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Good Tuesday morning to you!
 

If I asked you what time it was, where would you look for the answer? A wall clock? A wrist watch? A computer screen? Your phone? It is difficult to imagine a time when personal clocks didn’t exist, when people would rely on the public clocks in their towns or villages, and a farmer or rancher only needed the sun as a guide.

So how exactly did the wrist watch become so popular? Well, it started with pocket watches, which became a useful tool for many in the 1600s. These portable clocks were fragile and subject to damage from the elements, so they were often hidden away for protection — in “pockets.”

In the 1700s, some people decided that they wanted to carry time with them in something different than a pocket watch. These “arm watches” were large and cumbersome versions of clocks that were worn on the body. Some time passed before wrist watches, as we know them today, gained popularity. The story is that wrist watches were first worn by military men. A pocket watch didn’t fit the needs of servicemen when in the heat of battle or while mounted on a horse, so soldiers began to strap watches to their wrists. These “service watches” were designed with luminous dials and unbreakable glass. By the end of the World War I, almost all enlisted men wore a wrist watch. The post-war era then opened up a mass market for these types of watches. The pocket watch popularity had faded, and wrist watches were now a must-have device for the masses.

That trend continued for decades, until consumers in recent years decided that they needed to start carrying another device — the personal cell phone. With built-in clocks, many who used cell phones didn’t see the need to wear a watch. As such, watch sales began to plummet. Then along came smart watches, and the popularity of wearing “time” returned. Who knows? Maybe pocket watches will gain popularity again, too.

Meanwhile, even with an abundance of clocks on walls, wrists, computers and phones, we still can’t seem to be on time, which leads me to quote the 1969 Chicago song, “Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?”

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

 

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Chances for scattered showers and storms will be with us until midday today. Highs in the low 80’s stick around for the remainder of the 7-day forecast. Our next chance of rain will come Friday into Saturday morning as we head toward the holiday weekend.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

 
Things To Do
 

Tuesday, Aug. 31
⇛Mary Barton’s Quilt & Textile Legacy
At: 68 E. Court Ave., Winterset
Info: The Iowa Quilt Museum is located on the South side of the town square.
Mary Barton’s desire to collect, understand and share resulted in one of the most comprehensive collections of quilts, costumes, and fashion plates ever assembled and donated to public institutions. Mary was one of the first to collect both clothing and women’s magazines as a means to provide a reliable way of documenting and dating quilts by the fabrics they contained. Her meticulous notes and countless scrapbooks have made important comparative studies possible. Just a short scenic drive from Des Moines via I-80 or I-35, Winterset picturesque and historic. www.iowaquiltmuseum.org

 
Featured Home For Sale
 
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Traffic 
 

Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

3900 blk E 29th
3100 blk E Douglas
1600 blk E University

Traffic lanes on E Court Avenue from E 1st Street to E 3rd Street will be reduced beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 30, 2021, through 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 11, 2021. Local traffic will be maintained.

Ashworth Road will close between Sunflower Drive and Ute Avenue beginning Monday, Aug. 30. The closure will allow for construction on the Ute Avenue and Ashworth Road Intersection Improvements Project. This portion of Ashworth Road is expected to be closed through the fall construction season.

 
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Des Moines police launch investigation after body found near bike trail

DES MOINES, Iowa — An investigation was underway in Des Moines on Monday after a body was found in a wooded area near a bike trail. The Des Moines Police Department confirmed to KCCI that the body was located in the 1900 block of Hartford Avenue near Southeast 22nd Street.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: 1 dead, 2 injured after Des Moines shooting Monday night

DES MOINES, Iowa — One person is dead and two others are hospitalized after a shooting in Des Moines Monday night, police said. Three people were shot in the 1400 block of E. 17th Street around 8:15 p.m., according to the Des Moines Police Department.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Rivera sentenced to life in prison for murder of Mollie Tibbetts

MONTEZUMA, Iowa — More than three years after Mollie Tibbetts' death and three-plus months after Cristhian Bahena Rivera was convicted of murdering the 20-year-old University of Iowa student, he was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole...... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

 
The Score
 
MLB: Twins 3 Tigers 2, Cardinals 3 Reds 1 ...READ MORE
 
 
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021
 

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Pool and Spa Store
1. Central Iowa Pool & Spa
2. Valley Pool & Hot Tubs
3. WCI Pools & Spas

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Personalities
 

Meet Kelsey Grulke: Enjoys “family” feel of St. Luke’s

By Ashley Rullestad

Kelsey Grulke begins her fourth year teaching third grade at St. Luke the Evangelist School this fall. She started her teaching career at St. Luke’s in 2018. As a third grade teacher, she teaches her class reading, writing, math, science, social studies and religion.

“I love teaching elementary students because of their love of learning. My students are eager to learn at school. Their enthusiasm makes teaching fun and exciting each and every day. I love sharing my passion for reading and books with my students. One of the best parts about my day is getting to talk with students about books that they are reading. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my students fall in love with a book, author or series.”
 Grulke was attracted to St. Luke's after her own experience at a private Catholic elementary school.

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Snapshots
Neighborhood Watch: Celeste Tilton's dog is keeping his eye on the neighborhood and has spied a puppy he would like to go play with. 
 
Share your favorite snapshots! Email to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com to be included in an upcoming Daily Umbrella!
 
 
Digital Editions
 
Johnston Living weekly newsletters are published each week in print and online. Printed versions can be found at dozens of community locations, and the digital edition can be subscribed to via email. Keep up with the latest Johnston news. Learn more at www.iowalivingweekly.com. View a sample digital edition from this week here.
 
 
Featured Events
Birthdays and Notables!
 

Happy BirthdayBlair Overton and Lu Ann White!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Richard Gere, Chris Tucker, Van Morrison, Jeff Hardy,Larry Fitzgerald Jr.,  Joe Budden, Maria Montessori, James Coburn, Mickie James, Tom Coughlin

SUBMIT: Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

 
Poll of the Week

Would you wear a seat belt in your vehicle if the law didn’t require it?

Yes
No

 

Results of last week's poll:

How many postage stamps do you use per month?
1-5 - 60%
6-10 - 18%
11-15 - 9%
16 or more - 4%
None of the above - 9%

 
Morning Chuckle
 
YESTERDAY'S RIDDLE:
How does the moon cut its hair?
HE CLIPS IT! (ECLIPSE IT) David Whims and Aaron Burns got it!
 
TODAY'S RIDDLE
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH A SAD ASTRONAUT? asks Ian Brandt
 

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

 

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