Six months ago, I started a personal challenge to write and publish something every week for a year. Since that time, I have learned a lot about a great many things. I chose as my primary subject the place where I was raised; a small town in the central part of Iowa, called Dysart. ThroughContinue reading “The Great Booster Parade”
The citizens of Dysart continue to show their civic pride and patriotic spirit; land is being sold; barns are being built and several students have graduated.
Built in 1891 to sell hardware and other items needed by a growing town, the big brick building on the corner has continued to serve the community for 130 years. Today, learn about it’s history!
News from the state including Walcott, Amana, Cedar Rapids, Williamsburg, Munterville, Burlington, Ottumwa, Fort Madison, Burlington, Black Hawk County, Fort Madison, and Ames.
War in Mexico has an effect on Iowans at home, skunk farming proves profitable, fire in Waterloo, a dead horse, university salaries, melon farming, button factories and the news from around Tama County are covered this week.
War is declared with Mexico, the State Hospital for the Insane is profiled as well as the Tuberculosis Sanitorium in Toledo, four men are executed for a murder in New York, Waterloo is headed to the Panama Exposition and a dispute is brewing over the new Geneseo School.
When fifteen women are hired to shine shoes in Des Moines and Omaha in 1914, the face strong opposition. This is a story about changing roles and values in the early 20th Century.
Police are looking for a body in a trunk shipped to Iowa from Montana, residents seek relief from pain in the mineral springs of Colfax, wolves are being shot just outside of town and much more.
Several towns around Iowa had their own canning factories. These factories supplemented the income of area farmers and also the towns. This article will explore one such factory in a small town.
Coal mining accident in Iowa, for the love of cars, baseball continues to grow and a big church conference are in the news this week.
Losing a parent at a young age changes your life forever.
This week we explore Iowan’s commitment to bettering themselves and their towns and much more.
In this Special Addition we explore one Native American’s extraordinary quest through Iowa and other states to gain recognition for his people.
The introduction of pheasants into the Iowa countryside, Grinnell Aeroplane Company, a decrease in Iowa’s population and a small town mayor gets into a very public fight.
A horrible tragedy in Clutier, the development of the Cedar Valley District Fair and there are new businesses in Dysart,
This week hog cholera effects local farmers, a pioneer couple celebrate their anniversary, several businesses change hands, Valentine’s Day celebrations, a housing shortage in Elberon and more.
This week plans for the electric plant get even more secure, the Senior Class at Dysart High School makes plans, a teacher is attached by a bird and yellow jaundice claims the life of a local man.
Volunteer firefighters have been the life blood of small communities from the beginning. The people of Dysart have always had one of the best.
This week we talk about an electrified town, an orphan train child gets married, pigs running loose in the opera house and the terrible toll that tuberculosis takes.
The death of a World War I Iowa farm boy and a case of mistaken identity less than two years later.
This week we talk about tuberculosis treatment, Oakdale Sanitorium, Dysart Brick & Tile Company, Chief Red Fox’s visit to the school and an auto accident.
The news from the second week of January 1914 in Dysart, Iowa, provides a glimpse of everyday life.
The news from the first week of January 1914 in Dysart, Iowa, provides a glimpse of everyday life.
I’m starting a one year project to bring to life stories of Dysart Iowa’s first 150 years and here’s the reason why.
My husband and I just got home from our first motorcycle ride for this summer of 2020. Like a lot of things this year, our ride had to wait. Knee replacement surgery for him in mid-May meant several weeks of rehabilitation before attempting the bike. I confess we were back on it much sooner thanContinue reading “I’m All About Me When I’m On The Motorcycle”
I grew up in a small town in Iowa in the 1960s and 1970s. My little town was one-mile square, planted firmly in the middle of farm country. I was a town kid which was different from a farm kid in those days before the Internet made us all more homogeneous in terms of ourContinue reading “I Think I Finally Understand Etta Stoner”
Freda’s journey with Alzheimer’s did not take away her sense of belonging
On the sofa, cutting coupons, drinking coffee & then a changed existence.
Thinking you can write a blog and having something to say are not the same thing.