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
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
From the Abandoned Towns and Villages Index Page