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Belan Ephemera Collection

Identifier: 2023-07

Scope and Contents


Davenport High School medal - small artifact

CDV by Huebinger Bros. identified as Leopold Grommel. Grommel appears in the 1895 Iowa State census as living in Davenport, Iowa.

cardboard sign for Emil Rabe, painting and decorating; advertising Dutch Boy paint

cardboard pound butter box for Mississippi Valley Dairy Charm butter; Mississippi Valley Milk Producers Association [1959]

"The Evangelist" conducted by A. Chatterton. Vol. XIV; [June 1863] This publication contains brief narratives, queries with answers directed to "Brother Chatterton", and several obituaries including the names of: Martha Ann McGee, Isaac Brown, Aaron Harlan, Anna Hall, Harriet A. Littell, Loviny Stiles, Lew Eva Hickenlooper. The publication was printed by Gazette Book and Job Office in Davenport and orders directed to James Challen or A. Chatterton, Davenport, Iowa.


Grubers account book; cover "Security Fire Insurance Company, Davenport, Iowa"

Traffic Rules and Regulations of City of Davenport, Iowa [1926]

Sewing needles compliments of Phoenix Milling Co.

1908-9 Calendar, and some useful information courtesy of Ballard Drug and Dental Co.

ink blotter advertising Bird Insulated Bric Siding courtesy of Interstate Housing Co.

lithograph of Davenport Bank and Trust Company by Richard


receipt for purchase by C.F. Ranzow and Son [1892]

receipts from Davenport Gas Light Company for gas consumed by W.A. Bemis [1894] and Ranzow and Son [1891

receipts from Davenport Water Company for water used by C.F. Ranzoe [1894-1895] and W.A. Bemis [1894-1895]

receipts from Iowa Telephone Compnay for service W.A. and F.P. Bemis [1909, 1912]


Guaranty Life Association of Iowa booklet

Mechangics Insurance Co. [1895]

German National Insurance Co. [1905]

Insurance Company of the State of Illinois annual statement [1906]

Instruction Manual for AgentsAetna Life Insurance Company [1907]

Fire Insurance Policy for 1013 Tremont Ave. [1913]

Fire Insurance Policy for office building of Nichols and Lorton

Rough Notes "Expiration Book"

Household inventory booklet presented by Fred. P. Bemis

Mechanics Insurance Co. statement [1907]


  • Creation: 1863-1910

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials are available for use in the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center only.

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Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Biographical / Historical

This collection is being researched for information.


1 Linear Inch (in 2.5" letter size archival box.)

Language of Materials



This is a collection consisting of four folders.

Folders 1 and 2 contain Davenport Miscellany. Folder 3 contains items from Davenport Gas Light Co., Davenport Water Co., Iowa Telephone Co. Folder 4 contains items pertaining to local insurance agent Fred Bemis.

Physical Location

Range 33 Section 09; shares box

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Language of description
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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
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Davenport IA 52801-1490
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