Using a Dial Phone in Des Moines

A while back I was hunting for an item in our special collections room when I happened upon this nifty pamphlet from the early 1900s.  Are you ready for this?  It explains how to use the dial phone.  Moving to the dial phone was a major shift for the public.  Prior to this, callers would pick up the phone and speak with an operator who would connect them.  Click on the image at the left for a little phone instruction history.

Also, check out the Random Acts blog post on phone dialing.

 

High School Yearbooks!

Attention genealogists, class reunion planners, and researchers, we have Des Moines high school yearbooks!   These are available for in building use at the Central Library.

Ask for them at the 2nd floor reference desk.

ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP
1924, 1926-1944, 1945-1957, 1958-1974, 1976-1980, 2001

ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL ROUGHRIDER
1990-2000, 2002-2008

EAST HIGH SCHOOL QUILL
1911-1933, 1935, 1941, 1946, 1948-1950, 1956-1965, 1967, 1970-1972, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1986, 1988-2004, 2006, 2008-2009

LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL RAILSPLITTER
1932, 1934, 1935-1936, 1940, 1942-1944, 1955, 1958-1962, 1963, 1966-1967, 1969, 1971-1983, 1985-1992, 1994, 1998, 2001-2009

NORTH HIGH SCHOOL ORACLE
1904-1920, 1922-1925, 1930, 1933-1935, 1937-1938

NORTH HIGH SCHOOL POLAR BEAR
1938-1951, 1952-1961, 1963-1966, 1968-1969, 1972-1973,
1990-1993, 1996-2007

HOOVER HIGH SCHOOL HUSKY
1968, 1970-1973, 1978, 1993-2008

DES MOINES TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL WARRIOR
1950-1952

DES MOINES TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL ENGINEER
1953-1963, 1965, 1968-1972, 1975, 1980-1984

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Terrace Hill

Benjamin Franklin Allen and his wife Arathusa celebrated the completion of Terrace Hill on their fifteenth wedding anniversary, January 29,1869.  It is said to have cost the Allens $250,000 (about 4 million in today’s currency) in construction and furnishings  for the home.    B.F. Allen amassed his wealth through various endeavors including banking, real estate, and some supposed illegal proceedings.  

 In 1884, Allen was bankrupt and he sold the property to Frederick Marion Hubbell for $60,000.   Hubbell’s youngest child, Grover, was the last Hubbell to reside at Terrace Hill.  He passed away in  1956.   The Hubbell trust presented Terrace Hill to the state on August 24, 1971 for the purpose of being the governor’s mansion. 

For books on Terrace Hill in the Des Moines Public Library, click here.

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Camp Dodge 1917

Keep clicking on the image to make it larger.

Library of Congress citation information:  http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pan.6a31225

I will post images from the library’s collections in the future, I promise!

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Men and Women of Iowa Biographies Index

The Des Moines Public Library maintains a scrapbook collection of biographical information on a large number of prominent Iowans dating from 1909 to the present.  The index is available online at our Local History Wiki.    Articles themselves are not available online, but they can be viewed at the downtown Central Library at 1000 Grand Avenue.

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