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When the Iowa Press Association met in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, June 18, 1879, several editors presented talks to the membership. J.G. Shannon, of the Elkader Journal, captivated the audience with his talk titled “Professional Obligations;” Matt Parrott from the Waterloo Reporter shared his thoughts in a speech titled “Legal Advertising;” and D.M. Baker of the Chariton Leader spoke about “Independence in Journalism.” As engaging as those topics were for the newspaper organization’s members, they were undoubtedly distracted by thoughts of their upcoming adventure which began the next day. Iowa History, a weekly column, appears at IowaWatch on Saturdays. Cheryl Mullenbach is the author of non-fiction books for young people. Her work has been recognized by International Literacy Association, American Library Association, National Council for Social Studies, and FDR Presidential Library and Museum.