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When Nixon “Nick” Denton died in January 1878, his friends in Manchester, Iowa, reminded people of a story Nick liked to tell about an encounter he had with a man who became president of the United States.


Today is Monday, Dec. 28, the 362nd day of 2015. There are three days left in the year.

HONOLULU — New images of a large U.S. Navy seaplane that sank in Hawaii waters during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor show a coral-encrusted engine and reef fish swimming in and out of a hull.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Great Lakes have claimed thousands of ships since European explorers began navigating the waters in the 1600s, but few have captured the public’s imagination as has the Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank on Nov. 10, 1975, in Lake Superior.

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II led commemorations Monday to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta — but the human rights the document helped enshrine are at the center of a modern political feud.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The autobiography of prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder, a blockbuster for the South Dakota State Historical Society Press, is expected to jump to about 145,000 copies in print by mid-summer.


CLINTON — Local historians have always known the Gateway area has a wealth of history — on Saturday they were able to share that with nearly 100 people at the first Gateway History Conference.

CLINTON — History aficionados from around the region are invited to a unique expo Saturday as the Clinton Public Library, Sawmill Museum and other organizations host the first Gateway History conference.


FULTON, Ill. — A program this weekend will take participants back in time to showcase the many area islands of the Mississippi River.


EDITOR'S NOTE: On the night Abraham Lincoln was shot, April 14, 1865, Associated Press correspondent Lawrence Gobright scrambled to report from the White House, the streets of the stricken capital, and even from the blood-stained box at Ford's Theatre, where, in his memoir he reports he was …


Today is Saturday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2015. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine's Day.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, reflected later on how it felt to be treated less than equal and once feistily wrote of how tired she was of being “pushed around” — parts of her history long hidden away.

Not long ago, I wrote an article about Wittenberg, the city where Martin Luther posted his “95 Theses” and started the Reformation. It is located on the Elbe River in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt about midway between Berlin and Leipzig.It seems

Somehow it seems fitting that Emmett McEleney was born in 1886 — the same year Carl Benz completed the Benz Patent Motor Car, considered to be the first true automobile.

In the early part of our country’s history, the east coast was settled by British, Dutch and other immigrants. By the mid-19th Century, it was the Irish, Scandinavians and Germans’ turn to come in large numbers. Europe was crowded, its forests depleted, fishing had become sparse, and land wa…

These are tough times for many, but our ancestors from across the seas had even harsher winters than did our parents from the Great Depression. Wars and economic blight, unimaginable in our lifetimes, brought those relatives in droves to America’s shores. We can’t possibly fathom what it wa…

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Jane Riedesel, 85, died June 15, 2019, at Clarrisa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. Visitation will be 4:00 until 7:00 Thursday with funeral at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran, Grand Mound. Complete obituary at