Dyersville treasure back in Dyersville after 40 years
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DELAWARE COUNTY (KWWL) -
A Dyersville treasure is once again calling Dyersville home after being gone for 40 years. October 30th, the Dyersville Area Historical Society welcomed home one of Ike Tegeler's circus wagons. I.B. Tegeler, also known as Uncle Ike, spent years collecting, restoring, preserving and operating carnival rides, circus paraphernalia, farm antiques, carriages and implements in Dyersville.
Although Tegeler had no children of his own, his goal was to always bring enjoyment to the children of Dyersville and surrounding areas.
Judy Weber is a member of the Dyersville Area Historical Society
"Ike had no children of his own but he always said if something didn't bring enjoyment to children it wasn't worth having," Weber said.
Tegeler's collection was often featured in Dyersville celebrations including parades. He would often set up many of the carnival rides in Dyersville Commercial Club Park.
In 1973, Tegeler passed away. His collections were auctioned off and many of his circus wagons made their way to the Red Rock Theatre in Las Vegas, Nev.
In mid-September, a man called from near Seattle, Washington to the Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce looking for information about a wagon with the name I.B. Tegeler, Dyersville, Iowa on it. That call was then forwarded to the Dyersville Area Historical Society and determined that the wagon was one of Ike Tegeler's circus wagons.
After learning the history of the wagon from the Dyersville Area Historical Society, the owner and the historical society agreed the wagon was a significant part of Dyersville history and should be brought back to Dyersville, if possible. Through negotiation the Dyersville Area Historical Society was able to purchase that wagon.
"We just thought that we had to act fast or we would never see it again and we would never have another opportunity," Weber said.
The wagon is now back in Dyersville, staying with Ike Tegeler's great nephew, Mark Tegeler, for the winter. Members of the Dyersville Area Historical Society say future plans for the wagon are unknown at this time. But Weber says, she hopes to have it in parades and on display for the public to enjoy soon.
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