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Remembering an old soldier

Villisca has always had military heroes. But as time passes, the town’s collective memories of old soldiers pass away and modern day Villiscans don’t remember those heroes as they once did. I’m not suggesting they’re no longer honored. But perhaps … Continue reading

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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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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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