Q. With all of the debate about the legality of the automated red light and speed cameras, what is the status of the automated cameras in Davenport?
— Jim, Davenport
A. The automated cameras are still operational in Davenport. Capt. Paul M. Sikorski, patrol division commander for the Davenport Police Department, explains:
"All automated enforcement cameras (speed and red light) (stationary and mobile) within Davenport are up and operational. The police department works closely with the City of Davenport’s legal department in reference to this topic. Specific legal questions regarding this topic should be directed toward the City of Davenport’s legal department."
The legal department number for the City of Davenport is 563-326-7735 if you have a specific legal question.
Q. Where can I find records regarding the orphans home at the Annie Wittenmyer Center Home?
— Dennis, Durant, Iowa
A. The Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center at the Davenport Public Library has copies of Census records from 1870, 1880, 1895, 1900 and 1910. They also have some newspaper articles regarding the orphans home. They have a list of orphans who entered the home up to Jan. 1, 1867. They also have a list of orphans buried at Oakdale Cemetery, Davenport. And they have access to Census information from 1920, 1925, 1930 and 1940.
Obtaining adoption records can be a complicated process. If you have further questions about obtaining adoption records for the Annie Wittenmyer Home, you also can contact:
Tracey Parker, 1305 E. Walnut, Hoover State Office Building, Adoption Unit, Division of Child & Family Services, Des Moines, IA 50319-0014. Or you can call 515-281-8799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Q. Can I still redeem my S&H Green Stamps and King Korn stamps?
— Bettendorf reader
A. Believe it or not, you can still redeem S&H Green Stamps. Like everyone else, they have gone high-tech. The website is greenpoints.com. Have no fear if you are not into computers. You can still contact them by phone at 561-454-7605 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday.
According to an article from Chicago Daily News reprinted in the Lakeland Ledger July 16, 1975, the King Korn Stamp Co. of Chicago, Ill., went bankrupt. Collectors still value the stamps, however. You may want to contact a local collectibles store to have them appraised.
Doug Smith at DougsQCCollectibles.com may be another person to contact regarding King Korn stamps.