December 2011

Holidays in Des Moines, 1911

One hundred years ago, holidays in Des Moines apparently involved as much shopping as it does today. Advertisements in the Des Moines Tribune for holiday gifts were plentiful, a couple from stores with names we still recognize.  Younker Brothers had hand bags for $1.29 and wallets for 23 to 69 cents.   At S.

Des Moines and Polk County City Directories - Online

Checkout our online city directory collection. We've uploaded Des Moines and Polk County City Directories from 1866-1922 to I've embedded instructions for optimal online viewing below (you may want to click the fullscreen view button to make the instructions easier to read). Here is a link directly to our City Directory collection on Enjoy! [scribd id=75230427 key=key-jahwtp6knr26252wap9 mode=list]


Roadside Settlement House image

People passing by the large brick building at Seventh and Scott streets in Des Moines may not realize its significance in Des Moines history. The structure, listed as one of "Des Moines Seven Most Endangered Buildings" by the Des Moines Rehabbers Club (2008), was the longtime home of the Roadside Settlement House.