The Ottumwa Courier

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January 23, 2013

Author aims to preserve history of Eddyville, Buxton

EDDYVILLE — Area history is important to her.

Lee Ann Simmers Dickey, of Eddyville, recently had published a book about the early history of her town simply called, “Eddyville.”

She said the book focuses on elements of Eddyville’s history that hadn’t been done before in other published histories of the town.

Dickey’s book on Eddyville also includes a lot of information on the Native American population from the area, as well. She said that not a lot has been said about these people. The native population in the area included the Sauk and Fox tribes, which sold their land in Iowa to the United States government before moving to Kansas, according to a description of Dickey’s book on amazon.com.

Eddyville businesses and the way the town evolved is also in Dickey’s book, she said.

Dickey said she has a lot of relatives in Eddyville. This helped her in obtaining a lot of the historic photos included in “Eddyville.”

“Between my dad and everybody else — finding pictures wasn’t a big issue,” Dickey explained. “It was just going around to people I knew and asking.”

Dickey said it is important to preserve the early history of Eddyville. She also pointed to the importance of preserving pioneer cemeteries in the area.

“I very much think the history — the genealogy — it all needs to be preserved like the cemeteries,” said Dickey.

Dickey is also a genealogist. This came into play with two other books she’s authored, both of which are centered around the integrated mining community of Buxton.

While helping preserve a pioneer cemetery, Dickey said she began digging into death records to find burials and it evolved from there, said Dickey.

The first book Dickey did on Buxton titled, “Buxton Roots,” also includes LeAnn Lemberger and Michael Lemberger as authors. This book includes extensive historic records on the mining community.

The second book on Buxton Dickey authored is titled, “Buxton Branches: Birth Records.” This book focuses on birth records and pictures associated with Buxton.

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