Clinton County

Episode 36: The Emotional Insanity of George Scott

George Scott was a loving family man. All of a sudden, he became convinced that his wife was trying to kill him. The drastic steps he took to take care of that would shock his close-knit neighborhood to its very foundations.   Sources  “The Delmar Tragedy.” Daily Davenport Democrat, 2/25/1874 The Morning Democrat, 2/25/1874 “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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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 position. While the new promotion may have come as a surprise, he was more than up to the task.    Born in Pennsylvania, he decided to become a lawyer. Seven years later, he and his …

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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 his 18 years as a sailor and sea captain, Lyons still liked to use it on occasion, and what he saw on that day in 1851 surprised him.      There, in one of his …

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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 drives that cold through a person, but blows the snow so hard that they can hardly see. Many lives have been claimed by Iowa’s winter storms over the years, and H.V. Morrill was almost among …

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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 felt so strongly about that no matter how things turned out, you still felt that you were right? It sucks. Most of us have probably been there, but even though you don’t like it, you …

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