Muscatine County has a rich and diverse history. Established in 1839, Muscatine began as a town called Bloomingtown with a population of 71. Our town grew in values, industry, and community as time progressed.
Claude Maxwell "Max" Stanley (1904-1984)
Max was a global citizen living in a rural setting. His lasting legacy has shaped the Stanley Center for Peace and Security's work and is a testament to the importance of all opinions.
Ora Pearl McGill (1894-1924)
Ora Pearl McGill came to Muscatine when she was fifteen to work in a button factory, later traveling the country to speak on behalf of factory workers, meeting Helen Keller, and becoming the principal of an Iowa school, before being murdered in 1924.
Willetta Strahan (1883-1974)
Willetta Strahan, who came to Muscatine in 1929 to become the first dean of the new junior college, had a passion for learning. In 1963 when the college finally got its own building, it was named for her.
Aldeen Davis (1916-2000)
Aldeen Davis was an advocate, artist, writer, mentor, freedom-fighter, and friend. Muscatine Mayor Dick O’Brien declared January 14, 2001 Aldeen Davis Day to celebrate one of the city’s leading African American citizens.
History will be kind to me, as I intend to write it.