The Villisca Axe Murders

I really don’t want to even know what the high temperature was today because I understand it is to get even hotter tomorrow.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to stay in a cool dry corner today or push forward as though today was just another beautiful day in North Iowa.  I’m sure everyone’s air conditioners are running on overload in trying to keep their living and work environments tolerable.  Each time it gets so hot outside I’m always impressed how my office stays relatively cool.  The thick stone walls on both of the long sides must act as a heat barrier.  And of course having worked in an old corner building, I’ll never want to work in one again.  I’m perfectly comfortable being in the middle of the block.  Row houses and row buildings tend to assist each other in keeping out the cold of winter and heat of summer.  I like middle buildings as long as they have light coming in from their fronts and backs which keeps them from feeling as though one is entering a cave.  I hope everyone takes it slow and easy tomorrow when outside and make sure to drink plenty of water.  Remember our bodies work harder in these times to keep our body temperatures where they belong.

I had to run up to Northwood this afternoon to deliver an abstract to the Worth County Abstract Company.  It was a pleasant trip in spite of the road work being done north of our City.  I couldn’t help but notice two very impressive buildings while there.  The first one of course is the old movie theatre which I absolutely must take in when my work slows, and the other is the brewery.  Oh my goodness!  It was yet another time I didn’t have my camera with me. The brewery building is absolutely beautiful from the outside. It was too bad they didn’t open until later or I would have taken a quick tour.  The next time I have to run up to Northwood, I’ll be sure to take my camera and share some photos with you.  While driving back I was noticing so many rock trucks from Minnesota on their way to the gravel pit just south of Northwood.  I can’t imagine how many tons of rock those trucks must haul in one day.  Someone told me some time ago that it’s cheaper for companies in Minnesota to drive to Iowa to get rock than to buy it there.  There must be some sort of moratorium on open pit mining in that State.  I was beginning to wonder if they’re even able to mine it fast enough to keep up with the demand.  There’s going to be one huge crater up there once they’re finished taking the rock out.  In years to come, Worth County may have another man made lake for swimming and fishing.

Have you ever found yourself questioning something and while looking for the answer you discover something all the more unexpected?  Well, several days ago I was reading an obituary of a deceased person and in talking about that person’s life, the town of Villisca continued to be mentioned.  I thought, “Villisca? Where on earth is that city or town?”  I looked it up and found that it is a small town not far from Red Oak which is in the southwest section of our State.  Oh Mercy!  When reading about the town, the main notoriety of it is being where the unsolved Villisca axe murders took place in the early 1900’s.  During one summer night, six children and two adults were murdered.  Now, the house is haunted.  I’ve attached just one of the Youtube clips.  CREEPY!

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