40 Turn-of-the-Century Leaders Who Shaped Iowa City. In 1906, the Iowa City business community 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 Frank R. Hatch and W. E. Shrader to Otto H. Fink and Thomas A. (Buster) Brown, the list offers an entertaining look at 39 men and 1 woman (remember – this is 1906) “who made and are making Iowa City.”
Hannah Elizabeth Irish – Iowa City’s Business Entrepreneur. In 1895, a visionary named Elizabeth Irish opened a business college, becoming Iowa City’s first business woman to be included in The Commercial Club – the forerunner of the Chamber of Commerce. Over the next 45 years, Irish’s University Business College successfully prepared 12,000 students for productive jobs in the business community.
Iowa City at the Turn of the Century. In just three unique postcard packets, we get 44 enlightening pictures of Iowa City during the early 1900’s.
1900 – 1920 Iowa City – Central. By 1900, penny postcards had become the primary way to communicate any message. And as the expression goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Here’s a look at Iowa City through a collection of penny postcards postmarked during the first twenty years of the 20th century. Starting first in the central part of the city.
1900 – 1920 Iowa City – North. Next, let’s look at the area located north of downtown: The President’s Home, Terrell’s Mill, and some nice recreational spots on the Iowa River.
1900 – 1920 Iowa City – South. Now, let’s finish up with the southern section of town: the Johnson County Court House, the Rock Island Depot, and Sum Place on the Iowa River.
The “Miss Tillie” Postcard Collection. From 1909 to 1913, Miss Tille Hansen of St. Louis was treated to a delightful series of penny postcards from her cousins and friends in Iowa City – one dozen little pieces of Hawkeye history from the turn of the century.
Let’s Go To City Park! (Part I) Iowa Citians have always enjoyed their parks, and from the very beginning (1839), there’s almost always been a City Park where folks can get away from the busyness of life. Part I covers the history of City Park #1 (1839-1890), Iowa River Recreation & The Island (1880’s through 1906), and City Park #2 (1906-1930).
Let’s Go To City Park! (Part II) City Park became a popular attraction for countless Iowa Citians soon after it opened in 1906. With the advent of the automobile, access to City Park was available to most residents, yet one reoccurring problem still needed to be addressed: Flooding. In 1939, two federally-funded projects drastically changed the Iowa River while reshaping City Park, and two major attractions were added in the 50’s, making City Park what it is today.
Economy Advertising – Midland Magazine. So many of the earliest publications coming out of Iowa City were produced at Economy Advertising located on North Linn Street. Maybe the most recognized of all was Midland Magazine, a forerunner of the famed Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
SUI’s Little Four Made One Big Contribution To Campus. From the very beginning of the University of Iowa, when University Square was the only campus, there were four little buildings that made one big contribution to the day-to-day operations of SUI. While they never made it to the big-time, having their pictures printed on penny postcards, they did do an occasional photo-bomb on Old Capitol selfies. Come take a peek with us.
Captain Tom, Iowa City & The Red Devil Airship. In October 1910, a former circus showman, Thomas S. Baldwin, came to town. The Johnson County Fall Farm Festival was in full swing and the highlight this year was Captain Tom and his Red Devil aeroplane. On October 13, aviation history was made with both the first successful flight and the first plane crash in Iowa history.
Iowa City – The Airport. Come fly with me through the surprising aviation history of Iowa City: a Midwest hub for air travel from 1918 through WWII.
Klondike Bill & Friends Visit Iowa City. In late November 1911, a 16-year veteran mail carrier from Alaska came riding into town on a seven-team dog sled – on wheels! Klondike Bill was in the midst of a four-year, 62,000 mile journey – determined to win a $100,000 wager if he completed his challenge in Washington D.C. by June 1912. But wait – was Bill’s story all true? Inquiring minds want to know!