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Fall Focus: Gratitude In my mind there is something magical about fall. As we settle into new fall routines, cooler temperatures, and warmer clothing, I always find myself Rebecca Paulsen, feeling cozy and Editor of filled with gratitude. Muscatine Magazine I’m thankful for the break in uncomfortably hot temperatures, thankful for a new sweater or cozy blanket keeping me warm, thankful for the familiar smiles on friendly faces at Muskie home games and the Holiday Stroll. While its true that no season in life is without its challenges, I find that staying
focused on gratitude for things both big and small can carry me through any challenges that comes my way. This fall and holiday season I hope you make time in your day to pause and envision yourself in the cover photo. Even better, I hope you can make it out to Discovery Park and sit on a bench for a few minutes and breathe in the fresh air. If nothing else, I hope you will at least stop for a moment to appreciate and enjoy the beauty around you, and spend some time focusing on the goodness in your life. I’m sure you will find there is so much to be thankful for, if only you take the time to stop and look.
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Local foundation teaches kids sports skills, values throughout Midwest By Kathy Kuhl
Three stories of youthful entry into team sports – and many, many more – wouldn’t have been possible without the Youth Sports Foundation (YSF), which started in 1996, right here in Muscatine. THE HEAD-TURNER One of Danielle Frere Jenkins’ fondest memories from fifth grade (in the early 2000s) is how she turned heads and dropped jaws when she removed her football helmet. A tight end/middle linebacker, Frere was a strong player because she had grown up with two football-playing older brothers whose dad had coached them.
“It was fun getting the response, ‘Oh, you’re a girl?’” she said. “Most people didn’t really think girls could play to boys’ level, but with all the backyard games I had played before, I’d had plenty of practice.”
With two older brothers in youth football, Sam watched enough by the time it was his turn to play, said his father, Steve Wieskamp. “I dragged him to all his older brothers’ sports so he thought he might as well play.”
Frere ended her football career after middle school, “threw the shotput and the hammer” in college, and now coaches.
Sam is now among the Muskies’ top tennis players and a quarterback with the varsity football team. “In middle and high school, I’ve had an advantage over people who hadn’t played before.”
THE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE Muscatine High School senior Sam Wieskamp has always enjoyed sports. He started young with soccer and basketball at the Muscatine Community Y. “Back then, whatever sport I was playing was my favorite,” he said.
The foundation’s reach is broader than just Muscatine. oss Pierschbacher of Cedar Falls, who was draftR ed from the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide to the Washington Redskins (as 15th overall NFL draft pick) for the 2019-20 season, recently posted his photo on Facebook with a sign that reads, “I played for YSF.” 2 Muscatine Magazine • Fall 2019
TRYING TRACK AND FIELD’S MANY EVENTS Raen and Ava Acker, West Middle School eighth graders, found their early athletic footing in track and field. In fifth and sixth grades, Raen said, they tried the shot put, the long jump, the 800 meter, and some relays. Their mother, Marnee Acker, said , “A short, sweet season gave them a taste, and they got to try a lot.” Both girls plan to run cross country and join track and field at school this year. “We have learned a lot. We’re ready,” Raen said.
Jim Miller, president of Youth Sports Foundation (YSF), has created a youth sports machine. A self-professed “football guy,” the Muscatine native participated in teams from elementary to high school. What turned into YSF started with a simple goal.
several local businesses have sponsored teams year after year, and the Muscatine School District offers its athletic facilities at no cost and “is a very valued partner.” YSF athletes travel for games and meets, but always an hour or less and only on Sunday afternoons. The teams keep score, but they don’t keep standings.
“It was about getting the younger kids here football. (Fifth- and sixth-grade football) had just been eliminated in the Muscatine Schools.”
“We play for love of the game – not a trophy,” Miller said.
HOW YSF STARTED The idea was that any kid this age who wanted to play could play, regardless of costs. Miller partnered with Lynn Stiles. “I have known Lynn 30-plus years, from my days as a YMCA youth director. When he worked out, we would talk football.” Stiles was on an Alaskan cruise, but he answered Miller’s phone call about starting what was then a local football league. He offered to pay for equipment and uniforms. A wrestler with the 1947 NCAA Championship team at Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, Stiles values athleticism. “Sports develop character and teach discipline in a way that’s fun,” he said. There were three teams that year. Within two years, the program expanded to Wilton, Louisa-Muscatine and Rockridge school districts, and Miller and Stiles had established a non-profit organization. Since then, the foundation has taken off like an undefended running back. Youth Sports Foundation is now the biggest organization of its kind in the Midwest.
Cofounders Jim Miller (standing) and Lynn Stiles pose with Sally Stiles, whom Miller calls “the best football wife ever.” Sally traveled all over Iowa and Illinois when Lynn would be there for games to make sure the coaching and officiating were adhering to YSF rules.
YSF has been the starting point for great athletes. Muscatine’s own have gone on to college ball. Drake Kulick was a standout fullback with the University of Iowa from 2015-2017, and Nate and Nick Frere (Danielle’s brothers) played defensive tackle and defensive lineman, respectively, for Iowa State from 2006-09. Once in a helmet with YSF, Joe Wieskamp (Sam’s brother), is now a starting guard for the University of Iowa men’s basketball team.
TEAM EFFORT IMPARTS VALUES Offering youth sports locally and regionally is a team effort. Registration is the only cost for families thanks to many grants and also team sponsorships by businesses. Miller said in Muscatine,
YSF board president Chuck Van Hecke said the organization also strongly values safety. “Participating in University of Iowa studies, we’ve tracked injuries, which helps us find ways to prevent them,” he said. Van Hecke is proud of how YSF vets coaches. “We have provided the program’s boys and girls coaches who have been background-checked by the organization. As a parent, I’d be happy to know my children are coached by responsible people.” And people are happy to coach and officiate. Miller said YSF doesn’t have to seek out coaches. Sometimes they are former YSF athletes. Danielle Frere Jenkins, for instance, coaches track and field. Sam Wieskamp helped officiate football when his younger brother played. The volunteerism and energy keep YSF going. “We have been here for 22 years,” said Miller. ”We’re proud to be here for the kids of this community.” n
STATISTICS SHOW SUCCESS The modest office at 2923 Cedar St. belies the foundation’s size. YSF.... • Has a staff of five in Muscatine, four regional directors in Iowa and an 11-person board of directors. • H as included both genders with its four sports programs: volleyball, cheerleading, co-ed track and field (fifth and sixth grades) and football (first through sixth grades).
• T rains 280 volunteer coaches (with about four assistant coaches each, for football). • H as 10,000 young athletes in its programs – about 8,000 of them football players. • F ields football teams in 175 communities spanning all of Iowa and parts of three other states: Illinois, Wisconsin and Nebraska.
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How to “Eat An Elephant” Continuously Adapting, Improving and Learning Keeps Muskie Swim Coach Judd Anderson On Deck After 55 Years By Tina Roth According to Judd Anderson there is only one way to “eat an elephant” …. one bite at a time. He uses the elephant metaphor to teach the young men and women he coaches that life is all about dedication to constantly improving oneself. In other words, show up to practice everyday, work hard and you will see the results. Overall success comes from all the little things you do to reach your goal. The philosophy holds true not just for swimming, but for life. “The ultimate goal is to focus on individual improvements, “ Anderson stresses. “To do the things that make you better
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as a swimmer, as an athlete in general, as a person.” After 55 years as head swim coach for Muscatine High School, the 78-year-old Anderson is still working on eating his elephant. “I try to be a lifelong learner,” Anderson explains, “That is something I hope I impart on the kids. I endeavor to continue to learn and be adaptive.” Anderson seeks out opportunities for self-improvement. He attends swim clinics and workshops. He reads a lot. And whatever he reads, he shares -making copious copies of swim articles to distribute to his swimmers.
“Judd always taught that improvement comes from putting in the effort consistently over the long term,” states Haden Calegan, 2013 MHS graduate and a member of the 2011-2013 state championship boys’ team. “His greatest strength is his willingness to adapt with the sport of swimming as it changes. He has years of experience to draw inspiration from, but he always made a point to keep fresh swimming articles on the pool deck for swimmers to learn new techniques from and apply.” Anderson estimates he has seen anywhere from 700 to 800 swimmers walk through the locker room doors of the pool since he arrived in town from his native Minnesota in 1964.
I have met lots of different kids over the years. By far, the largest portion of them were great kids that have become great adults who positively contribute to the communities wherever they may now live.
“I have met lots of different kids over the years,” states Anderson. “By far, the largest portion of them were great kids that have become great adults who positively contribute to the communities wherever they may now live.” He started his career in Muscatine coaching age group swimmers and the high school boys’ team in the fourlane pool in the downtown Muscatine YMCA. In 1967, he was instrumental in starting the high school girls’ team. The program got another boost in 1977 with the construction of the Carver Swim Center. He can boast of multiple state championships – the girls in 1982 and ‘85 and, most recently, the boys in 2011, ‘12 and ‘13. He has coached 18 individual state champions, one Olympian, multiple Olympic trial qualifiers, 29 All Americans, and well over 100 Academic All Americans. A large contingency of those who swam for him has gone on to compete in all divisions on the college level. A charter member of the Iowa High School Swim Coaches Association (IHSSCA), he, personally, has received numerous accolades including being inducted into the IHSSCA Hall of Fame in 2015. Mention the name “Judd Anderson” to anyone who is familiar with swimming in the state of Iowa (and beyond) and they know who he is. According to former Muskie swimmer, Muffy Bartelt, class of ’82, “Judd is really good about seeing everything across the state. He knows everything about other swimmers. He keeps up on the coaching stuff.
Bartelt’s family has a long history of swimming for and working for Anderson. She was a member of the 1982 championship girls’ team. Her father, Herb Noetzel, was an assistant coach with him for many years. Bartelt , herself, also served as assistant coach. Her daughter swam for the Muskies, and her great niece currently swims on the team. “His strength is his ability to encompass the larger picture,” she adds. “He is very knowledgeable about the competition and knows how to utilize his swimmers to get the most potential for themselves and the team.” The high school swim team attracts swimmers possessing a wide variety of swim skills and backgrounds. Anderson relishes working with them all from the — Continued on next page
Crissy Ahmann-Leighton, one of Judd’s former swimmers, won two gold medals and one silver medal in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
JUDD ANDERSON Judd Anderson teaches 11th grade American history and 12th grade economics at Muscatine High School. He moved to Muscatine Aug. 29 from Virginia, Minn. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree. Muscatine Journal photo Sept 11, 1964
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Continued from previous page – elite swimmer doing year-round club swimming to the kid who has never done much more than play marco polo in the community pool. No matter their experience or skill, he views swimming as an avenue for personal improvement and accomplishment for them all. “The beauty is everyone can participate in swimming no matter your talent level,” he adds. “There are really no bench warmers or sideliners. You swim against yourself, and you can win regardless of place. Plus with four different strokes and a large variety of distances and events, it is easier to find a niche for kids than most other sports.
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Anderson speaks from personal experience. He enjoyed and tried a variety of sports growing up, but felt he lacked the raw talent to compete in them. Then on the insistence of a friend he gave swimming a try in junior high. Finding his athletic fit, he became a standout in the 100 and 200 freestyle on the high school squad. His participation translated into a chance to swim collegiately where he switched his focus to the long distance freestyle events. His collegiate career included swimming in the 1963 NCAA championships.
friends with swim camps. The region took an economic downturn in the last few decades and the once cutting edge facilities have become antiquated. “It is all grass roots, “ explains Anderson. “There is no-year round clubs, no electronic timing, 20-yard pools.” While Anderson enjoys going back, the comparison helps him realize how fortunate he is to live in a community propelled by strong community support for their school and recreational programs.
“I was fortunate to grow up at the time I did,” says Anderson, “The first indoor swim facilities in the country were being built in the Iron Range area. They were the best in the country at the time.”
“Muscatine was the ‘big city’ for me for many years,” stresses Anderson. “The diversity, the industry, the economy – it all results in the support we have here for our kids. The culture for swimming here has been phenomenal.
Over the years, Anderson has returned to his hometown area to help coaching
“We have great support from business and industry, “ he adds. “They are
Muscatine was the ‘big city’ for me for many years. The diversity, the industry, the economy – it all results in the support we have here for our kids.
supportive of all kinds of programs. Our kids are very fortunate to have the sports and other amenities they have.” His appreciation for living in Iowa took cultivation, however. A native of the small northern Minnesota town of Virginia and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, the only reason Anderson found himself in Iowa at all was at the suggestion of a University of Minnesota teammate, Doug Felton, who was a Muscatine High School alum. Felton knew his alma mater was looking for both a social studies teacher and a boys’ swim coach and encouraged him to apply. Anderson, finding the area lacking in lakes and trees, took the position, but decided his time in Iowa would be brief.
He was determined to get back to his native Minnesota. Fate would prove otherwise. He became smitten with the PE teacher and local girl, Laura Offerman, and in 1970 they were married. Four children, Sarah, Erika, Ellen and Jake followed and there was no more talk of moving back to Minnesota. “I tried to escape,” he laughs. “But I couldn’t get out of here.” Anderson has been active in the Muscatine community outside of his post as swim coach. A member of Saints Mary and Mathias Catholic church, he has served on the board there, as well as been a member of the City of Muscatine Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee.
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For 20 years, he took on the challenge of land sports as coach of the MHS sophomore softball team. He continues to lend a hand to the basketball and football programs at Muscatine High School as a scorekeeper and timer. He credits his own children and grandchildren for helping him overcome the single-mindedness of coaching swimming year round and rediscovering other activities. “I did not even know where the ballpark was here in town until my oldest came home and said she wanted to play softball,” he admits. “That was the end of my coaching age-group summer swimming. I wanted to support my children in their sports.” Between the four children, he and his wife made the rounds as supportive parent for softball, basketball and tennis. Thanks to his grandchildren, the repertoire expanded to include bowling and golf. That’s not saying when swim season rolled around that he didn’t expect to find his own brood in the pool. All four, plus his granddaughter swam for him. “People would ask my kids if they ‘had’ to swim,” laughed Anderson in reference to his children. “They would say, ‘No, but we like to eat and sleep at our house!’” After 33 years in the classroom, Anderson retired in 1997. “I was very fortunate in my career,” he says. “I enjoyed it and I got to travel to many corners of the world with my students – Russia, Japan. But my father and grandfather died young, I wanted to enjoy my retirement while I could.” But, he needed something to keep him from just “staying at home, eating and watching TV.” Which is why 23 years later, you can still find him heading to the pool for 2-a-day practices. He claims that if he keeps seeing too many more grandchildren of his former swimmers, he is done. But he also muses about what he would be doing if not being guardian of the next generation of swimmers. “I am fortunate to able to do this,” Anderson concludes. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.” n MuscatineMagazine Magazine• •Fall Fall2019 2019 99 Muscatine
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Community Building By Jennifer Conard All great things start with one person’s idea. Over twenty years ago, the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine was just an idea. It was the early ‘90s and a group of committed individuals lead by Dick Maeglin had just started the Muscatine Center for Strategic Action, aimed at making a difference in the quality of life in Muscatine. Dick had met with DC Center for Philanthropy to learn about community foundations. It was the fastest growing realm of philanthropy in the U.S., and he thought Muscatine could benefit from a community trust. Dick made pitches for several years to various people, hoping the idea would spark an interest from community leaders. After several attempts to raise funds failed, Jim Nepple had a client who wanted to donate some money. This was the start of Community Funds of Muscatine. Jim donated legal advice and office space, and to make it official, Dick had the phone number listed in the phone book. Inspired by his high school French teacher not to fight, but to be a peace12 Muscatine Magazine • Fall 2019
maker, Dick has always seen himself as not one person, but part of the collective good. “I had come right to the edge of bankruptcy. Subsequently, I started making a living, paid the kids’ college, and had a little extra money left over. There’s an obligation with prosperity. Not a new idea, certainly,” said Dick. “The Foundation would be funded by people from all stripes of life. The goal was to engage the entire community, both from the standpoint of giver and that of recipient. Because one person simply cannot be aware of all the needs or all the available assistance.” After years of gathering information and funds, Community Funds of Muscatine became the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine and was incorporated in 1999 under the direction of Elaine Terrill, who was instrumental in its development, along with the “Founders.” This group of people, John Beckey, Hal Green, Mike Johanssen, Rosa Mendoza, Jim Nepple, Paul Ostrem, Mark Patton, Rick Simpson, Mike Spangler, Jim Trosen, and Katrina Wisniewski, worked tirelessly to build what we now know as the Community Foundation.
Board members were appointed in December, 1999: Rich Bridenstine, DeeAnn Carrasco, Shirley Drake, Amy Galicia, John Lodge, Karen Marine, Sally Stiles, Jim Wester, and Katrina Wisniewski. Built on the generosity of people’s time, expertise, money and dedication, the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine was poised to play a vital role in the growth and vitality of our community.
The early days of the Community Foundation were tough. Small donations trickled in slowly and by December 2000, the viability of the Foundation and its future were being discussed. “This was the low point in the CFGM’s history when the board met on December 12, 2000. I am not sure how we survived other than never giving up,” said Jim Nepple. “I cannot say enough about Elaine Terrill. I want to personally thank her.” The Foundation held on through 2000 and 2001, attending meetings with other community foundations and learning about fundraising techniques, and finally had a significant revenue growth in 2002.
Giving Through the Years
Muscatine Journal Photo 8/27/2007
Left: Muscatine youth, from left, Elijah Strug, 12, Frankie Dixon, 11, Brandon Whitlow, 11, and Ronnie Stug, 15, sold lemonade and applied for a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine County to replant some of the many trees lost at Greenwood Cemetery during a tornado on June 1. They raised $85 and secured a $500 grant, which they presented to Mayor Dick O’Brien, center, at Thursday’s City Council meeting.
Muscatine Journal Photo 4/21/2008
Caring people helped secure our community’s future through their generous giving. In 2004, after only five years, the Community Foundation’s funds had grown to $2.2 million. This number speaks not only to the hard work and dedication of the board and staff, but more importantly to the deep generosity of Muscatine County’s residents and the belief in the future of their community.
In 2005, under the leadership of Frank Kelley, the Community Foundation received a national accreditation from the National Council on Foundations after a rigorous and thorough accreditation process. “When I came to the
Right: Judi Holdorf, left, executive director of the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, presented a check to Becky Furlong of the Muscatine Community School District. The grant will be used to purchase “Consumer Savvy2-Consumer Wise” books for eighth-grade students to teach them about money management.
Foundation there were 12 or 15 funds and we were one desk in the office of Jim Nepple,” said Frank. “The board and Elaine had been very good at establishing a level of professionalism and there was no recognition of it. The big project was to find out where we were and then where we needed to go.” In addition to earning its accreditation, the Foundation also started funding small projects through micro grants. “Funds were small so there was no way to make a significant grant. I had read about micro-loans in India, so we created micro grants,” said Frank. “We made grants from $50 to $500.”
Ag Learning Center a “Big Deal”
Over the years the Community Foundation has taken on big ideas and brought them to fruition at a local level, serving the Muscatine County communities. Frank remembers one of the first major projects of the Community Foundation. “The dream that Dave Fowler at the high school had for the agricultural learning center…and it was preposterous. It would be so big and so expensive and required so much land,” Frank said. “How can that happen? Paul Carroll and others told me how it was feasible. They would find the money and all they — Continued on next page
County Endowment Fund Program In 2005, the State of Iowa passed legislation that implemented the County Endowment Fund Program. Because the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine is accredited by the National Council of Foundations it is eligible to receive a percentage of the State’s gaming tax revenue through a grant. This year over $96,000 was granted in Muscatine County through this program. Community foundations annually grant 75% of those funds to non-profits and charitable projects within their counties and place the remaining 25% of funds in a permanent endowment to provide a permanent source of funding. n
Human Services 29.77%
Community/ Public Benefit 15.53% Other 2.98%
Environment 4.8% Arts/Culture 16.48
Breakdown of grants distributed in 2018-2019 by Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine. Muscatine Magazine • Fall 2019 13
Community Foundation Continued from previous page – needed was a responsible organization to collect the money and disperse it. We provided that and project transparency.” “The Ag Learning Center was the first big deal we did at the Community Foundation,” Frank said.
A Decade of Major Growth
From 2008-2018, the Community Foundation continued to flourish under the direction of Judi Holdorf and the board members, staff and volunteers who served. Judi grew funds from $3.5 million to $26 million during her tenure as Executive Director. Judi’s dedication to donor stewardship was instrumental in the success of the Community Foundation. Today funds have grown to over 240 totaling $37 million. The funds held at the Foundation vary greatly. From Micaela’s Hope, focusing on youth mental health, to the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra fund presenting music and providing music education opportunities, to the West Liberty Dream Catchers Endowment, empowering children to be the first in their family to attend college. After 20 years of excellent stewardship and continued generosity, the Foundation is poised to grow even more.
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Over the years, various scholarship funds have been opened at the Foundation and with the addition of the Muscatine Community School Foundation fund in 2016, over $400,000 in scholarships were awarded in 2019. Students can easily apply using our on-line scholarship application portal at www.muscatinecommunityfoundation.org. The Community Foundation also partners with Muscatine Community College, offering over 50 MCC Foundation scholarships. The portal is open for the Muscatine Community College Spring 2020 semester until November 1, 2019.
Since the Community Foundation is accredited through the National Council on Foundations, it is eligible for money divided among Iowa counties that don’t receive state gambling revenues. “Our charitable funds and endowments have impact today and anchor the longterm continued sustainability of our
evolving community. The purposes of these life-changing, community-enriching dollars include: homeless prevention, nutrition, early learning, post-secondary success, diversity, the arts, enrichment for individuals with disabilities and seniors, historical preservation, and an array of health initiatives,” says Charla Schafer, Executive Director of Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine. In 2018, over $1 million was granted through the Community Foundation to non-profits for charitable work in Muscatine County.
Community Building into the Future
Community betterment has always been the focus and goal of the Community Foundation. It’s the reason the Foundation was started and continues today. There are many ways you can join us in community building, from opening a fund to supporting current funds to volunteering. Contact us to discuss how you can help build our community through charitable giving. n
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A complete listing of current Local shoppin participating g! chamber members can be found below. Chamber Dollars can be purchased at the GMCCI office at 100 West 2nd St. If you have any questions please call the GMCCI office at 563263-8895. n
Impact Athletic Performance Integrated Technology Partners Ioway-Record Printing Company J & S Electronic Business Systems, Inc. Jimmy John’s Kellor & Kellor Landscape Krieger Motor Company Le Chic Prom & Pageant Boutique Lifetime Dentistry PCHolly A Krystek DDS Live, Laugh, Love Child Care Center Lofgren Team – Re/Max People LPI Loans Lucas Communications Inc Mailboxes & Parcel Depot Merrill Hotel & Conference Center Midtown Towing & Repair Missipi Brew Mississippi Laser Muscatine Art Center Muscatine Community Y Muscatine Computer Store Muscatine History & Industry Center Muscatine Journal Muscatine Lumber, LLC Muscatine Power & Water Muscatine Radiology PC Muscatine Symphony Orchestra Assoc.
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Make your Chamber Dollar check payable to one of these participating chamber members when redeeming! Enterprise Rent-A-Car Family Eye & Contact Center Fareway Grocery Store of Muscatine Feather Your Nest Interiors Flickinger Learning Center Flowers on the Avenue Freers & Sons Tree Service Fresh Vintage Flower Gallery, The Geneva Golf & Country Club Gentle Family Dentist GM Food Mart/GM Mini Mart Good Samaritan Society Goodwill of the Heartland Muscatine Guadalajara Restaurant Hahn Ready Mix Hall Tree, The Hampton Inn - Muscatine Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream Happy Tails Pet Resort & Kennel Harper’s Cycling & Fitness Hearing HealthCare of Muscatine Holmes Collision Repair Home Instead Senior Care Hy-Vee Food Store Hy-Vee Hm Health Care & Medical Supplies Hy-Vee Mainstreet Ideal Wellness
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Muscatine Tax Service Muscatine Travel Muscatine Urgent Care Muscatine Used Parts Muscatine Veterinary Hospital Musser Public Library Neal’s Vacuum & Sewing Center Nelson Electric Non-Emergency Transport, Inc. Olson Family Dentistry PLLC Osaka Sushi Steakhouse Palm’s Theatre Pack-N-Ship Per Mar Security Services Phelps Uniform Specialists Pierce Furniture Company Pizza Ranch Pro Hair Designs Salon & Spa Proline Striping PS3 Enterprises – The Outhouse Quality Cobbler Reif Oil Company/ Conoco Fast Break Reliable Network Solutions Rendezvous, The River City Moving & Storage River Rehabilitation, Inc Riverside Animal Hospital RIVO Inc. Robert Half
Rock Valley Physical Therapy Rose Bowl Roush Painting Saints Mary & Mathias Parish & School Salon Incognito Salvation Army of Muscatine County Salvatores by Papa Reno Sherwin-Williams Co. Shoe Sensation Sign Pro of Muscatine Simply Soothing Slumberland Furniture Soderstrom Skin Institute Strawberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Subway Sunrise Galleries Super 8 Motel Sycamore Printing Taco John’s of Muscatine Taylor’s Market – Stewart Road Toyota of Muscatine Tread Shop US Cellular Vision Center Voice of Muscatine/Vintage Sound Wal-Mart Supercenter Walgreens Drug Store Wendy’s West Side Store Wester Drug Inc. Yacky Shack Yellowblue LED – HESMC, LLC
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By Rebecca Paulsen
The Christmas spirit has been always been alive and well in downtown Muscatine, with some new additions in recent years thanks to the generosity of Jerry Lange. Well known for his elaborate Christmas displays at his home on Mulberry Avenue, Jerry has spent a lifetime bringing Christmas cheer to Muscatine. Jerry’s father passed away when he was a young boy, but his memory has lived on every Christmas through the holiday decorations outside of Jerry’s home. Inspired by a picture of a decorated Christmas tree that his dad placed in a birdbath, Jerry began his own holiday decorating. Each year, his display grew, eventually utilizing the help of many volunteers to put it all together. When he moved out of his home on Mulberry a few years ago, he wanted to continue bringing the Christmas spirit to Muscatine. He recalled the lighted garland that used to hang at the intersections on 2nd Street, and contacted the City of Muscatine and the Chamber of Commerce to see if he could donate the garland and bring the tradition back. The original idea was to have garland on 5 intersections, however, due to the age of the buildings and some trees, they were able to hang garland on just 2 of the intersections. Jerry also donated the Christmas banners that hang along 2nd Street each year, and the 30’ lighted Christmas tree. When the idea of a community Christmas tree first came about, there were a lot of details that needed to be worked out, including the location, the electricity, and the maintenance of the tree itself. With Jerry’s donation and the collaborative effort of Muscatine Power and Water, First National Bank, the City of Muscatine, and the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the tradition of a Muscatine Community Christmas tree and lighting ceremony has successfully been revived. “The tree represents the most recent technology, with synchronized lights and music. It makes a very nice display.” 18 18 Muscatine Muscatine Magazine Magazine •• Fall Fall 2019 2019
It took a significant amount of time and effort to pull it all together, but he says, “It is well worth it.” Jerry’s love of Christmas has not waned over the years. “I have enjoyed every year of decorating, but now I don’t have to.” He still uses many of the items from his home on Mulberry at his new home, including the big trees and the life size nativity. You will find Jerry each year at the tree lighting ceremony, which takes place during the Holiday Stroll. This year the tree will once again be on display at the First National Bank Plaza for all to see. When you come down to enjoy the Holiday Stroll, be sure to stop and thank Muscatine’s “Mr. Christmas” for continuing to share his Christmas spirit with downtown. n
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During the 1980’s, the booklet A Stroll Through Old Muscatine was created by the Historic Homes Study Group of the Muscatine Branch of the American Association of University Women. The booklet showcased forty five grand and varied homes found on West Second and Third Streets in Muscatine. A Stroll Through Old Muscatine was originally compiled and edited by Bett Reusswig and Sallann McCarthy with original drawings by James Kemper. Members of the Muscatine Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) recently coordinated the reprinting of the booklet, funded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine.
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The Muscatine Art Center is located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue in Muscatine, Iowa. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday evenings until 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Holidays at the Muscatine Art Center The addition of holiday greenery, vintage ornaments, historic toys, and other festive touches transforms the Musser-McColm home into a magical place from November through January. Attend one or more of the many events, programs, and classes offered – or simply come tour the historic house – to immerse yourself in Christmas past.
Heartfelt & Handmade Ornament Competition & Pop-Up Shop Since 2017, local artists and crafters have donated handmade ornaments for the annual competition. Over 100 ornaments are expected to be on view – and available to purchase – from November 15th through December 15th. At the Pop-Up Shop, located on the second floor of the historic house, the work of a dozen artists and crafters will be sold from November 15th through January 5th. The proceeds from the Ornament Competition and the Pop-Up Shop benefit the Friends of the Muscatine Art Center and its mission to provide financial support for educational programs at the Muscatine Art Center.
Holiday Open House Friday, November 15 , 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Cost: $20 in advance for adults; $25 for adults at the door; $10 for 18 & under; ornament contributors receive complimentary tickets th
Be among the first to purchase ornaments and items from the Pop-Up
Shop by attending the Holiday Open House on Friday, November 15th from 5 to 7 p.m. Most ornaments and items in the shop are one-of-a-kind and are sold on first-come, first-served basis. The event features musical entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, wine / beer (two drink tickets included in adult admission), and several special exhibitions. n
Free Programs for Families November 22nd, Central Auditorium Victorian Christmas Magic Lantern Show! America’s only 1890s visual extravaganza projected on a full-sized screen – the boisterous kind of show that led to the movies! Scrooge, Santa, animated comedy and carols – all dramatized on screen by a live showman and singer/pianist. “A living national treasure!” – NPR. For adults and kids, 6+. Free Admission. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
December 8th, Muscatine Art Center Sunday with Santa 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Kids can share their wish list with Santa, create a fun project in the studio, and enjoy tasty cookies! Free Admission.
Teddy Roosevelt: The American Boy 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Travel back in time to meet Teddy Roosevelt as presented by awardwining impersonator, Adam Lindquist. This program is presented in connection with the National Endowment for the Humanities exhibition, “Jacob Riis: How the Other Half Lives.” Muscatine Magazine • Fall 2019 21
(translation: German Advert) Newspaper cover page Published by Gustav Weis, Muscatine, Iowa, December 1897. Inscription: “The ANZEIGER brings you the richest & most interesting reading material for the German public in city & county. It brings it’s readers a weekly report of the most important news of the old & new country/world. We especially direct your attention to the local news. It is well known that the ANZEIGER is the only official German spokesperson for city & county.” Christmas issue 16-page newspaper printed entirely in German, metal stapled binding, covers are dark & detached, front cover: “WEIHNACHTS-NUMMER DES DEUTSCHER ANZEIGER” (translation-”Christmas edition/issue of German
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News” [not necessarily ‘news’-but advertisements, announcements, history, etc.]), Christmas vignettes on cover, “MUSCATINE IOWA. GUSTAV WEIS, REDACTEUR UND HERASGEBER” (translation: Editor & Publisher), with “A. Zeese & Co., CHI.”, lithograph view of “Muscatine” across bottom of front page, back cover filled with local advertisements, newspaper text is filled with German articles, lithograph images (including ‘Bloomington’) & many local advertisements, published/printed at 107 E. 2nd. St. (Bishop Building), Muscatine, Iowa n
In collaboration with the Muscatine Art Center, we bring you artifacts from the Permanent Collection. Since its opening in 1965, the Muscatine Art Center has been a depository and archive for history items related to Muscatine County. We hope you enjoy!
The German Press of Muscatine County The first German newspaper published in Muscatine county, the “Zeitung,” was established at Muscatine in 1857 by Carl Rotteck. Editor Rotteck had been a lawyer in the grand duchy of Baden, Germany. He took an active part in the revolution for freedom in 1848 and was finally--like so many other heroes of that time--forced to flee to the United States for safety. He came to Muscatine in the early ‘50s, and tried farming in this vicinity for several years. He failed to make a success of this vocation, and then opened a shoe store in town. This venture also proving unsuccessful, he started the first German newspaper. He published the “Zeitung,” a small German weekly, for a period of over a year. It was a republican paper. However, he did not succeed in this new enterprise, and in 1858 he removed with his family and printing office to Keokuk, Iowa. In 1874 a new German weekly, the “Deutsche Zeitung,” a four-page nine-column paper, was established at Muscatine by J. W. Weippiert, an able journalist from Wurttemberg, Germany, and was continued by him with success
About this item... Seen here is a holiday themed cover page of the Christmas Issue of The German Advert (“WEIHNACHTS-NUMMER DES DEUTSCHER ANZEIGER”), the local German newspaper. This issue is comprised of 16 pages, printed entirely in German for the German population of Muscatine, in December 1897. Like any newspaper, it features local news
until the spring of 1879, when his son, G. W. Weippiert, a graduate of the State University of Madison, Wisconsin, succeeded his father in the proprietorship of the paper, which favored democratic principles.
In the fall of 1881 G. W. Weippiert sold the “Deutsche Zeitung” to Rev. Gass (a German Lutheran minister) and Herman S. Stoltzenan. They changed the name of the paper to “Die Wacht am Mississippi.” Mr. Stoltzenan, after a few months had elapsed, bought Rev. Gass’ interests in the “Wacht am Mississippi” and conducted the paper successfully on his own account. It was a democratic weekly. August 1, 1889, another German paper, “Der Correspondent,” was established by Henry Heinz, a native of Davenport, Iowa, who has had an almost continuous experience in German newspaper work since 1870. The “Correspondent” pursued an independent democratic policy. In December, 1896, Frank Koeckeritz, a native of Berlin, Germany, who had conducted a jewelry store here, bought
articles, state, national and international news, announcements, advertisements, and photographs of interest. Gustav Weis is listed as the newspaper Editor and Publisher, (“GUSTAV WEIS, REDACTEUR UND HERASGEBER”) and “A. Zeese & Co.” of Chicago, is listed as the printer. Published at 107 E. 2nd. St. (Bishop Building), Muscatine, Iowa. Of note is the attractive drawing at the bottom of the cover page, of Muscatine and the High Bridge.
and took control of the “Wacht am Mississippi.” He changed the name of the paper to “Deutscher Anzeiger,” and continued the publication for six months, to June 4, 1897, when he sold the paper to Gustav Weis. Mr. Weis was born in Freiburg, Baden, Germany, but came to Muscatine in early youth with his parents and mastered the “art preservative of all arts” in the office of the “Wacht am Mississippi.” He made a success of the “Anzeiger,” which was also a democratic paper, and conducted the same for a period of ten years. May 1, 1907, the two German papers, the “Anzeiger,” published by Gustav Weis, and the “Correspondent,” published by Henry Heinz, were consolidated, the former names of both papers being eliminated and the name of “Muscatine Herold” being substituted for the new and enlarged German weekly publication, now managed by The Muscatine Herold Association, Messrs. Heinz & Weis. n Source: History of Muscatine County Iowa, Volume I, 1911, pages 271-272
Inscription: “The ANZEIGER brings you the richest & most interesting reading material for the German public in city & county . It brings it’s readers a weekly report of the most important news of the old & new country/world . We especially direct your attention to the local news . It is well known that the ANZEIGER is the only official German spokesperson for city & county .” n
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