Last week I said I was going to post Des Moines holiday ads from long ago, but I had to post these Christmas gift ideas from the 1908 Midwestern. Lots of things to buy a wife, only one to buy a husband! Surely there was something out there besides suspenders!
Through this holiday season, I thought it would be fun to post holiday advertisements of current and former Des Moines businesses. This week, we start with a Younkers ad from The Midwestern, December, 1907.
If you drove down 6th Avenue a couple of weeks ago while they were prepping to pave, you would've seen the red brick road that is normally hidden. Des Moines has had many different types of surfaces over the years:
The first surfacing of macadam was applied to Des Moines streets in 1882.
On August 29, 1866, the Valley railroad entered Des Moines. The first train that entered left from Keokuk at 7:30 a.m. and arrived in Des Moines a few minutes before 3:00 p.m. with 300 passengers from many Iowa towns including Keokuk, Burlington, Fairfield, Ottumwa, and Oskaloosa.
By the late 1950s, airplanes were a fairly common sight over Des Moines, but not quite like this. On January 29, 1957, Roy Soderquist took a Cessna 172 from his flight instructor and spent the next several hours flying low over downtown Des Moines. He managed a crash landing in a field, with little injury to himself and the plane. Charges against him were dismissed.
Though it has been widely believed that the first night professional baseball game under lights was played in Des Moines on May 2, 1930, it appears that this is not entirely accurate. The Des Moines Demons did indeed play the first game under permanent lights on that date at the Western League Park at Sixth and Holcomb.