Kidder House Who Built it?

The Mason City Globe Gazette Mason City, IOwa 08 Nov 1933 Page 12

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Kidder House  Who Built it?
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State farm' administration's program is exuding Dr T W agricultural at Iowa the pro- WHO BUILT IT? DationaJ expanding structure is first late taxes. Pay o r e tl cred cent i reduc to iT the! they have of act expos fortU is per- of *»·*? ly be corn-hor Jp of to ac- "Who built this old grout house and when?" That is the question the editor of the Farm page has been asking a number of ol'd residents of this part of Iowa. So far, no one has been able to give a definite answer. A grout house is made by putting some mortar and small rock In a form, the desired thickness of the wall. It was a form of wall sometimes sometimes used, in early days, by the pioneers. pioneers. The editor has known this house for 57 years and it was always call- ed.the "Kidder house." He Bought Place. It ia on the Festl farm in Sec. 25 Falls township, three miles southeast southeast of Rock Falls, but Frank Fcstl who has been trying to tear out the lumber in the two floors and the partitions, says "I don't know who built it or when. It was on the farm when we bought the place." Then he went to Fred Kidder of Mason City who said "Yes, I know the place. My uncle, Dave Kidder,* lived there before my time; but : ' don't know whether he built it o not." Joe Senior, Mason City, knew th old house. It la one mile from One o his farms. "We always called it th Kidder place, but I spent my boy hood in Mason City, so I did no know it very early in life; but I have known it since about 1866. Warner Gildner said he was no sure; that it was there when ho came to Iowa in 1866. "You haff better better go see old Mrs. Broderick or Mrs. Conrad Gildner. They will be likely to know." Came 70 Years Ago. Mrs. Conrad Gildner, aged 83, said t was built before she came to that neighborhood more than 70 years ago, "but you ask my sister, Mrs Broderick. She was older than I Maybe she will remember," so off he went to see Mrs. Henry Broderick, vhose maiden name was Schnarr Mrs. Broderick, aged 85, shook her ead. No, I don't remember. I was 4 years old when we came to this eighborhood but the house was here then. will to ready vs finds " ef- n ° af- aver 55 firs? and SUB re- d and They Grow Hope. "There was a wooden addition to the east of the present house; also a stone building was built for a place to dry hops. The man who lived lived there thought there was money ta growing hops. I don't remember how long ago that was " MK Featl says that there ia an occasional occasional hop plant to be seen among the trees and brush surrounding the place at this time. Built Before the War. Then the editor called on Theron Reed, who was born near there in 1857 and asked him, "No sir," said he. "We always called it the Kidder place but I can't remember a time when It wasn't there. I was born two and one-half years before the Civil war started and I went to school in that neighborhood but that old house was always there I feel sure it wag built before the war There used to be a barn there but that is gone." Mrs. Clara C. Senior, nee Calvert now of Mason City, but a long time resident of Falls township and living living on an adjoining farm, said- I was a little girl when we came to Falls township in 1869. We came In a covered wagon and stopped all night at that house. It was not new OUTPUT LARGE IN VEGETABLES Many Shipments of Onions, Potatoes Sent From North Iowa. Large shipments of vegetables have been shipped out of the dis- *"* including Crystal Lake Hayfield, Hayfield, Garner, Forest Cit5', Fertile ianlontown, Thompson, Armstrong Maple Hill, Burt and Gait. From Crystal Lake alone, 94 carloads of onions were shipped out and about 15 cars stored. From Hayfield, 18 carloads were hipped, from Garner, 8, from Forst Forst City, 10, from Fertile and Han- ontown, 20, and about 150 carloads were shipped or stored at St Ansar. Ansar. The Pleasant Valley onion dis- rict shipped around 325 carloads Other quantities the total of which was not determined, were also sent by truck. Inspected by Government. All onions in the Crystal Lake district were federal and state inspected, inspected, passed grade U. S. one and 60 to 80 per cent were more than 2 inches or larger. In the same district, district, tlie yield on potatoes ran from 100 bushels to 450 bushels an acre on U. S. one graded. These potatoes potatoes graded size class A, meaning 60 per cent were two Inches and week from one from were Fox y Teas oday. The he of In is complete portions, reported. then. Came In 1867. corn the cash 11 11 Then the editor thought of Val BHcm who came with his parents to Plymouth in 1887 and has lived :ti Rock Falls the greater part of his life and was at one time a atone mason. But he did not know who built it nor when. "It was there when I came," said Mr. Bllem The probabilities are that it wag built by David Kidder but whoever erected it did a good .job. No doubt it was cold and damp in cold weather weather because of the solid walls but they stand there showing little wear and the joists are of native hard wood mortised into the walls v n d l l ° ^L.'i^/uPP 0 /^- The lime of good larger. Less than 5 per cent had any defects from scab, decay, mechanical mechanical bruises and from other causes. In the Crystal Lake district there were shipped about 350 carloads of potatoes, 75 cars of stores and large amounts sent out in trucks. Potatoes Potatoes which were stored were placed In large cellars in an up to date storehouse owned by A. A. Haas and son of Hayfield. The Crystal Lake district includes Crystal Lake, Hayfield, Hayfield, Garnsr and Forest City. Others Sent Direct. All vegetables shipped in carload lots which were sent in refrigerator refrigerator cars were mostly sold F. O. B. on the track to local buyers. Other carloads were shipped direct to produce produce houses on consignment to be sold. Nearly all cars were inspected before sold or consigned at Crystal Lake by a federal-state food inspector inspector who is stationed there. Government reports for Iowa are now largely based on the Pleasant Valley and St. Ansgur district and the Crystal Lake district may be added next year. 545^633 'of credit The n~*AU ing and farmer. "*' 015,870 with interest ?» h ly had as f Seen Through a Windshield By A. P. The val.T vauie to although obtained farm be made normal farm honestly property taxes and --Miles on miles of snow fence a modern necessity not needed by The taxicabs, winch taxicab by the

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