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Marching in style—firemen’s uniforms over the years

Back in the early days in Villisca, as well as in neighboring towns and across the entire state, being a member of the local volunteer fire department meant a lot more than “simply” putting out fires that threatened to burn … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas to all!

The hustle and bustle of Christmas is not new to Villisca. One hundred forty-six years ago, just like today, there were many events surrounding the holiday—from dances and dinners, to buying and giving gifts, to church going and school programs. … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving and Football – Hand in Hand

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Hallowe’en celebrations in 1911

Halloween was taken very seriously, back in the day.  By seriously, it is meant that adults and children alike took delight in dressing up and playing at being frightened. Villisca was no different. Kids and grown ups looked forward to … Continue reading

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Special Villisca Historical Society benefit screening of “The Barn Raisers” will be presented July 1

The Barn Raisers, a new documentary by Mid-America Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle (Villisca: Living with a Mystery) of Fourth Wall Films will be showcased at Villisca Heritage Day, Sunday, July 1. The award-winning film will screen at 2:00 p.m. at the Villisca Wellness Center, 219 Central Avenue and benefit the Villisca Historical Society and its efforts to preserve local history.  Continue reading

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Memorial Day: They also served . . .

Creator W. B. King. American Red Cross. Second War Fund. 1917 Fundraising poster for the Red Cross.  Written by Linda Artlip Weinstein VILLISCA GIRL IN POSTER—Effie Kelley Vliet, a Villisca girl who attended Villisca High School with the Class of … Continue reading

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May Basket Memories

A Little May Basket Skit The scene: Nodaway, Iowa The star: Miss Dorothy Stanton, 3rd and 4th grade teacher The setting: Mr. and Mrs. Williams’ rooming house, situated across the street from the post office and the Pond gas station. … Continue reading

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