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Peter Hans Wind was born in Denmark in 1844 and received his education there. His father was a teacher, and Peter had planned to follow in his footsteps. But after completing school, he became more interested in learning a mechanical trade. He left Denmark and came to the United States in th…

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“The traveler by rail from the south, on approaching the city, cannot fail to have his attention drawn to a handsome spot in the bluffs, and a neat, snug brick house on the right of the railway as the city limits are reached. This was the home of Col. Test in the latter years of his life, an…

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“This Eclectic-Prairie/Italian Renaissance house has historical significance as a late example of homes large enough to need staff to function properly.” So reads the nomination of the Willow/Bluff/Third Street district to the National Register of Historic Places. The house was built c.1916 …

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The Council Bluffs program booklet, published for the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition held in Omaha in 1898, included a page dedicated to D.J. Hutchinson & Co. which read, in part:

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Arthur Sargent Hazelton was born in Plymouth, New Hampshire, on Nov. 7, 1855 – the youngest of the four children of Charles and Sarah (Sargent) Hazelton. Charles and Sarah were born in New Hampshire and were of English descent.

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C.B. Jacquemin was a familiar name to Council Bluffs residents during the latter part of the 19th century. He was a reputable jeweler and respected civic leader whose name appeared across the top of nearly every page of some early city directories. He served on the school board for six years…

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Eldin H. Lougee was born in Campton, New Hampshire, in 1868. Two years later, his family moved to Plymouth, New Hampshire, where he received his education. Following graduation from high school in 1886, he went to Johnsburg, Vermont, where he worked as a clerk.

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He was an attorney, a captain in the Civil War, a state senator, district and state supreme court judge and member of Congress. But he is perhaps best remembered locally for his collaboration with H. H. Field in writing “The History of Pottawattamie County,” published in 1907.

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On February 16, 1943, Charles Officer, 88, dean of the Council Bluffs realtors and a pioneer resident of Council Bluffs, was found dead at his desk, still wearing his overcoat. His wife, Edith, told the coroner that he had left home a short time earlier.

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Lysander W. Tulleys was born in Frankfort, Ohio, in 1835, the son of Erasmus and Julia Tulleys. He was educated in the Ross County schools and attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, from approximately 1854-1858. He went on to Union College in Schenectady, New York where, in 1860, …

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“June 1, 1898, the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition at Omaha, Nebraska, will open its gates to the world. For five months there will be displayed the products, arts, industries and resources of the Great Trans-Mississippi region. It will for the first time reveal to the world t…

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The story of August Beresheim begins with the emigration of his father, John Beresheim, who, according to his obituary, “was born in Bavaria. He came to Council Bluffs as a young man around 1855 and was for a number of years engaged in general merchandising on the northwest corner of First S…

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Stebbins A. Teal was born in Albany, New York in 1831, the sixth of seven children of Andrew and Aurelia (Gray) Teal. He married Theda Marilla Fosha in 1852.

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There was a time, not too long ago, when the President of the United States could walk the streets of Washington, D.C. with no Secret Service in his shadow, and visitors could unknowingly wander onto the White House lawn and not be arrested.

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George and Maria (Green) Jackson were born in Selby, Yorkshire, England – George in 1845 and Maria in 1847.

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The house at 420 Glen Avenue is a fine example of Queen Anne architecture – “the dominant style of domestic building during the period from about 1880 until 1900; it persisted with decreasing popularity through the first decade of (the nineteenth) century” (Virginia & Lee McAlester’s “Fi…

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Lillian and Wallace Benjamin purchased this lot in 1912 from Ernest Hart, Inc. The lot is part of the Bebbington Place subdivision, platted in 1912 by Clara Bebbington Hart. Benjamin (in real estate) first appears in city directories as living at this address by 1914. They sold the property …

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Theodore Guittar was born in St. Louis in 1842 and came to Council Bluffs in 1855. He was thirteen years old. His obituary tells us that, in 1862, he “enlisted in the Second Iowa battery, light artillery, and remained in service until the end of the (civil) war. He held city and county offic…

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Hans H. (Henry) Spetman was born in 1825 in Holstein, Germany – one of nine children of G.H. and Ann (Ellis) Spetman raised on the family farm. At age 17, he left the farm to become a seaman on German merchant ships. After seven years, he went to work with American ships off the coast of Chi…

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The year was 1892. A grocer in Anamosa had no easy way to get potatoes from his basement to the main floor of his store. So he went to the local machine shop, owned by John Kimball, the father of William H. and Charles E. Kimball. The company was founded in 1883 and manufactured various type…

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Simon Eiseman was born in Bavaria in 1847, Henry was born in 1850. Their parents were Joshua Eiseman and Fradel “Fannie” Dannebaum Eiseman, both born in Bavaria. The brothers came to Council Bluffs in 1861 and opened a wholesale and retail clothing establishment.

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Today’s LEGO aficionados would have had a field day. Others would have hired a contractor to put the house together. Either way, a mail-order house from Sears Roebuck & Co. was a good investment.

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The first owners of this lovely Queen Anne home on the corner of Fifth Avenue and South Seventh Street were Anna and Charles R. Cornelius, born in Illinois and married in 1883.

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