• By Cheryl Mullenbach

When a passenger train crashed near Knoxville, Iowa, on Monday, May 24, 1909, J.M. Harrison, a detective with the Chicago, Burlington & Qu…

  • Cheryl Mullenbach

When the students of Mrs. Jennie Huegle’s classroom in Des Moines contributed the money they collected at their spring program to the Della We…

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

The rat, mice, and ground squirrel populations of Iowa were about to be drastically reduced if the state department of health commissioner had…

  • Cheryl Mullenbach

‘There is a handsome bronze tablet in the Army and Navy building in Washington, memorializing the mules and horses who died in the war; but no…

  • Cheryl Mullenbach

Iowa’s Governor Leslie M. Shaw delivered his annual message to the legislature and the citizens of the state in January 1900. He had a number …

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

"Fire! Fire!” Arlo Everling, a guest at the Saylor Hotel in Harlan, Iowa, staggered from his second floor room at 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 21, 1949. …

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

Waiters in the state’s restaurants predicted unsatisfactory service for patrons starting in July 1915 after a new law was passed by the 36th G…

“Everybody came from somewhere, as nobody was born and raised here,” John F. Fish said in 1914 when the elderly Wapello County pioneer sat dow…

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

Civic leaders in Iowa in 1869 were proud of their state. It offered some of the most fertile soils and flourishing towns and cities. Railroads…

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

The Secret Service said it was his “unusually inquisitive” nature about military matters that tipped off personnel about a German man working …

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

F.J. Leach, driver for the Western Stage Company, was making his way from Corydon to Centerville on May 6, 1865, with several U.S. mail bags a…

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

“They are simply awful. They left farm life to go on the stage and are raising larger crops than when tilling the soil. Beans, peas, turnips, …

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

Farmers in the Charles City area threatened to take their business to neighboring towns if the Improvement Association removed the hitching po…

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

No, the Red Cross would never solicit donations through chain letters. And the public should immediately destroy any of those bogus letters th…

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

Survivors described the cries and shrieks of dying passengers as “heart-rending.” And one recalled the last voice he heard was that of a “litt…

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

“I was wounded in action on Nov. 8, 1918, chasing “Hans” out of beautiful France. Take it from me, we were hot on his trail when I got mine,” …

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

“She emptied her revolver into the elk and laid him low at her horse’s feet,” a Massachusetts newspaper described how an Iowa woman named Magg…

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

Button making factories could be found in towns all along the Mississippi River in 1909. Muscatine was known as the “Pearl Button Capital of t…

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

“I always know everyone is enjoying the dinner if nothing is said,” an Iowa homemaker said. “If it isn’t all right I hear about it.”

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

The body of 10- year-old Minnie Bowers was found lodged in a pile of mud and debris. She was one of over 40 people who died in the flood of 18…

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

The residents of Eldon, Iowa, couldn’t believe what they were hearing. One of their most respected citizens had been arrested for the robbery …

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

When Nixon “Nick” Denton died in January 1878, his friends in Manchester, Iowa, reminded people of a story Nick liked to tell about an encount…

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

“I am hating war and the conditions which make it possible more as each day goes by, and I hated it strongly before I even left America.”

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

Believe it or not, Iowan Eva Jordan probably broke a world record in 1935. That was the year Robert Ripley featured the 66-year-old in his new…

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

“Aside from the overt criminal acts described and a too liberal use of profanity, my life has been approximately pure and correct,” Polk Wells…

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

In the summer of 1907 it wasn’t unusual to find a gaggle of kids playing on the wharf at the foot of Dubuque Street in Iowa City near the home…

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

“He thanked me, and, oh, he was a fine gentleman,” Mary Wiseman Hindman recalled in 1930 when a Wisconsin newspaper reporter interviewed her.

  • By Cheryl Mullenbach

When Ira Lepper died in January 1908 a Sioux City newspaper claimed he was the last surviving son of a veteran of the American Revolution in I…