|Erma is well known
as one of Lee County's best historians. She was born
and raised at Primrose during the Depression years.
Her family were story tellers. She remembers her
beloved Grandmother and her stories of the past. After
raising her two sons and the death of her husband,
Harley, Erma needed something to keep her mind busy.
Luckily for us, she chose the history of Lee County
and Lee County genealogy. Erma researched,
compiled and submitted the following articles
German Immigration to
America/German Immigrants Settle Franklin
Although many immigrants came to America in the middle
to the late 1800's, more came from Germany than from
any other European country. Davenport was an early
headquarters for Germans. Before a railroad had been
built across Illinois, many of these immigrants came
to New Orleans and hence up the Mississippi to various
points in Iowa. Later German settlements sprang up in
many sections of Iowa.
Several stories passed on to her by people associated
with this important, not widely known part of American
history. Information was rarely documented due to the
secrecy of these operations.
Leiza - Miller Murders
One of the worst tragedies to happen in Lee County
Abandoned Towns and Villages