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A BRIEF HISTORY OF DES MOINES, IOWA IS FARTHER DOWN ON THIS PAGE.

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REMEMBERING 100 YEARS AGO WHEN THE FIRST THREE AMERICANS WERE KILLED DURING WORLD WAR I,
INCLUDING PRIVATES MERLE DAVID HAY OF GLIDDEN, IOWA AND THOMAS P. ENRIGHT OF PITTSBURGH, PA AND
CORPORAL JAMES B. GRESHAM OF EVANSVILLE, IN ON NOVEMBER 3, 1917.  

Only 16 days later, the City Council of Des Moines renamed 58th Street as Merle Hay Road
in honor of Pvt. Hay November 19, 1917 as Camp Dodge was becoming important to the war effort.


THE NEXT DMHS EVENT - 
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 6:30 - 7:30 - DMHS MEMBERS ONLY
DMHS members have been graciously invited to tour this beautiful 1907 house owned by the family of another DMHS member.  The home will be part of the Holly and Ivy Tour for the three days following this DMHS tour, but there is no charge for this tour to DMHS members.  338 - 29th Street, in the Owl's Head Neighborhood.  When built, this home was owned by the brother of the owner of the home next door at 330 - 29th Street; a family that owned a well-known business in town.  RSVP PLEASE using the contact box on the MAIN page.  If you are not a DMHS member, please join by November 25 to attend this event and RSVP on the MAIN page.  


OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS (details later)

Dec.  6, 2017 (Wed.) - 5:30 p.m. - Join us at the Ruan Building downtown at 666 Grand and learn about the 100 year history of Bankers Trust. *

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PROJECT 1843- Further information is on the Events page.  To make a contribution go to the 'Donate' button below.  If donations are made in multiples of $18.43 ($18.43, $36.86, $55.29, etc.) we will know the donation is for PROJECT 1843.  Please send an email if a different amount is given.  THANK YOU!


GEORGE MATTERN MONUMENT PROJECT- Further information is on the Events page. To make a contribution go to the 'Donate' button below.  If donations are made in multiples of $5.40 ($5.40, $10.80, $16.20, $21.60, $27.00, etc.) we will know the donation is for the George Mattern Monument.  Please send an email if a different amount is given.  THANK YOU!    

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Des Moines History - 

The modern history of Des Moines can be traced to 1834, when John Dougherty, an Indian Agent at Fort Leavenworth, Ks, recommended a military post be established at the point where the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers merge. Nine years later, May 1843, Captain James Allen and a company of dragoons from Fort Sanford (east of the city of Ottumwa) arrived on the site. Captain Allen proposed to name the garrison Fort Raccoon but was directed by the War Department to use the name Fort Des Moines. (and the residents of Des Moines are glad the War Department prevailed) 

The origin of the name 'Des Moines' is not completely clear, but most historians agree the name initially referred to the river. Some people feel 'Des Moines' is derived from the Indian word 'moingona,' the meaning of which is unknown; but it has been applied to natives of the area. In the French language des moines literally translates to "of the monks," so others believe the name applies to the Trappist Monks (Moines de la Trappe) who lived in huts at the mouth of the Des Moines river. Early French voyagers in the 1700's referred to the river on maps as La Riviere des Moines. Another theory is that Des Moines was corrupted from the French de moyen ("middle") because of its location between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.  The consensus seems to be that Des Moines is a variation of the Native American word Moingona, Moingonan, Moingoun, Mohingona, or Moningounas, as shown on early maps.  

http://ir.uiowa.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2317&context=annals-of-iowa  

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