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Jo Stidger Stong Papers

Identifier: MsC0309

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Jo S. Stong relate to his work on the Iowa Highway Commission, with correspondence, expense vouchers, maps, etc. There are also folders relating to various dam projects and the related flood control issues along the Des Moines River between 1958 and 1969. Finally there are genealogical materials about the Stong family.


  • Creation: 1958-1967


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Jo Stidger Stong (1903 -- 1974) was born in Pittsburg, Iowa. He was the younger brother of Iowa author, Phil Stong of State Fair fame. Jo Stong graduated from high school in Keosauqua and went on to attend Drake University where he earned his law degree. Returning to Keosauqua, Stong joined a law practice. He later became the senior partner in the firm of Stong and Dorothy.

Jo Stong was mayor of Keosauqua for many years. He was instrumental in the building of the Van Buren County Memorial Hospital in 1951. He helped form and was president of the Van Buren County Development Association. His activities were not limited to just Keosauqua or even Van Buren County. Stong was a member of the Iowa Highway Commission from 1957 to 1963. He was also active in the Boy Scouts of America and served as a member of the national executive board.


368.00 items

0.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Keosauqua, Iowa, lawyer and Iowa Highway Commissioner. Correspondence, maps, expense vouchers, etc. relating to the Iowa Highway Commission along with material concerning various dam projects along the Des Moines River.

Method of Acquisition

The Jo Stong papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by his widow in 1974.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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