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 - LETTERS TO EDITOR Reader Recalls History Of...
LETTERS TO EDITOR Reader Recalls History Of Lone Rock Area Dear Mr. Waller: Among the many feature stories with your by-line which I have enjoyed is the recent one about the moving of the 'Lone Rock'. As a former resident of Kossuth county, whose grandparents were among the pioneers, I heard rather frequent mention of the big rock. My late grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles 0. Fish and their two-year-old daughter, settled on Section 8, Seneca township, in 1868. Grandmother often told of the slow, tiresome trip from Iowa Falls by ox team, and how civilization seemed to drop behind them with every mile. Leaving Algona, which was then a frontier village without a railroad, they followed a trail thru the prairie grass, fording the streams and circling the sloughs. The last house seen was the Frink place on Black Cat creek in Union township. Mile after mile was .tra- versed with no sign of human habitation. At last, a low, brown shape was seen rising above the grass. Grandmother was overjoyed, thinking it a settler's home where she might alight, rest, and find a welcome. But Grandfather had to tell her that this was only a huge boulder and that the end of the trail, and a few welcoming neighbors, were still eleven miles away.. The boulder, of course, was the 'Lone Rock'. Harvey Ingham's group of privately printed booklets on Kossuth county's history includes one which shows an 1863 map of the county. This map traces the old military road's path across Kossuth, including its route past the 'lone rock', up thru the eastern parts of Seneca and Swea townships, north-westerly across Eagle township, and finally out of the county near Iowa Lake, which was then the site of Fort Sch-

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  1. The Algona Upper Des Moines,
  2. 25 Jan 1973, Thu,
  3. Page 17

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