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1978: Casey's to build in Eldridge

June 15, 1978: Plans were also underway to build a Casey’s Store directly south of White Roofing and north of East LeClaire Road. more

First class stamps increased to 15 cents

June 1, 1978: Eldridge postal clerk Dona Cawiezell was pictured with a sheet of the new 15-cent first-class letter stamps. There was no price printed on the stamp, something new the Postal Service had initiated. more

Lancer seniors recognized by generous community

North Scott's Class of 2018 was rewarded for its hard work in the classroom on Wednesday, May 9, when the North Scott Educational Foundation (NSEF) and other generous community donors handed out college scholarships. more

Picketers slowed construction on addition at North Scott High School

May 11, 1978: The Illinois Brotherhood of Electrical Workers brought construction to a halt when members picketed the building site of an industrial arts addition at North Scott High School to protest against DeWitt Electric, a non-union contractor hired by the school district. North Scott Board member Ned Mohr and others sought an injunction to prevent the picket which, according to Mohr, was illegal since Iowa has a “right to work” law. more

McDonald's to locate at Walcott

May 4, 1978: The final plat for a McDonald’s Restaurant was approved to be located at the southeast corner of the I-80 interchange in Walcott. more

Eldridge Lions planted Christmas trees as fundraiser

April 24, 1968: Eldridge Lions planted 2,500 evergreen trees on a six-acre tract of land owned by Ted Baetke. The land had been set aside for a conservation project, and the Lions planned to cut the trees at maturity to sell as Christmas trees. more

County roads in bad shape

April 14, 1993: Vern Fahrenkrog, superintendent of maintenance for the Scott County Roads Department, estimated that up to 600 miles of county roads were in bad shape due to a combination of frost boils and the Wapsi River backing up out of its banks. more

Wuestenberg mink farm sold

March 13, 1968: The Wuestenberg mink farm, located at the northwest corner of Second and Donahue streets in Eldridge, had been in operation since 1932. Otto Wuestenberg founded the business, and his sons Reinhardt and Dario had taken it over and continued operation, but had recently sold the business to Ralston Purina, ending the farm's 36-year run. more

Princeton mayor reunited with Congressman Jim Leach

Jan. 5, 1978: Charles Brockman, the newly elected Princeton mayor, was reunited briefly with an old classmate from Davenport High School, when First District Congressman James Leach of Bettendorf swore in the new mayor and council at Princeton. Brockman and Leach, both 35, were members of the last graduating class from Davenport High School in 1957. more

Central Scott Telephone honored for 100 years of service

Dec. 18, 2002: Central Scott Telephone celebrated 100 years of service to Scott County patrons. What began in 1902 with one line and 20 subscribers had grown into one of Iowa’s more successful independent telephone companies, serving 6,500 Scott County residents. more

Duty should be to country, not party

"One can only hope that sooner rather than later the Republican Party will begin to put country before party – don't hold your breath ..." more

I-80 Truckstop announced plans for Trucking Hall of Fame

Dec. 11, 2002: Delia Moon Meier announced that the Iowa 80 Truckstop planned to build a Trucking Hall of Fame in honor of her late father, the truckstop’s founder, William Moon. The 21,600-square-foot museum would feature a 27-truck display area, storage space for trucks not on display and a gift shop.  more
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