Northeast Iowa’s Centennial Flood Of 1876

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 1876 that swept through northeast Iowa wiping out the tiny hamlet of Rockdale near Dubuque.

President Grant Delivers Lengthy Speech In Iowa

Loudly applauding crowds of people filled the “gaily decorated” streets of Des Moines on September 29, 1875, as President Ulysses S. Grant arrived for the reunion of the Army of the Tennessee, according to the Union (Missouri) Record.

Vilhjalmur Stefansson: Arctic Explorer, Reindeer Expert, Iowa Grad

New York City in 1919 was home to quite a few University of Iowa grads; and on Saturday night, December 27, a reunion was held at the English Tavern on East 41st Street. Vilhjalmur Stefansson was there to join the group in singing “Old Gold” and to hear Dr. William B. Guthrie, president of the New York Alumni Association, welcome attendees.

The Rise And Fall Of Stagecoaches In Iowa

In the 1850s little boys wanted to be stagecoach drivers when they grew up. Perched high on the seat, in control of a team of high-spirited horses, racing through the countryside—a stagecoach driver’s job looked pretty glamorous to the typical 10 year old.