Cover ImageSummer/Fall 2002 (Vol. 83, No. 2 & 3)
Special Double Issue!

Table of Contents


Iowa in 1855 (map)

"A reckless life of three years in Iowa": The diary of a young attorney,
John Duncombe, 1856 - 1859

Prologue and transcription by Roger B. Natte

Commentary by Bill Silag:
"We have Beaten Homer"—County Seat Wars
Claim Clubs: Protecting Settlers or Speculators?
Bleeding Kansas
Black Republicans
Henn, Williams & Co.
Judge Cave J. McFarland
The Spirit Lake Relief Expedition
George Wallace Jones
The Dubuque & Pacific Railroad
Glory Enough for One Day!
"How Much Happier I Should Be!"

John Duncombe, After the Diary
Epilogue by Roger B. Natte


Front Porch: There is a rhythm to reading a diary, weaving through the weeks and months.

One in a Million: Original records of the Fort Dodge Claim Club.