Cover ImageWinter 2005 (Vol. 86, No. 4)

Table of Contents


Walter Enoch Heston: Lucas County Farm Boy and World-Renowned Cancer Researcher
An Iowa scientist devotes 37 years to tackling cancer.
by Mark Smith

Pardon Me, Governor: Ernest Rathbun, William Harding, and the Politics of Justice
“The real question which all Iowa wants solved,” the Register
harangued, “is left untouched.”
by Tom Morain

An Iowa Christmas Sampler
How Uzz Tharp, Heck Sanders, and other Iowans celebrated the holiday in the late 19th century.

The Culture of Christmas
Glowing candles, sparkling trees, and the Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving—ah! Christmas in the United States. by Ginalie Swaim

Yearly Index


Front Porch: Letters from readers and thoughts on tradition.

One in a Million: What was the price of a man’s wool suit in 1916? And how did clothiers woo their customers?