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  • Help input historic data to this website
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  • And much more!

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Huntoon, Gladys

Huntoon, Guy

Williams, Andy

Personal Information
Occupation: 
Other - Service
Group: 
Notable Residents

Singer Andy Williams lived at 3015 Kingman Blvd. as a child in the 1930s. He and his brothers, Bob, Dick, and Don performed as the quartet the Williams Brothers.

(Source: "Four Williams Brothers Found the Right Chord," by Tom Longden, Des Moines Register, Nov 30, 2008, page 2B Metro)

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Lowe, W.B.

Personal Information
Occupation: 
Other - Professional

Occupation: insurance agent and Frank Lowe Bookkeeper at Midway Coal (1908 City Directory)
Lived at 1519 - 23rd St.

Linked Information: 

Humphrey, F.W.

Occupation: printer, 1908 City Directory

Linked Information: 

Jewett, George A.

Life member of Drake University board of trustees. (source: "Drake University College of Liberal Arts Announcements for 1904-1905")

Pizza Party (and Drake Neighborhood History Training) Tuesday - Nov. 9, 2010

Join the Drake Neighborhood Historical Survey team for a pizza party and historical research training session

When: Tuesday, November 9, 2010, from 6-7 pm
Where: First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave.

History buffs, genealogists, and neighborhood residents past and present are invited to attend this free event.

1031 23rd Street in 1983 (2)

Source: SHPO

1031 23rd Street in 1983 (2)

1031 23rd Street in 1983

Source: SHPO

1031 23rd Street in 1983
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Grant School in 1907

Source: SHPO

Grant School in 1907
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