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April 11, 2014

Appanoose County history

April 11, 1922: Radio was the craze. Starting it was Harry Luther in a shop next door to the original Iowegian office on North Main. Using two vacuum tubes, a condenser, receiver, loop aerials, batteries and headphones, he created the town’s first radio receiving set. Seventeen months later, 50 radios were known to be operating in Appanoose County. The second week of April 1922, William Bradley was busy installing the town’s first radio station. He placed it in the First National Bank on the Square’s north side (Grothe’s former law office). Workmen erected an aerial on the roof. The station was one of eight in Iowa. It had its own power plant. It delivered 500 watts of electrical energy at 1,000 volts direct current, tapping some from the Interurban trolley wire. The station radiated three-and-a half amperes in the antenna, drawing 220 milliamperes plate current. Its call letters were WDAX. Its first day of broadcasting was April 13. ( 293-294)

April 12, 1861: At 4:30 a.m. the guns of the Confederate States of America opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. After 34 hours of bombardment, the fort surrendered. Three days later President Abraham Lincoln appealed for 75,000 volunteers from the North to suppress the revolt and preserve the Union. Samuel Morse’s invention of the telegraph relayed his message around the country. Davenport, on the far side of the Mississippi’s River’s, first bridge was its most westerly receiving station. U.S.congressman William Vandever of Iowa carried the telegram from there on horseback a further 50 miles west, finding Iowa Gov. Samuel Kirkwood in overalls and boots tending stock on his farm two miles up river from Iowa City at Coralville. “Why the President wants a whole regiment of men!” Kirkwood said. “Do you suppose, Mr. Vandever, I can raise that many?” By the time Kirkwood’s proclamation traveled by stagecoach and horseback to Iowa’s county towns and from there to local townships, there were enough volunteers to fill 10 regiments. (32)

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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