President McKinley Declines Invitation

B.F. Cooper Invites President McKinley to Muchakinock

On December 28, 1900, a little over a month after first 100 employees of the Consolidation Coal Company moved from Muchakinock to Buxton, plans were underway for the Twentieth Century Club banquet. Part of those plans were to invite well known people, such as Buxton Superintendent Ben Buxton, Iowa Governor Leslie Shaw, and President McKinley. […]

Sterling Lord Day Article in The Hawk Eye

Sterling Lord Day Makes Front Page of “The Hawk Eye”

The “Publishing Iowa’s Local History Panel” Q&A session led to “spirited” discussion when the question arose regarding the level of truth in nonfiction at the 3rd annual Sterling Lord Writers and Readers Festival hosted by the Burlington Public Library. The event honored famed literary agent Sterling Lord by showcasing area authors and offering workshops for […]

Highlights From 2017

Buxton Family Crest Presented to Rachelle Chase After giving a presentation about Ben Buxton and Buxton, Iowa at the Buxton Family Reunion, I was presented with a framed image of the Buxton Family Crest, hand-illustrated by Barbara Buxton Boisse. Sally Buxton Jones (left) and Barbara Buxton Boisse (right) are cousins of Ben Buxton, the superintendent […]