Davenport Germans Maintained Tradition

Many Germans who settled in the Davenport area attempted to maintain a close-knit German community with their own newspaper and social club.


The Germans in the Davenport area stuck close together. They continued to speak their own language and published a local German newspaper, “ Der Demokrat.” A German social organization, called Turnverein, was established. Similar to the Czech’s Sokol, the Turner Society was also both an athletic and social gathering place.

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