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Hi. I'm Marty Boller. After 30+ years of pastoral ministry, we're now focusing on exploring the fingerprints of God in the life stories of those who have gone before us. If you love history and love Iowa. Join us!

On The Road To Statehood – Celebrating 175 Years – 1843.

1843 – Walter Terrell and His Dam and Mill on the Iowa River.

In 1843, Walter Terrell, with the help of a skilled carpenter, Irish immigrant William Windrem, built a dam and a three-story grist (flour) mill on the Iowa River just north of Iowa City (what is today – directly in front of the Mayflower Apartments).

For nearly 40 years, Terrell was a highly successful master miller. His grist mill was equipped with three run (top and bottom) of 3¹/₂ -foot millstones and three run of four-foot millstones. The water wheel was the undershot type where the power wheel that turned the millstones was made to revolve by the water undershooting the wheel. The mill could grind 300 bushels of grain in 24 hours.

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On The Road To Statehood – Celebrating 175 Years – 1845.

After a decade of complaints, the contentious Presbyterian group (which dissolved in 1865) decided to sell its little bell to the State University of Iowa, which was now preparing to hold its first classes (March 1855) in Mechanics Academy, renting this struggling private school located just two blocks from Capitol Square.

Forged in New York City in 1844, this little bronze bell was most likely the first one to ring out regularly on the streets of Iowa City. It came here in 1845 via some disgruntled Presbyterians who started a second “First Presbyterian Church,” after splitting from the larger denomination in the early 1840’s. The 125-pound bell is dated (1844) and its first home was the First Constitutional Presbyterian Church of Iowa City (Old Stone Church) located on the south side of Burlington Street, a half-block west of Clinton Street.

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1896.

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