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