Category Archives: Iowa History

This is Osceola

This is George Catlin’s painting of Osceola. Iowa has an Osceola County and also a city named Osceola, which is located in Clarke County. A high school girl’s basketball team, the Clarke County Indians, put together a poster celebrating their … Continue reading

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Can You Yada Yada History?

The TV show Seinfeld had a memorable episode called “The Yada Yada.”  In the episode, a number of conversations involved a story in which a part was described with the words “yada yada, yada.”   Usually that is used to … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Room (and what happened to it?)

When you stalk someone long enough you may start to think you know everything about him.  Then he comes up with something new. I have been stalking Henry Webster Parker.  He’s dead now, so he doesn’t mind. H.W. Parker is … Continue reading

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Infrastructure

I talk a lot in this blog about nature, and since I live in the state of Iowa in the United States of America, I thought I would talk about the impact of human infrastructure on nature in Iowa. Some … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 139: The Death of General Street

In May of 1840 General Joseph Montfort Street died. General Street had been Indian Agent to the Sacs and Foxes, and by all accounts had looked out for the interests of the Indians. He had a close friendship with Wapello … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 134: The Founding of Agency City

The treaty signed by Poweshiek, Keokuk, and a number of the other chiefs of the Sacs and Foxes required the groups of Meskwaki living near what became Iowa City to relocate within a year.  It gave Keokuk’s group of Sac … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 132: “Ross Can Come Back Now.”

The early settlers in the Iowa City area had frequent interactions with the Indians.  Sometimes those interactions were positive—shared meals, care for women in childbirth.  Sometimes the interactions took on a darker character. Asa Gregg was an early settler who … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 110: Pow-E-Shiek

No comprehensive history of Chief Poweshiek exists.  There are a number of historical writings that mention him, however. You may remember that Poweshiek became a chief by default, when a number of the Meskawki leaders were massacred by Sioux warriors … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 109: Rattan is a Verb

The assault on J. B. Grinnell by Lovell Rousseau and his cane happened in June 1866, and may have been sparked by conversations that happened then.  However, I would be willing to bet that the event was planned far in … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 106: Another View

The National Republican was a Washington D.C. newspaper that started operation during Lincoln’s years in office and promoted, not surprisingly, causes aligned with the Republican Party. On the day after Rousseau’s assault on Grinnell, here is what they wrote about … Continue reading

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