Des Moines, Iowa, USA - Walnut Street
Des Moines, Iowa, USA

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Des Moines, Iowa, USA - Walnut Street
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Des Moines, Iowa, USA - Fourth Street looking South from Locust Street
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Des Moines, Iowa, USA
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1851 - September 22 - The city of Des Moines, Iowa was incorporated as Fort Des Moines.

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1857 - State capital moved to Des Moines from Iowa City

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1887 - Suicide
William M. Locks, a retired banker whose fortunes had become impaired by unfortunate speculation, committed suicide by shooting Thursday morning at Des Moines, Ia. He recently removed from Noblesville, Ind.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
November 12, 1887
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1901 - Des Moines - Iowa's Capital City by Frank I. Herriott
The beginnings of the city of Des Moines are not shrouded in romance or shadowy tradition. Thrilling episode and epochmaking events do not abound in her history. Cannon have never thundered against the gates of the city, nor hostile armies marched and counter marched within her environs. Not even...Read MORE...


July 19, 1905: Morris Nourse earned a Carnegie Medal by saving a drowning boy in Des Moines, Iowa
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News  1906 - ACCIDENT AT DES MOINES. Five Commissioners to General Assembly Injured in Collapse of Platform.
Des Moines, Iowa, May 18—Five commissioners to the Presbyterian general assembly were bruised and injured late this afternoon by the collapse of a temporary stand which had been erected for the purpose of getting a group photographed. The injured are:

Dr. C. Lukins, Roswell, N.M., hip...Read MORE...



News  1906 - TWO ASPHYXIATED. YOUNG MEN OF DES MOINES ARE VICTIMS OF GAS.
Des Moines - FRANK MERRIAM, aged 25, and E. R. CAMPBELL, aged 22, were asphyxiated by illuminating gas in their room at 1435 West Locust Street. The double tragedy, from all appearances, was accidental. The gas jet, which worked very loosely, had been left partly open, apparently in the act of...Read MORE...


News  1907 - SEVEN KILLED IN WRECK. COAL TRAIN ON CHICAGO AND NORTHWESTERN DITCHED IN IOWA.
Des Moines, Ia., Feb. 4. - Seven miners were killed to-night, and a dozen were injured in the wreck of a coal train on the Chicago and Northwestern Railway near Des Moines. The dead:
PETER PILSTRUM.
PETER EXNER.
OLAF ANDERSON.
ALBERT OLSON.
CARL ANDERSON.
SAMUEL DREW.
ANDREW LUNDQUIST.
A...Read MORE...



1913 - September 22 - Des Moines, IA, experienced their earliest freeze of record.

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1916
Des Moines, a city and port of delivery, the capital of Iowa and of Polk oo., is situated on both sides of the Des Moines River (at the mouth of the Raccoon River), which affords abundant water-power and is crossed by numerous bridges. Lat. 41° 37' N. ; Lon. 93° 37' W. Des Moines occupies an...Read MORE...


1924 - April 15 - WHO-AM in Des Moines Iowa begins radio transmission

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News  1929 - 5 DEAD, SCORES INJURED DURING FIRE IN HOTEL. FIREMEN BELIEVE MORE VICTIMS BURIED IN WRECKAGE OF $250,000 BUILDING. 12 RUSHED TO HOSPITALS. FOUR JUMP FROM FIFTH FLOOR WHEN TRAPPED; CHECK-UP MISSING STARTS.
Des Moines, Iowa, April 6. - (AP) - At least five persons are dead and scores are suffering from injuries, burns and cuts received in a fire which broke out at the Kirkwood Hotel, shortly after 3 o'clock this morning.

Fire Chief Burnett after inspecting the wreckage expressed the belief that...Read MORE...



News  1929 - PILOT KILLED IN REFUEL TEST. PLANE GOES INTO NOSE DIVE, FLIER IS UNABLE TO RIGHT IT; PAL SAVED.
Des Moines, Ia., July 19. - (AP) - ROSS ARNOLD, pilot of the endurance monopane, "Greater Des Moines," was killed late yesterday when the plane crashed nine miles southeast of here. The crash followed an attempt at a test refueling preparatory to starting an endurance flight today. CHARLIE...Read MORE...


1941 - December 31 - Snow which began on New Year's Eve became a major blizzard on New Year's Day, burying Des Moines, IA, uunder 19.8 inches of snow in 24 hours, an all-time record for that location.

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1950 - February 21 - WOI TV channel 5 in Ames-Des Moines, IA (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting

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Ancestors Who Were Born Here


Fursee
America/USA  Jemima Alice Fursee (11 November 1866, Des Moines, Iowa, USA - 9 November 1936, Boise, Idaho, USA)
 


Ancestors Who Died Here


Armil
America/USA  Edward B. Armil (1830, , Pennsylvania, USA - 7 November 1880, Des Moines, Iowa, USA)

Bennet
America/USA  Horatio Horace Bennet (1822, , New Jersey, USA - 23 September 1880, Des Moines, Iowa, USA)

Casson
America/USA  John Casson (1856, , Illinois, USA - 25 November 1880, Des Moines, Iowa, USA)

Franks
America/USA  Isaac Franks (1808, , New Jersey, USA - 25 July 1880, Des Moines, Iowa, USA)

Moulton
America/USA  Dan Alonzo Moulton (9 January 1806, Randolph, Vermont, USA - 11 May 1875, Des Moines, Iowa, USA)

O'Rourke
Ireland  Patrick O'Rourke (1815, , Ireland - 3 November 1880, Des Moines, Iowa, USA)

Servis
America/USA  John Servis (1833, , New York, USA - 19 August 1880, Des Moines, Iowa, USA)

Traves
America/USA  George Traves (1838, , New York, USA - 25 November 1880, Des Moines, Iowa, USA)

Wallace
America/USA  Adaline Wallace (16 March 1811, Petersham, Massachusetts, USA - 14 April 1885, Des Moines, Iowa, USA)
 


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