1916 newspapers revealed in housing repair

Larry Atcher of Habitat for Humanity points to a 1916 newspaper which was found underneath siding of a Marshalltown residence being repaired in the 600 block of East State Street Tuesday. Habitat volunteers speculated the newspaper, among others found, was being used as insulation. Despite their age, the newspapers from the Des Moines Register and Chicago Tribune were intact and readable. A large crew of Habitat for Humanity volunteers and two city of Marshalltown employee volunteers were working on the structure to install siding and windows. It had been extensively damaged by the July 2018 tornado.