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Arnesen family papers

Identifier: 2020-22

Scope and Contents

These are the papers of Delores "Dee" Albrecht Lang.

Included: Davenport High School 1947 Senior Prom booklet;

5 Autograph books 1938, 1940-42, 1944, 1945, 1946;

Photographs: 1 black and white 8 x 10" print in frame of Dee in navy hat; 5 snapshots

paper napkin imprinted "Robert C. and Delores A. Lang February 8, 1952";

Iowa Official Register 1967-1968;

Index cards of some city cemetery burials given to donor by his aunt Elaine Albrecht Van Fossen with interments from 1897-1908;

postcard from Jeanne to Dee from Indiana University


  • 1915-1967

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Family History and information according to donor:

Otto Albrecht, Sr. Emma Albrecht married Theodore Hartz and had nine children, one of whom was Amy Hartz who married Charles Arnesen, Sr. and had daughter Delores who married Lang and had son Lucky Lang

Otto Albrecht was the first cigar store owner west of the Mississippi River. He was also on the school board that decided to build Davenport High School.

Theodore Hartz was treasurer of the cigar company. He and Emma took over the business after Otto passed.

Charles Arnseson Sr. owned L. E. Chute Printing Company on Brady Street. He and wife Amy had three children: Elaine, Charles Jr. and Delores. They were members of the Outing Club.

Elaine's nickname "Paddy" comes from her ice skating adventures at Vander Veer Park. She would always fall down on her bottom. Her father suggested she put padding to protect her so she did. Her husband Ralph Van Fossen was the assistant fire chief for the Davenport Fire Department and then Alcoa. She helped out on the John Schmidthauser campaign.

Charles Arneson Jr. went into the Navy.

"Dee" grew up in Davenport and moved to Steepmeadow Apartments at the end of her life. She volunteered as a guide at the Rock Island Arsenal museum, as ambassador to greet people on steamboats and airport for the Chamber of Commerce. Started Salvation Army Christmas Clearance program. Married Lang on February 8, 1952.


1 Box(es) (2.5 " archive box containing 9 folders; 1 book)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

Range 33 Section 10


Received October 2, 2020:

5 black and white snapshots dated July 1965-4 of the Mississippi River flood, 1 of a small church

Iowampum from Iowana Farms, Bettendorf, IA

School papers of Delores Arnesen 1947 Davenport High School Diploma 1947 Davenport High School commencement announcement 1943, 1947 report cards

Correspondence of Delores (Arnesen) Lang 1966 from Gov. Harold E. Hughes re: Citizens for Hughes Committee 1967 Scott County Community Welfare Council / Lang re: Christmas Clearance Bureau

Separated Materials

To catalog: Souvenir of the Police and Fire Departments and Rock Island (1915) The 1915 "M" - Moline High School Yearbook (May 1915) The Blackhawk - Davenport High School Yearbook (1946 and 1947)

To PC Collection Postcards: 1 of Davenport High School; 10 of Outing Club

Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center Repository

321 Main Street
Davenport IA 52801-1490 United States

About the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center:

The Special Collections Department of the Davenport Public Library was established in 1982. In November of 1999, the newly renovated department opened to better serve its community and was renamed the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. The Center acquires, arranges, describes, preserves, and makes available local history and genealogical materials concentrating on those pertaining to Davenport, Scott County, and Eastern Iowa.

Books and other printed materials in the collection can be found using a Library Search. For additional digital resources, browse the Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive. For more information about specific subjects relating to Scott County History, please browse the Research Guides.
Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center
Davenport Public Library
321 Main Street
Davenport IA 52801-1490
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