Snippets from past "Cedar County Historical Reviews" (available for purchase at the museum)
1980 - BARNS!!!! Our classic (and hard to find) barn edition.
1981 - "Where Are the Towns of Yesteryear?" maps, stories, and photos from villages past.
1982 - "Cedar County's First Inhabitants" articles ranging from the Native Americans, to the settlers, to WWI.
1983 - Farm machinery, farming w/horses, White Pigeon school, a history of Indian artifacts
1984 - TRACTORS! Moving from horsepower to mechanical power. Also, history of Red Oak Grove and the Red Oak Presbyterian church.
1985 - Houses in Cedar County; this is a FASCINATING edition. It has photos and stories of the earliest houses, as well as the grandest houses in the county. (including the Alex Buchanan house that was recently moved in order to save it from demolition) There is a rather in-depth article from Don Stout on the Bickett-Hall-Rate-Larkin house, Edgewood Hall. This house and the surrounding farm is now owned by the Society, thanks to Evelyn Larkin's generosity.
1986 - More houses, photos of Cedar Valley quarry, an article on famed actress Sarah Bernhardt, rumored to be from Rochester, Iowa.
1987 - Century Farm edition. Over 30 stories of farms owned by members of one family since at least 1887. Many of them had been owned since the mid-1800s. Beautiful pictures of old homes and the people who built them. Of note is an article on the Bickett-Hall-Rate-Larkin farm, which was a Century Farm when it was bequested to the Society.
1988 - Several articles about the 1944 storm and flood. Sugar Creek and Rock Creek both took several bridges out, including the Hwy 130 bridge east of Tipton. In all, 96 bridges were damaged, 56 completely destroyed, and 34 bridges had washed-out approaches. Also in this edition - Bicycling! It became popular in the 1890s.
1989 - Bells, bells, bells! Church bells, fire bells, farm bells, the courthouse bell. Also History of women's groups in Cedar County, and Windmills.
1990 - Creeks of Cedar County, Flood of 1990, Iron Bridges of the county, and local musicians.
1991 - Cedar County's earliest settlers, Corncribs, an 1877 Hebrew wedding in Tipton (!), Traveler's accounts of early Cedar County, various forms of lighting for farm and house, and the Page Hotel in Mechanicsville.
1992 - Country schools, Cattle herds (dairy and beef) of Cedar Co, Horseracing, and Railroads.
1993 - Farming practices, including the advent of alfalfa, soybeans, and hybrid corn. Also in this edition - some funny Halloween pranks involving outhouses and farm animals, followed by articles about early funeral customs and mourning cards. A lengthy and interesting excerpt from Linda R. Ashley's book Your Affectionate Pastor, Ebenezer Alden, Jr. rounds out this year's Review. The book contains letters written by the aforementioned pastor while he served the Tipton Congregational Church from 1844-1848. His words paint a picture of a man who is engaging, occasionally whiny, and sometimes rather scathing as he describes his fellow settlers' shortcomings - in short, he's human! Definitely worth reading!
TO BE CONTINUED.......