AND HIS ST. BERNARD DOGS
Father Dobberstein shown here with his St. Bernard dogs, worked for 43 years building the Grotto of the Redemption at West Bend, Iowa. It is built of precious stones, ores, various minerals, fossils, petrifications, shells and corals.
Iowa-born William S. Beardsley was governor of that state beginning in 1949, was reelected in 1950 and 1952, but choose not to run for reelection in 1954. In November of that year Beardsley was killed in an automobile accident north of Des Moines as he returned from visiting his son at Iowa State University.
This well-worn divided back card was mailed from Des Moines in 1910. The message on the back reads, “Dear Ferne – Have enjoyed your cards & letters immensely since I came home – write some more. “Ha Ha” Give me your home address if you ever write. bye bye – Dora” and written in elsewhere on the card, “Come lets go in swimming. We have a dandy place here.”
There were two schools of thought regarding the presentation of architectural subjects on postcards, particularly in the early years of the 20th century. One style included automobiles, and perhaps people, the other preferring to display the building as if in a sterile environment, with no cars or people. Even trees and neighboring buildings would be absent. This one is of the first variety, and includes several cars from the 1920s alongside the structure. I can’t confirm this, but I’ve heard it said that Cedar Rapids’ Hotel Roosevelt is today used as apartments for the elderly. The postcard was made by Curt Teich Co., and appears to be postmarked in 1924.