“Booze was not the issue at all, it was woman suffrage,” J.R. Kane, newly elected mayor of Charlotte, Iowa, claimed in explaining his win in a city election in 1922.
“We start out sometimes and find a body but not a trace for identification. But we just won’t give up. We know some mother back home will be glad we stuck to the job.”
 “This letter may be pretty hard to read by the time you get it. Our ink has long since frozen up and bursted,” Henry Lamprecht wrote to his friend, Hub Phillips, back in Eldora, Iowa, in March 1897.
International Live Stock Exposition attendees—a record-breaking 55,000 of them—seemed to overlook the “packing house stenches” and “fetid air” that hung over the arena in Chicago when two Iowa kids showed the grand champion steer in 1928.
by Lisa Ralls Winnebago Co. Naturalist
How did a small town Iowa woman earn the title “African Sheep Queen” in the early 1900s? By becoming owner of a 6,000-acre sheep ranch in Norvalspont, South Africa.

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“Booze was not the issue at all, it was woman suffrage,” J.R. Kane, newly elected mayor of Charlotte, Iowa, claimed in explaining his win in a city election in 1922. Women had won the vote through the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution; and that milestone had propelled a rash of female...
“We start out sometimes and find a body but not a trace for identification. But we just won’t give up. We know some mother back home will be glad we stuck to the job.” It was a gruesome task the American soldier in post-war France recounted for Betty Adler from Davenport, Iowa, in July 1919. The...
 “This letter may be pretty hard to read by the time you get it. Our ink has long since frozen up and bursted,” Henry Lamprecht wrote to his friend, Hub Phillips, back in Eldora, Iowa, in March 1897. Lamprecht had set off for the Alaska gold fields in search of his fortune earlier in the year....
International Live Stock Exposition attendees—a record-breaking 55,000 of them—seemed to overlook the “packing house stenches” and “fetid air” that hung over the arena in Chicago when two Iowa kids showed the grand champion steer in 1928. Newspapers from coast to coast covered the story. Time...
by Lisa Ralls Winnebago Co. Naturalist During the late summer months, Iowa’s roadsides and prairies burst forth with fantastic colors! These colors come from the over 500 species of plants that, historically, have made up the interwoven fabric of our prairie ecosystem. That ecosystem has been an...
How did a small town Iowa woman earn the title “African Sheep Queen” in the early 1900s? By becoming owner of a 6,000-acre sheep ranch in Norvalspont, South Africa. Elizabeth Faint, a Kesley, Iowa, native, was taking a break from her teaching job in North Dakota by touring with a group in Europe...
“a little, short, plump, cute, snuppy-uppy puppy who was white and soft and just the size to cuddle…” What toddler could resist a story about this adorable little pup, who went by the name Pinky Pup? In 1928 Pinky Pup and the Empty Elephant was a popular children’s book by Mason City native Dixie...
The Honsey family gathered for a wedding this past weekend and found the time to pose for a five-generation photo. Seated in front: Great-great-grandmother, Berdine Honsey. Standing in back: father, Tell Heesch, holding baby Turner Heesch; great-grandfather, Curtis Honsey; and grandmother, Andrea...
“Iowa Girl to Take Dictation from Polar Explorer, 3,200 Miles Away,” the Waterloo Courier newspaper headline must have caught the attention of readers, who were hungry for distractions from the typical dreary news stories of the day. Deep in the midst of the Great Depression the adventures of a...
There are four performances left of “Pirates of Penzance” which is being held at Forest City High School—7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 26, 27, and 28, and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, July 29. The “Pirates of Penzance” is often credited as the start of modern musical theatre. Written in...

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