William Forster (1794 – 1866) in Winterset, Iowa

William Forster is my 3rd Great Grandfather He was born in New Garden, Guilford County North Carolina.  New Garden was a mostly Quaker community and William came from Quaker roots.  He migrated to Winterset Iowa, where this article finds him. Winterset Iowa was then and still is a very small town.  Laid out in 1849, by 1860… Continue reading William Forster (1794 – 1866) in Winterset, Iowa

E.R. Clapp’s early days in Fort Des Moines

My 2nd Great Grandfather – Edwin Ruthven Clapp (1827 – 1906) E.R., as he was known, was a powerful and well connected man in Des Moines.  He was a banker, real estate developer and a factory owner.  He was “Sargent of Arms” of the Iowa State Legislature and moved in the highest levels of Iowa politics and… Continue reading E.R. Clapp’s early days in Fort Des Moines

The Forster Block – A legal battle

If you’re reading the posts on this site, you’ll know already about “The Clapp Block”, which was built by Edwin Ruthven Clapp (1827-1907) who was my 2nd Great Grandfather.  E.R. Clapp, as he was known, built the impressive office building known as The Clapp Block in 1873. Here’s a picture of The Clapp Block Just… Continue reading The Forster Block – A legal battle

The Clapp Block in the Des Moines Daily News August 7 1901

I’ve been looking for more on Edwin Ruthven Clapp (1827 – 1906), my 3rd Great Grandfather. He built a large and famous office building in Des Moines, called “The Clapp Block”. On August 7, 1901 there was a full page on The Clapp Block in the Des Moines Daily News. the clapp block des moines… Continue reading The Clapp Block in the Des Moines Daily News August 7 1901

Some glimpses into the life of Edwin Ruthven Clapp’s family

Edwin Ruthven Clapp (1827 – 1906)  is my 2nd Great Grandfather. Today I spent some time with the E.R. Clapp family in Des Moines. Some of what follows I’ve written about before and some of it is new information to me. I’m trying to put it all together for myself and while I’m doing that,… Continue reading Some glimpses into the life of Edwin Ruthven Clapp’s family