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Warren County Auxiliary Images Vol. 2

Here is a second collection of auxiliary images I took while harvesting the town signs of Warren County with Shannon.


Warren County - Medora
Medora

Warren County - New Virginia
New Virginia

Warren County - New Virginia

Warren County - New Virginia

Warren County - New Virginia

Warren County - New Virginia

Warren County - New Virginia

Warren County - New Virginia

Warren County - New Virginia

Warren County - New Virginia
Couldn’t quite figure out what this was…

Warren County - New Virginia
This is one of the most enigmatic things I’ve come across in my travels. It was just there. No explanation. Nobody monitoring it. Nothing else around it.

Warren County - New Virginia
Shannon really wanted to take this picture.

Warren County - New Virginia

Warren County - New Virginia
You didn’t know The 4 Wheel Drive was invented in Iowa, did you?

Warren County - New Virginia

Warren County - New Virginia

Warren County

Warren County - St Marys
St Marys

Warren County - St Marys

Warren County - St Marys

Warren County - St Marys

Warren County - St Marys

Warren County - St Marys

Warren County - St Marys
They must’ve heard I was coming to town.

Warren County - St Marys
87 wins in a row! That is impressive!

Warren County - St Marys
88 wins in a row! That is even more impressive!

The streak was 88 wins in a row. It was eventually ended by Des Moines East, which is a school that has more students than St Marys and Martensdale has people combined.

About that 4 Wheel Drive, Here is the story from the Des Moines Concours website:

At the 2020 Des Moines Concours, we’re honoring the Iowa roots of 4-wheel drive. Our 4×4 and 4-Wheel Drive Class pays tribute to the foundational work of Jesse Livingood in creating a 4-wheel drive attachment for a Ford automobile in 1914.

At the time, Iowa’s road system covered a good portion of the state. Roads, particularly in rural Iowa, were little more than graded dirt. Iowa’s “gravel bees” in 1916 and 1917 saw the first concerted efforts by communities to make huge improvements of these roads.

Livingood lived in New Virginia, Iowa and ran his repair shop out of an empty corn crib on the family farm. He tinkered as he sought to improve traction, reduce wear, and lower the running costs of driving on Iowa’s roads and around the farm. This led him to develop a bolt-on 4-wheel drive system that he fitted to a Ford Model T. The system could be mounted to any Ford chassis in three to four hours, and would provide braking on all corners and sure footing in mud, sand, and snow or any other inclement weather Iowa could muster.

Livingood is credited for many more inventions including the “pulley and ball” thrust bearing, the differential transmission, the speed governor, two- and four-cylinder steam engines, and the four-wheel brake system. Sadly, due to errors at the U.S. Patent Office, Livingood did not profit from his inventions and lived a modest life.

There will be one more collection of Warren County pictures.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is PASSION:


WEEK 318 - PASSION
PASSION

PASSION! What a great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a PASSION picture? First we need to establish the difference between love and PASSION. What separates PASSION from love isn’t just a warm feeling about something or somebody. PASSION is what you are willing to suffer for. That is why the movie is called THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST not THE WARM FUZZIES OF THE CHRIST. Because Jesus’ love for us was so intense that he was willing to suffer for us. In the theme reveal picture it shows the result of Jesus’ PASSION for us as he has been lowered from the cross into Mary’s arms after being tortured to death for our sins. I’m sure there are many things in your life that you love. But this challenge asks you to take a picture of something you love so much that you are willing to suffer for it. Remember though the PASSION in your submission doesn’t have to be your own. It can be somebody else’s PASSION as well.

Happy photo harvesting!

Warren County Auxiliary Images Vol. 1

A few weeks back I travelled around Warren County with Shannon harvesting the town signs of Warren County. Here is the first collection of auxiliary images from that trip:


Warren County - Indianola
Indianola

Warren County - Indianola

Warren County - Indianola

Warren County - Indianola

Warren County - Ackworth
Ackworth

Warren County - Ackworth

Warren County - Beech
Beech

Warren County - Milo
Milo

Warren County - Milo

Warren County - Milo

Warren County - Milo
This would be a great idea for people like my neighbor Stan.

Warren County - Milo

Warren County - Milo

Warren County - Milo

Warren County - Milo
I love that Milo took memorial benches up to an 11!

Warren County - Lacona
Lacona – Breakfast purchased the day before at Rinehart’s.

Warren County - Lacona

Warren County - Lacona

Warren County - Lacona

Warren County - Lacona

Warren County - Lacona

Warren County - Lacona

Warren County - Lacona

Warren County - Liberty Center
Liberty Center

Warren County - Liberty Center

Warren County - Liberty Center

Warren County - Liberty Center

Warren County - Liberty Center

Warren County - Liberty Center

Warren County - Liberty Center

Warren County - Liberty Center

Warren County - Liberty Center

The Town Sign Project Auxiliary Images gallery now houses over 1,000 images! To take a gander, click on the link below:

Town Sign Project Auxiliary Images

There is at least one more collection of images from this trip coming. Probably two.

Butler County Auxiliary Images Vol. 1

A few weeks back I tooled around Butler County with Carla harvesting their town signs. I’ve already shared pictures from the beautiful garden in New Hartford. This is a collection of other images I took on the trip.


Butler County
I have so many questions.

Butler County - Aplington
Aplington

Butler County - Aplington
I have questions about the hours.

Butler County - Aplington

Butler County - Parkersburg
Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - New Hartford
New Hartford

Butler County - New Hartford

Butler County - New Hartford

Butler County - New Hartford

Butler County - Shell Rock
Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

I’m not on Boone’s Art Council and I am not privy to their budget or plans, but I think something they could do that would be cool would be to restore the old faded advertising murals in Boone. You can see how cool they look in Shell Rock. There are at least 2 in Boone I can think of off the top of my head that haven’t been painted over that would look great repainted.

There will be one more collection of pictures from Butler County in the future.

Sac County and Ida County Auxiliary Images Vol. 3

This is the third and final collection of images I took while harvesting the town signs of Sac County and Ida County. However all of these pictures were taken in Pocahontas County, Webster County, and Hamilton County.


Pocahontas County - Varina
Varina

Pocahontas County - Varina

Pocahontas County - Varina

Pocahontas County - Fonda
Fonda

Pocahontas County - Fonda

Pocahontas County - Fonda

Pocahontas County - Fonda

Pocahontas County - Palmer
Palmer

Pocahontas County - Palmer

Pocahontas County - Palmer

Pocahontas County - Palmer

Pocahontas County - Palmer

Pocahontas County - Palmer

Pocahontas County - Palmer

Pocahontas County - Palmer

Webster County - Fort Dodge
Fort Dodge

Webster County - Fort Dodge

Webster County - Fort Dodge

Webster County - Fort Dodge

Webster County - Fort Dodge

Webster County - Fort Dodge

Webster County - Fort Dodge

Webster County - Fort Dodge

Webster County - Fort Dodge

Webster County - Fort Dodge

Webster County - Fort Dodge

Webster County - Fort Dodge

Hamilton County - Stanhope
Stanhope

Hamilton County - Stanhope

Hamilton County - Stanhope

I have a feeling that werewolves drive a pretty hard bargain when selling cars.

The next county to share auxiliary images from is Butler County. Flowertography haters be warned, we came across an amazing garden there!

Calhoun County Auxiliary Images

Several weeks back on went on a road trip where I harvested the balance of town signs I needed for Calhoun County and also crossed over to Sac County to grab a few of theirs. I like to always harvest a few extra signs on these trips. I still do, but I also now am taking a different tact for choosing what counties I am harvesting that I think will speed up the process a bit. The changes have made a difference I do believe. But that is a story for another day.

Here are the auxiliary images I took on my road trip to Calhoun and Sac County:


Calhoun County - Manson
Manson

Calhoun County - Manson

Calhoun County - Pomeroy
Pomeroy

Calhoun County - Pomeroy

Calhoun County - Pomeroy

Calhoun County - Pomeroy

Calhoun County - Pomeroy

Calhoun County - Pomeroy

Calhoun County - Pomeroy

Calhoun County - Jolley
Jolley

Calhoun County - Jolley

Calhoun County - Jolley

Calhoun County - Jolley

Calhoun County - Jolley

Calhoun County - Jolley

Calhoun County - Rockwell City
Rockwell City

Calhoun County - Rockwell City

Calhoun County - Rockwell City

Calhoun County - Rockwell City

Calhoun County - Rockwell City

Calhoun County - Rockwell City

Calhoun County - Lytton
Lytton

Calhoun County - Lytton

Sac County

Sac County

Sac County - Sac City
Sac City

Sac County - Sac City

Sac County - Sac City

Sac County - Sac City

Sac County - Sac City

Sac County - Sac City

Sac County - Sac City

Sac County - Sac City

Sac County - Sac City

Sac County - Sac City

Sac County - Auburn

Sac County - Auburn

Sac County - Auburn

Sac County - Auburn

Sac County - Auburn

Green County - Jefferson

Green County - Jefferson

Green County - Jefferson

Green County - Jefferson

Green County - Jefferson

I’m really far behind in sharing auxiliary images. I should get on that, maybe someday when my schedule opens up a little bit.

Humboldt County Auxiliary Images

A few weekends back I tooled around Humboldt County and harvested their town sign. Here is a collection of some of the auxiliary images I took on this road trip, including some I took as I went back south threw Calhoun County.


Humboldt County - Humboldt
Humboldt

Humboldt County - Humboldt

Humboldt County - Humboldt

Humboldt County - Humboldt

Humboldt County - Renwick
Renwick

Humboldt County - Renwick

Humboldt County - Renwick

Humboldt County - Renwick

Humboldt County - Renwick

Humboldt County - Renwick

Humboldt County - Renwick

Humboldt County - LuVerne
LuVerne

Humboldt County - LuVerne

Humboldt County - LuVerne

Humboldt County - LuVerne

Humboldt County - LuVerne

Humboldt County - LuVerne

Humboldt County - LuVerne

Humboldt County - LuVerne

Humboldt County - Livermore
Livermore

Humboldt County - Livermore

Humboldt County - Livermore

Humboldt County - Livermore

Humboldt County - Livermore

Humboldt County - Livermore

Humboldt County - Ottosen
Ottosen

Humboldt County - Ottosen

Humboldt County - Ottosen

Humboldt County - Ottosen

Humboldt County - Ottosen

Humboldt County - Ottosen

Humboldt County - Rutland
Rutland

Humboldt County - Rutland

Humboldt County - Gilmore City
Gilmore City

Humboldt County - Gilmore City

Humboldt County - Gilmore City

Humboldt County - Pioneer
Pioneer

Humboldt County - Pioneer

Humboldt County - Pioneer

Humboldt County - Pioneer

Humboldt County - Pioneer

Calhoun County- Somers
Somers?

Humboldt County - Rinard
Rinard

Humboldt County

Calhoun County - Rinard

Calhoun County - Rinard

Calhoun County - Lohrville
Lohrville

Calhoun County - Lohrville

Calhoun County - Lohrville

The next set of auxiliary images to share will mostly come from Calhoun County.

Lucas County Auxiliary Images

Shortly after I published the town signs of Lucas County I received a letter in the mail. I don’t get much mail from anybody other that the two State Farm agents in Ames that think by constantly sending me junk mail I’m somehow going to sign up for their terrible insurance that has treated more than one person in my life very poorly. Switch to State Farm, not on your life Scott Richardson or Pat Brown! American Family Insurance for life!

But I digress, the letter I got in the mail was from the Chairman of the Lucas County Veterans Memorial Park Committee thanking me for including their park in my blog:



I was blown away by the letter and was humbled to receive the letter and want to say thanks!

The day that I harvested the town signs of Lucas County I didn’t explore as much as I normally would. I had to get to Des Moines to drop off my entries for the Iowa State Fair. Then I had to get to Ames to a wedding. Therefore, I didn’t take a ton of pictures in Lucas County, but here are a few that I did take:


Lucas County - Lucas
Lucas

Lucas County - Lucas

Lucas County - Lucas

Lucas County - Lucas

Lucas County - Lucas

Lucas County - Lucas

Lucas County - Derby
Derby

Lucas County - Derby

Lucas County - Russell
Russell

Lucas County - Russell

Lucas County - Russell

Lucas County - Russell

Lucas County - Russell

Lucas County - Russell

Lucas County

Lucas County - Chariton
Chariton

Lucas County - Chariton

Lucas County - Chariton

Lucas County - Chariton

Lucas County - Chariton

Lucas County - Chariton

Lucas County - Chariton

Lucas County - Chariton

Lucas County - Williamson
Williamson

While I didn’t get to spend much time in Lucas County, I do have plans to go there again in April. Red Haw State Park is supposed to be absolutely beautiful that time of year. I also want to visit the Frontier Trading Post. It looked like a fascinating place!

2010-10-18 & 2010-10-19

There was really only one picture of consequence in the folder 2010-10-18, so I decided to combine it with the folder 2010-10-19. The pictures in the folder 2010-10-19 are from a road trip I took to Kalona with my Mom. We also stopped in Riverside and the Czech Village in Cedar Rapids. I do miss those trips to Kalona.


WEEK 42 - SHADOWS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 41 - DRY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

Kalona Road Trip with Mom - October 2010

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

RWPE #41 – DRY

RWPE #42 – SHADOWS

SOME VACATION PICTURES

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve Minnesota.

Tama County Auxiliary Images – 2

Here is the final chapter in the storage of my Grandma Bennett’s brief third marriage:

Handschin Killer Commits Suicide At Reformatory

Sioux City, Feb. 15

Mrs. Martelle McPeek, 29 year-old blonde, who last January 11th shot her lover after being jilted, committed suicider early today in the woman’s reformatory at Rockwell City by hanging herself with a pair of cotton stockings.

Supt. Pauline Johnston said Mrs. McPeek was by a guard. The county coroner said Mrs. McPeek died of strangulation and that her neck was not broken.

Mrs. McPeek entered the institution January 27th. She had been sentenced to ten years when she pleaded guilty to a charge of second degree murder.

The charge against her was filed after the death of Maurics Handschin, 36-year-old packing house employee as a result of a bullet wound in the abdomen.

Formerly of Boone

The late Mr. Handschin was formerly of Boone and had married here only shortly before the fatal shooting. His underal services were held in this city.

Claimed by Husband

Rockwell City, Feb. 15

Mrs. Martelle M. McPeek, 29, committed suicide at the Iowa Women’s Reformatory, to which she was sentenced for 10 years for killing Maurice Handschin in Sioux City last January 11.

Mrs. McPeek’s body was found hanging from the top of a window. She had strangled herself to death with her stockings. Her husband, William McPeek of Sioux City claimed her body.

Handschin lived at the McPeek residence in Sioux City several years before leaving there to marry a Boone divorcee. Mrs. McPeek contended she had planned to divorce her husband and marry Handschin.

Here is a copy of the newspaper article:



While that concluded this episode of sharing some of my family history that I discover going through some genealogy stuff, it won’t be the last.

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This is the rest of the auxiliary images from my trip to Tama County to harvest their town signs. The highlight of this trip was the winding stairs in Traer.


Tama County - Clutier
Clutier

Tama County - Clutier

Tama County - Clutier

Tama County - Clutier

Tama County - Clutier

Tama County - Clutier

Tama County - Clutier

Tama County - Dysart
Dysart

Tama County - Traer
Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Lincoln
Lincoln

Tama County

Grundy County - Conrad
Conrad (Grundy County)

Grundy County - Conrad

Tama County - Garwin, Iowa
Garwin

Tama County - Garwin, Iowa

Tama County

So many auxiliary images still to go through, but that is it for Tama County.