Jo Stidger Stong Papers
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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
- Stong, Jo Stidger (Person)
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This collection is open for research.
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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.
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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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