The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

History

December 6, 2013

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 land, gave away land and had to go to Dubuque to permanently claim it.

One hundred years later, Lyons would have perhaps its biggest Centennial Celebration ever… on September 19, 20 and 21, 1935. According to “Muffy” Zastrow, 95, there were other celebrations in the summers before this monumental one and also every year thereafter, up through the 1950s. I, personally, recall a giant Ferris wheel on Main near Second Street in 1956, and six blocks of activities!

The Lyons Shopping Center had contiguous buildings from McEleney’s, then by the bridge at the river, out to the Lyons Lumber Co. run by the Borbecks on Third Street. The Struve Mill and Reimers Grocery Store on the south side were beyond it, and it wasn’t far to the one-mile house. Just short of that, on the north side of Main, was Whiskey Hollow, Tritschler Brewery on the hill, and Waldorf Service (which is now a house) at the corner of Main Avenue and 10th Street.

Commerce was then thriving. Muffy recalls hundreds of small businesses, and each supported a family. Darlene’s Dress Shop was west of Muffy’s Men’s Shop. Across the street was the bank that became the Masonic Temple. Muffy went to high school on the park, where he also played basketball and was drum major of the band — one of four that marched up Main Avenue in 1935. He recalls a stage was constructed in front of Paaske’s where various acts entertained crowds. The steamboat “LeClaire” was moored on the river and was the site for formal speeches.

Text Only
History
  • Longman.jpg Stars and stripes to fly at half-staff

    Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa to be flown at half-staff from 5 p.m. today until 8 a.m. Monday in honor of a World War II airman, whose remains were recovered more than 70 years after being killed in action.
    Lt. Louis L. Longman, a 26-year old at the time he was last seen April 16, 1944, was a Clinton native. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps Air Force and when he was last seen, his unit was returning from a B-25 bomber escort mission over Hollandia, New Guinea.

    April 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • DeBey building Program highlights newspaper's impact FULTON, Ill. -- A presentation Sunday will focus on the historical aspect of a Fulton newspaper. The program about the Fulton Journal will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fulton Museum, 707 10th Ave. Refreshments will be served. The Fulton (Martin Ho

    April 11, 2014 2 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

  • 140407_GT_OUT_Forster_1.jpg Revolutionary War flag could fetch millions at auction

    An iconic piece of history from the Revolutionary War is up for auction through Doyle New York, an auction and appraising company in New York City.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clinton woman featured in World War II photo exhibit CHICAGO -- A portrait of one of the Clinton women who wiped grime from railroad locomotives during World War II is featured in a new exhibition at the Chicago History Museum, "Railroaders: Jack Delano's Homefront Photography." She is Dorothy (Steven

    March 29, 2014

  • 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

  • Herrity history Another look at winter memories Recently, a newspaper proclaimed, "It's Official, 2014 is Worst Winter in Memory." Not so fast, 20-somethings. Don't discount many octogentarians who will recall those swirling winds of 1936. Winters of old are legendary for hard times caused by sev

    February 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • High school building High school correspondence: '68 and '88

    Not even a towering inferno which destroyed their high school could deplete the resiliency of the CHS students of 1968. This is the story of the sophomore English class of Mrs. Jaeger on May 29, 1968. They had just endured living through a horrible

    January 31, 2014 1 Photo 2 Stories

  • A glimpse of Clinton in the past

    1855 was a year that saw a number of significant events.

    December 30, 2013