IOWA HISTORY PROJECT
Dorothy G. Clark Papers
Genealogist, Historian, Author, Artist
The internet did not exist in 1975 when Dorothy G. Clark wrote this booklet. So her information came from research into primary sources, local and statewide. In the past 30 years, there has been a proliferation of research, so more and more information about Iowa and Mahaska County history has become available online. These End-Notes have been compiled from online sources in order to complement and update the original information to some extent. (Esther Clark Olin, September, 2007).
I. A. Baldauf Fountain
B. The Municipal Bandstand
3 The City Park and Bandstand were added to the National Historic Register of Historic Places in 1983.
6 A print of this photo is still available online: http://store.pastpresent.com/ioosbaprfrap.html
C. Spanish Torpedo Mine
7 For additional information, see the Naval Historical Center website:
and the University of Virginia Library website:
E. Chief Mahaska
Note: The original bronze sculpture was located by Dorothy G. Clark in the possession of Des Moines Naturalist, Sherry Fisher. It was put on display at the opening of the Nelson Pioneer Farm Museum, June 13, 1965. [Clipping and photo available in The Dorothy G. Clark Collection, in the ‘Clips and Photos’ legal binder, donated October, 2007 to the Iowa Women’s Archives] http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa/collections.html.
This Chief Mahaska bronze is currently in the possession of Robert V. Fisher of Des Moines, son of Sherry Fisher.
8The 1878 Union Historical Company “History of Mahaska County” has a short biography of William
~ However, a fairly complete Edmundson family biographical overview has been compiled by Patricia Pierce Patterson of Oskaloosa as background information for that city’s current submission of the Edmundson Memorial Park for National Historic Registry.
9 The Sherry Edmundson Fry biographical articles in Wikipedia and AskArt contain errors. More accurate information can be found in the Greg Olson article information cited following Note 12 below.
~ The connection between Sherry Edmundson Fry and Sherry Fisher is an interesting question. An early Edmundson connection to Sherry Fry remains under investigation. (ECO, 9/07).
~ Fry’s bronze sculptures stand all over the United States including in New York and Los Angeles.
10 http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org/info/i_history.html In addition to the Chief Mahaska statue, and Edmundson Memorial Park, the Des Moines Art Center was the recipient of a large bequest from James Depew Edmundson. This website has some biographical information about Edmundson. See: End-note Number 8, above.
11 http://www.infoplease.com/biography/us/congress/lacey-john-fletcher.html - Major John F. Lacey
12 http://iagenweb.org/history/history/oibg/Iowa_Mormons.htm - Major S.H.M. Byers
Additional information about the Chief Mahaska statue and the dedication can be found:
http://www.heritagepreservation.org/NEWS/Mahaska.htm [Restoration and Rededication. 10/16/99]
http://www.mahaskacounty.org/about/about.html [Brief history of Mahaska County: Dorothy G. Clark]
~ Greg Olson, Missouri State Archives, Columbia, has written several articles on the Ioway nation, Chief
Mahaska, and the Fry statue in Oskaloosa. They are: “Two Portraits, Two Legacies: Anglo-American Artists
View Chief White Cloud” in Gateway, Volume 25, Number 1 (Summer, 2004); “Navigating the White Road: White Cloud’s Struggle to Lead the Ioway Along the Path of Acculturation” in The Missouri Historical Review, Volume XCIX, Number 2 (January, 2005) – both published by The Missouri Historical Society; and “Noble Savage in the Court House Square…” available online at: http://ioway.nativeweb.org/history/mahaskaolson.htm
F. Company “H” Plaque
Iowa's 168th Infantry Regiment was the state’s most well known and decorated organization. It was originally
organized from companies in Southwestern Iowa as the 4th Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry, by Colonel
Grenville M. Dodge. It was part of General Douglas MacArthur's 42nd (Rainbow) Division during World War I. The 168th was assigned along with 133rd Infantry (Iowa) and 135th Infantry (Minnesota) to the 34th Division
Third Iowa Infantry reorganized into the 168th United States Infantry, 42nd or ‘Rainbow Division,’ arrived at
Camp Mills, Long Island, September 13, 1917; arrived Liverpool, December 1, 1917. Arrived Rimauccourt,
France, December 12th, 1917. Entered the line on February 23, 1918. Participated in battles at Badonviller,
Lorraine, Champagne, Chateau Thierry, Sergy, St. Mihiel and Argonne. Returned to United States April 25, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Dodge, Iowa, May 16th and 17th, 1919.
II. FREDERIC KNIGHT LOGAN
15 Comprehensive biographies of Frederic Knight Logan and Virginia Knight Logan can be found at:
There is an interesting variety of reports as to whether Logan composed or arranged the tune, and also
whether or not President Truman actually liked this “Official State Song of Missouri”.
~ The ‘Logan Place’ is no longer the Oskaloosa Women’s Club Clubhouse, but has been made into apartments.
III. THE FIRST SCHOOL HOUSE in MAHASKA COUNTY
16 Semira Ann Hobbs Phillips was later known for her books, Proud Mahaska, 1843-1900.
Oskaloosa, IA: Herald Print., 1900, and Mahaska County – A Story of Early Days (also from 1900).
17 At that time, Kirkham’s Grammar was a standard for education.
IV. A. NELSON HOUSE AND BARN
B. CYRUS W. WEST MEMORIAL
19 Swisher’s “Iowa in Times of War” referred to above can be found at:
See also: S.H.M. Byers 1876 book, “Iowa in War Times”, said to be the most comprehensive on the topic which can be found at: http://www.camppope.com/niowacd.htm
V. B. FOREST CEMETERY MEMORIALS
20 Brigadier General Samuel A. Rice: http://iagenweb.org/civilwar/biographies/biographies_r.htm
VI. COMMUNITY STADIUM
21 Written account about Ezra Meeker in the 101 Ranch Wild West Shows: http://www.kaycounty.info/101_Ranch/101writeups(2).html
“Among the historical features is Ezra Meeker, the only living person who crossed the Oregon Trail as an adult and who, at the age of 95, crossed the continent again in an airplane. This romantic figure, the living link between the old West and the new, will drive an oxen team from his covered wagon in the prairie and in the opening spectacle of the performances”.
VIII. OLD CAMP TUTTLE
22 For more information about Iowa and the Civil War, see:
IX. THE DRAGOON TRAIL
23 Additional information: Historic Sites and Markers Along the Mormon and Other Great Western Trails
Google map: http://www.lat-long.com/ShowDetail-7632-Iowa-Dragoon_Trail_Historical_Marker.html
X. EDMUNDSON MEMORIAL PARK
James Depew Edmundson gave a bequest for this park, as he did for the statue of Chief Mahaska, because of his ongoing nostalgic connection to Mahaska County and Oskaloosa. The city of Oskaloosa is currently working to make Edmundson Memorial Park a National Historic Site. (9/07)
24 & 25 See: End-note Number 8 above for biographical information about William Edmundson and James DePew Edmundson.
XI. REVOLUTIONARY WAR HERO’S MARKER
26 For additional information about “New Purchase,” read The Glendale Road ~A Mill Name It; Our Rich Pioneer Heritage Series, No. 2, (pp. 6-11) by Dorothy G. Clark, available at the Nelson Farm Museum, the Iowa Women’s Archives, and later, through the Iowa History Project on the web at http://iagenweb.org/history/ and
The Making of Mahaska County, Iowa from the NEW PURCHASE of 1842 by Patricia Pierce Patterson, Oskaloosa, IA: Keo-Mah Genealogical Society, April, 1993 ~ A collection of the earliest maps of the county and events leading to their creation. http://iagenweb.org/mahaska/biblio.htm
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