“We Remained,” the story of Russell Volkmann in the Philippines
Most Americans are familiar with General Douglas MacArthur’s famous World War II quotation, as he emphatically stated “We Shall Return!”, upon leaving the Philippines in the war’s early days, in April, 1941. What many Clintonians may not realize is that a saga, which began here in Clinton and moved around the world, to the Far East and back again to Clinton, is the making of a story which has come full-circle in modern America.
The Mississippi Valley Spiritualist Camp, also known as Mount Pleasant Park, came into being in 1885.
The neighborhood, the family, and grocery stores
In 1946, we raced over to Eddie Keefe’s store one fine day to get our first allotment of bubble gum.
Fighting the Second World War
The picture shows me at 4 years old patrolling busy 2nd Street. It seems that I could go anywhere in town, with or without an adult, between ages 5 and 10; but my mother’s one admonition always rang in my ears, “Don’t go near the river!”
Lyons football and local athletics
Here is Lyons High School Football Team of 1937, with Lenny Dose in the back row. The place is Root Park and, if you were at that spot today, you would see Lyons Middle School on the hill behind them.
The trolley, the park, and downtown
Joyce's Park became Eagle Point Park. Clinton millionaires left much land to the people, in the north end and at Riverfront Park, which later became wonderful recreation legacies for our whole community.
The bluff and the river
When Elijah Buell went to the post office in the 1830's, it was a several-day trip along Bluff Road to the Wapsipinicon River to where J.D. Bourne had the only Post Office for miles around.
The Kiwanis Golf Course
Can you imagine golf and putting on black, oiled, sticky, sand greens? How can they be "greens," if they were black? The old Kiwanis Golf Course on 13th Ave. North and 4th Street was such a place.
Teen Hangouts --- The Revere and Marcucci’s
Marcucci's and the Revere were rivals in attracting the teen-age crowd in the 30's and 40's.
Dancing at the Modernistic
A lot of people loved to dance years ago. And so, we take you back again in time to WWI.
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