Time Machine

TIME MACHINE: Herbert Hoover comes home for the last time

CEDAR RAPIDS — Herbert Clark Hoover, 31st President of the United States, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1964, at the age of 90. Wishing to be buried in his hometown of West Branch, Hoover had selected the gravesite atop a small hill overlooking th [...]

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Time Machine: Mayor’s murder

CEDAR RAPIDS — John T. Carmody was an experienced machinist when he arrived in Cedar Rapids from Lima, Ohio, in 1885. He immediately went to work for Whiting Bros. foundry as foreman.

Within two years, F.H. Whiting had bought out his [...]

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Time Machine: Kingston hosted a series of pro football games

CEDAR RAPIDS — A group of businessmen formed the West Side Civic Club in May 1959 as a way to promote Cedar Rapids’ west side.

The club applied to the Iowa secretary of state for a charter as a corporation and went from a pre-c [...]

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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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