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

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…

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

‘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…

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 …

"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. …

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…

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…

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

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…

“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, …

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

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

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…

“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,” …

“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…

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…

“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.”

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…

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

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…

“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.”

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…

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

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…

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

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…

“Mrs. Jaffray evidently believes it is entirely proper to bring the public into the very bed rooms of the presidents.” The Oakland Tribune ran…

Early in 1906 a group of former Iowa residents living in New York City decided to form a club they named the Iowa Society of New York. It was …

Bert M. Bills, a Vinton jeweler, and his young wife got a very nice Christmas present in 1900. Bills had purchased a raffle ticket for a dolla…

“Lizzie Gilday, Fort Dodge, Ia. May this reach my true love.” The message was written on an egg that Charles Percy H. Smith held in his hands …

Mary Harrah had been a popular teacher in Newton in 1890. Within just a few years she had made a name for herself in the family cattle busines…

For about $100 a man could secure all the necessary articles he needed in Sioux City to outfit himself for a gold digging expedition to the Bl…