Vilhjalmur Stefansson: Arctic Explorer, Reindeer Expert, Iowa Grad

New York City in 1919 was home to quite a few University of Iowa grads; and on Saturday night, December 27, a reunion was held at the English Tavern on East 41st Street. Vilhjalmur Stefansson was there to join the group in singing “Old Gold” and to hear Dr. William B. Guthrie, president of the New York Alumni Association, welcome attendees.

The Rise And Fall Of Stagecoaches In Iowa

In the 1850s little boys wanted to be stagecoach drivers when they grew up. Perched high on the seat, in control of a team of high-spirited horses, racing through the countryside—a stagecoach driver’s job looked pretty glamorous to the typical 10 year old.

“Aunt Becky” Young Disregards Authority for Her Boys

“I never had a rude word from a soldier in my life. I’ve met rebuffs from steamboat captains and paymasters and that kind of fish, but never from one of the boys!” Aunt Becky Young told a reporter with the Chicago Tribune in 1888.

Former Iowa Governor Grabs Headlines With His Horse In Washington

When former Iowa governor Leslie Shaw was chosen by President Theodore Roosevelt as his secretary of the treasury in 1902, Iowans were prepared to see his name in the national headlines. He grabbed headlines, but not always because of his actions as the treasury department head.