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40 Turn-Of-The-Century Leaders Who Shaped Iowa City.
The year is 1906.
At the turn of the century, Iowa City was bustling with business. Not only was the State University of Iowa (SUI) expanding its campus (see pic above), but downtown Iowa City was alive with growth as well (below).
In 1906, The Iowa City Commercial Club published a little booklet entitled Our Live Ones – Iowa City – hiring a cartoonist by the name Hruska to draw 40 sketches of our city’s most prominent leaders. From Mayor George W. Ball) to County AttorneyW.J. McDonald, from Department Store Owner Frank R. Hatch and Pharmacist W. E. Shrader to Cigar Shop Owners Otto H. Fink and Thomas A. (Buster) Brown, the list offered an entertaining look at 39 men and 1 woman (remember – this is 1906) “who made and are making Iowa City.”
Below is an overview of the 40 leaders pictured in Our Live Ones. The links you see will take you to more biographical information provided by the Iowa City Public Library…
Thus far, Our Iowa Heritage has explored a bit deeper into the lives of four of these 1906 community leaders. Click on the link for the full story…
In closing, let me share what was written in 1906 about these forty “sturdy, staunch and true citizens” of Iowa City…
A tip of the old hat to this 1906 “Hall of Fame” – 40 business leaders who made Iowa City into the up-n-coming community of the 20th century. And to the 1906 cartoonist known only as Hruska, who did one heck of a job on the artwork of this project.
Kudos to the amazing resources below for the many quotes, photographs, etc. used on this page.