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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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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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Spelling Villisca

By Linda Artlip Weinstein When D. N. Smith of Burlington, Iowa, gave our town its name in the 1850s, he probably never stopped to consider the variety of ways in which the word “Villisca” would be spelled in the coming … Continue reading

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Fire and Water

By Linda Artlip Weinstein Looming over the homes and businesses of Villisca and standing above even the tree tops, the Villisca water tower has provided the city with water for decades. But providing its citizens with clean drinking water was … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions— Make ‘em and break ‘em

Babylonian Chaos God and Sun God (Wikipedia). New Year’s resolutions have been made by people around the world and throughout history. For instance, it’s said that the Babylonians at the beginning of each year promised their gods that they would … Continue reading

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Christmas Lights Come to Villisca

Written by Linda Artlip Weinstein for the “Villisca Review” in December 2015. It’s not clear if Edward H. Johnson, a colleague of Thomas Edison, knew what he was starting in 1882 when he dreamed up a new way to decorate … Continue reading

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