Late in July 1928 a party of Royal Canadian Mounted Police set out for the interior of northern Saskatchewan Province looking for four University of Iowa students who had disappeared. John Fuller, Max J. Kane, Gordon Armstrong and Peter C. Boddum had left for their Arctic Circle adventure in early June. Traveling in two 17-foot canoes, the young men were attempting to paddle over 3,000 miles over lakes and streams in uncharted forests of northern Canada. Iowa History, a weekly column, appears at IowaWatch on Saturdays. Cheryl Mullenbach is the author of non-fiction books for young people.