What Joe Knows . . . . Historic celebrations in Guttenberg
By Molly Moser
Guttenberg’s Stars and Stripes Celebration, with its parade, performances, and fireworks show, is an event many look forward to attending. Over the course of Guttenberg’s history, a variety of citywide celebrations have taken place.
Joe Ihm, member of the Guttenberg Heritage Society who has a wealth of knowledge on local history, remembers firsthand many such celebrations. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, Ihm donates his time and wisdom to visitors of the Lockmaster’s House Heritage Museum in Guttenberg.
Not only does Ihm recall area history from his own experiences, he has also familiarized himself with a variety of resources on related topics – like Walter Jacobs’ The First One Hundred Years: A History of Guttenberg, Iowa. Jacobs writes that from 1910 until WWI, there were more events scheduled in Guttenberg than one could possibly attend. Winter wrestling matches, educational courses for adults, baseball, floating theater performances and river excursions kept locals entertained. The city’s first permanent movie theater featured pianist Harry White, ‘The World’s Champion One Hand Pianist.’ He accompanied silent films with appropriate music.
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