Time Machine

Time Machine: Eleanor Roosevelt helped celebrate United Nations Week in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — The United Nations’ 10th anniversary was cause for celebration in 1955. Cedar Rapids Mayor Milo Sedlacek appointed a citizens committee to make plans for a weeklong observance that would feature an appearance by former [...]

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Time Machine: Trains bring Mexican immigrants to Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — In the middle of May 1910, a train pulled into Cedar Rapids's Union Station on Fourth Avenue and Fourth Street downtown. The strangely dressed, dark-haired, dark-skinned passengers who disembarked caused passer-bys to stop and [...]

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Time Machine: A death at the Wild West show

CEDAR RAPIDS — The interurban circus grounds on Sixth Street West in Cedar Rapids were used on a weekly basis in spring through fall seasons of the early 20th century, but the show scheduled to set up on May 18, 1915, was especially popular [...]

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Time Machine: The Iowa Cornets

CEDAR RAPIDS — “Just as little boys sometimes dream about becoming the next Pete Rose or O.J. Simpson, here in Iowa the little girls may soon be dreaming of becoming the next Molly Bolin of Sister Green,” wrote a Gazette sport [...]

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Time Machine: The pet of The Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS — It began with a joke. When asked what souvenir a friend could send to him from Florida, Gazette Editor Fred Faulkes replied an alligator, “the biggest one you can find.”

When informed that a reptile was com [...]

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Millville's haunted house

Was it haunted or not? The house, whose address was “End of Skip Level Road,” stood three miles west of Millville in Clayton County.

Bill Meyer was born on the property. He was 15 when he helped build the house that seemed to b [...]

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Pioneer Cemetery

Iowa Code 523I.102 — “Pioneer cemetery” means a cemetery where there were twelve or fewer burials in the preceding fifty years.

With hundreds of tiny pioneer cemeteries in Iowa, the prospect of writing a column about the [...]

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Cold War fallout

The United States’ diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union and China were in tatters, the Soviet Union had tested its first atomic bomb (1949) and the development of the hydrogen bomb (1952) escalated the arms race into overdrive. The na [...]

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The flame that never was

Even as the million-dollar Veterans Memorial Building was rising from the municipal island in the middle of the Cedar River, its appearance still was not finalized.

Several ideas for the huge building’s tower were under discussion an [...]

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Unconventional shapes

Our deep red car was an unrecognizable gray. Clouds of dust rose each time we opened or closed a door. Both of us really wanted a shower, but my husband and I considered our day a success when we discovered four Eastern Iowa round barns after trav [...]

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William Lightner, master builder

Curiosity led me to William H. Lightner.

Along E Avenue NW, in the 1700 block, are two stone pillars mounted on concrete bases, alike, but on separate properties.

Strangely, on C Avenue NW, there are two more, once again in the 1700 [...]

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John Brown and the Underground Railroad

On Oct. 16, 1859, John Brown and his small band of abolitionists seized the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Va.

His plan was to arm his band of raiders and recruit as many slaves and sympathizers as possible to end slavery forcibly in th [...]

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Buchanan School building now houses Ambroz Recreation Center

The Cedar Rapids School Board faced a problem finding enough classrooms for a growing student population in 1902. A committee was formed to figure out a new building site on Mount Vernon Road, because the board thought it was imperative to [...]

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The aviators: First regional air service delivered Gazette to subscribers

The weather was fair and the trip to make the first air delivery of The Gazette was set.

Spread over two days, the first run to Belle Plaine, Independence and Vinton was scheduled shortly after 2:30 p.m. on July 18, 1919. Mount Vernon, Spr [...]

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The Red Ball Route, the original Avenue of the Saints

In 1911, the American Automobile Association, organized in 1902, urged national legislation for a transcontinental highway. One of AAA’s members was Robert N. Carson of Iowa City.

Carson was the primary promoter and advocate [...]

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