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  1. I recently read an account of a heated debate in the Des Moines Women’s club about the location of the new library on April 6, 1898 (Iowa State Register)

    “It has been said that First and Locust street is a disreputable locality… The people who think there is no sense in improving the river front and making a little down-town park, within reach of the poor, ought to go to Chicago and convince the people there that they are making a great mistake in spending so much money building just such a park on the lake front.”

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