The Story of Kate Shelley

If you live in the state of Iowa you perhaps know the name of Kate Shelly.  At one time she was known the world ‘round, and certainly her act of bravery is one that still brings visitors to this small town to relive the heroic deed that saved so many

Disaster Lurking in the Darkness

There was a disaster lurking in the darkness.  A rail bridge had washed out and a passenger train would soon be passing this way.  Certainly the tragedy would kill many.  But then, a fifteen year old girl risked her own life for a chance to save many.

The History of a Popular Apple

It’s one of the world’s most popular varieties of fruit and we have it because one farmer couldn’t get a nasty spout to go away.  It’s a story that will take us to two state fairs  before a delicious taste is discovered…

The First Professional African American Baseball Player

Who was the first African American major league baseball player.  Most say Jackie Robinson.  However, residents of this town say it was another man who did it decades earlier…

Keokuk, Iowa–Major League Baseball Town?

You probably don’t think of Keokuk, Iowa as a town that could support a Major League Baseball team.  But that was once the case and that team has an important place in history…

A Small Chapter of the Civil War

Whether you are a student of history or not, we each know something about the Civil War.  However, the next chapter is one few have heard about yet it’s one that is very important.  It’s the tale of a very determined lady who worked tirelessly to help those in need…

A Rock Festival

A lot of cities will hold a festival centered around rock – but we’re not talking about rock music.  For it’s a real rock that will fill all the hotel rooms in this city in the fall and have people driving from states away…

An Odd Rock With An Odd Name

The name of this rock is just as odd as it looks.  Yet it is a rock that puts this place on the map.  We go in search of the unusual and beautiful…

The Barns With An Important Link to the Past

At one time these old barns were hard to see because of the trees and weeds that attempted to engulf them.  However, with a little time and care, a unique story unfolded that had been lost to many in the community.  These barns had an important link to the past…

Saving the Old Barns

Sometimes communities wrestle with the challenge of preserving history while trying to stay progressive at the same time.  Such was the problem facing one small town the effort to save some old barns from the path of a new highway…

Getting An Ice Cold Drink

These days we don’t give a second thought to getting ice out of a machine to cool our drinks.  There was a time though when much of the world had never seen ice, and transporting it to those warm places was big business…

Using Your Tools In Another Trade

Some crop farmers may take on extra work in the winter once the harvest is complete.  For farmers near Waterloo, Iowa, they came to work with the tools of the summer, for a job that could only be done in the middle of the winter…

The Big Winter Harvest in Iowa

The state of Iowa is well known for harvesting a strong percentage of the nation’s corn and soybeans.  Once upon a time, the state had a big harvest to conduct in the middle of the winter as well…

A Family Lost In The Pacific

In the fall of 1942, the USS Juneau was sunk in the Pacific.  On board were some young men from Waterloo, Iowa and their story would soon become national news – a story that is still well known today…

Family Members On The Same Ship

The captain of the USS Juneau saw a potential problem.  He had several members of the same families serving on his ship.  He decided to do something about that situation…

Brothers From Waterloo

Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor, many young men across the nation immediately volunteered for the armed forces.  That was the case for some brothers in Waterloo, Iowa and their story would become nationally known…

The Shop that Time Forgot

His business is truly a time capsule.  When Matthew Edel died in 1940, the doors were closed and no one entered until decades later…

The Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop

You most likely have never heard of Matthew Edel.  You might never have known him if not for the business he left behind…

The Large Windmill of Elk Horn

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Many people like reminders of their heritage.  For the residents of this small town, the reminders is one very large…windmill…

Losing Traditions

When a couple marries they often incorporate traditions from both of their families.  But for the immigrants from this nation, they found they were losing centuries old customs within one generation of coming here…