Woman: Thoughts of Henry Reese in Adams County

If you ever happen to be driving along Highway 34 through Adams County, Iowa, you’ll eventually pass a cemetery along the right-hand side of the road. While mostly unobtrusive, there is one stone that definitely stands out. Standing nearly ten feet tall, it’s an elaborate monument, topped by a beautiful woman carved from marble. She’s …

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Corning, Iowa’s Main Street: Consumed by Fire, Rises Again

The day probably started out normally for most of the people in Corning. Nestled into the rolling hills of Adams County in southwest Iowa, they went about their lives as they normally would on that early October day in 1896. In addition to their everyday chores and tasks, many would have probably already been working …

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