The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


December 6, 2013

HERRITY: Residents have pride in neighborhood


At 2 o’clock on Saturday, September 21, 1935, the final day of the three-day celebration began with free acts at 10:30 a.m., and at 2 o’clock the formal program commenced. Master of ceremonies, E. F. Meyer introduced the speakers, W.C. Eastland (Editor of the Clinton Herald) and Jim Poole, a regional livestock expert.

At the stadium dedication, Peter Matzen spoke of local progress, even “under the present economic upheaval” (referring to the Great Depression). He spoke of the programs that helped build the stadium (the W.P.A.) and the use of concrete and electricity, which our pioneers never imagined. Col. Wheeler was a speaker because he was instrumental in having Lock and Dam 13 built here, and was introduced by Halleck Seaman, who led the fight for it. These speakers were followed by the Queen’s crowning by the mayor of Clinton, W.L. Greene. The finalists were Jeanette Lueders (who won), and Berdella Vincent, Henrietta Hinrichsen, and Ann Holdgrafer. Several others received votes ranging from 2,400 to 21,800 in a very strong competition among 10 contestants. Iowa State Bank won the float contest and Becker Seed was a contender in several areas.

The main industries in Lyons were The Wire Cloth Factory, run by Seaman; The Lock Shop, and Lubbers and Bell. There were other factories also, like Disbrow’s Woodworking and Anderson-Winter Furniture Manufacturing.

Lyons had been an independent town from 1835 until it was annexed to Clinton in 1895. It had 24 mayors prior to annexation. A. R. Cotton was first and D. Whitney was the last. In between, C.L. Root, C.M Baldwin, David Joyce, C. Moeszinger, Ira Stockwell and a few others served.

Lyons, Iowa was a proud pioneer community which really started regional settlement in an important part of northeastern Iowa — on the Mississippi — and ushered in a time of fantastic growth and economic prosperity. The original citizens of Lyons taught its new neighbor of Clinton to prosper in an organized and law-abiding manner, which did us all proud.

Sources: Marvin “Muffy” Zastrow; Clinton Herald archives from September 19-21,1935; Clinton Co. Historical Museum; and ‘Rose’ from The Unicorn…… which BTW, has delicious breakfasts now!

Gary Herrity is the Clinton Herald’s historical columnist. His column appears on page 5A on Fridays.



Text Only
  • Rastrelli's Rastrelli's restaurant a cornerstone in Lyons District Pete Rastrelli (1900-1966) came here to work for Marcucci’s as a candy maker in 1926 after learning the trade at businesses like Curtis Candy Co. in Chicago.In Clinton, he met and married a nursing student named Ida Baldacci. Ida was an orphan from C

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • 6-11-14 McEleney photo A closer look at the McEleneys' history Leo and Emmett McEleney started their business in 1914. Now, 100 years of service to the community has been accomplished. They started with Jeffery automobiles, and it was their mechanical prowess (Emmett) and business sense (Leo) which really helped

    June 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • St. Irenaeus Church marks 150 years Lyons was founded in 1835 by Elijah Buell. Just 13 years later, the Catholic parish of St. Irenaeus was organized by Father Cyril Jean, a French priest sent to Lyons by Bishop Matthew Loras who also presided at the first Mass in 1837. The first wood

    May 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Herrity history Picture showcases tower's fall You may have heard that "a picture is worth a thousand words." Well, this picture certainly is. History-lovers can often go on talking about some old photographs for a half-hour or more, and this is a fine example. Let's start with Sunday, July 27,

    April 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-14-14 Longman service Clinton hero laid to rest

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill.-- After 70 years, Lt. Louis L. Longman, of Clinton, finally has been laid to rest with full military honors in the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery. First Lt. Chaplin Jacob Grenier, of Muscatine, performed Catholic burial rite

    April 12, 2014 4 Photos

  • Drive-in theatre dominant Clinton's own drive-in theater Spring brings many thoughts, but taking the family out to see a big-screen movie at the Clinton Drive-In Theatre on Iowa 136 and North 16th Street is sadly no longer an option. Large families were thirsting for family activities after World War II.

    April 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • Longmann 70 years in the making: WWII soldier to be honored Imagine three boys, orphaned in the midst of the Great Depression, moving from Minnesota to an adjacent state to live with extended family. How hard it would be to lose both parents and, then, have to move away and take up a new life in a strange tow

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dale Gardner astronaut collage Let's celebrate our successful people There are many famous and successful people who have called Clinton home. We need to celebrate their lives as well as all of their contributions. Recently, former astronaut Dale Gardner, 65, died. He and two other astronauts have connections with Cli

    March 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • Lyons photo for Herrity column HERRITY: Residents have pride in neighborhood

    To this day, thousands of Clintonians say, "I was born and raised in Lyons." Founder Elijah Buell first set foot on the banks of what would become Lyons, Iowa in 1835. He built a cabin, laid out a town, platted the community, raised a family, sold

    December 6, 2013 1 Photo

  • Dem Convention.jpg Famous Clinton Lawyers

    Clinton lawyers in our history are a group of hugely contributing citizens.

    September 27, 2013 1 Photo