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FULTON, Ill. — A program about Lock and Dam 13 will be presented Sunday at the Fulton (Martin House) Museum.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. The museum is located at 707 10th Ave. The north entrance of the museum is handicap accessible. Refreshments will be served.

Jerry Jackson will be the presenter. He attended St, Mary’s High School in Clinton, graduating in 1956, and then went on to St Ambrose, majoring in physics. He then went to Cleveland and finished graduate school at CaseWRU and earned a PhD in physics.

He spent four years in the academic world and changed to applied physics in industry, ending at Pitney Bowes in Connecticut with a specialty in various printing applications and holding about 15 patents in that area. Jerry and his wife, Jean, retired first to Williamsburg, Virginia and recently moved to Cedar Rapids to be closer to a daughter.

Jackson gave a presentation about Lock and Dam 13 to the Cedar Rapids Literary Club, of which he is a member. Resources were researched at the Fulton (Martin House) Museum and, as a result, Jackson was invited by members of the Fulton Historical Society to present this history and personal memories of Lock and Dam 13. The title of his PowerPoint presentation is “The Nine Foot Channel in the Mississippi River (Living Near Dam Number 13).”

Bud Berzinski, a Fulton resident, had written “The History of the Mississippi River and Construction of Dam #13” for the Fulton Museum nine years ago. The pictorial and narrative information printed in a booklet format was used by and is listed in Jackson’s bibliography. Previous programs on the construction and history of Lock and Dam 13 presented at the museum are also included in Jackson’s presentation.

His personal recollections and memories add a special reflection on hometown turf: “On some days we would go for a different kind of walk – up to the railroad tracks. This was a way to get closer to the river and look at ‘our’ part of the dam, the Iowa side. Starting from home and traveling under the elms that arched over the streets, it took us eight blocks to reach the railroad tracks. As this point, the surroundings change and caused us to pause.”

Later, in his Postlude, the author and presenter reminds us that, “The dam structure is beyond its intended 60-year life and falls into our aging infrastructure category.”