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uylef, an outpost against the Sioux tribe. Mr. Harlan Blftnchafd's account of Lone Rock's history mentions the rock as a landmark for teamsters and soldiers going to Fort Defiance at Estherville, which was commanded by Capt. Wm. Ingham, father of the late author and publisher Harvey Ingham. Defiance and Schuyler were both built in 1862 following the New Ulm massacre, and B.F Reed, author of the 1913 'History of Kossuth County', wrote of driving teams with wagon- loads of supplies for the soldiers at the Iowa Lake fort. (Its site was just inside Emmet county, south of the store at Iowa Lake). He mentions the rock as a 'nooning' place where the teams were fed and the teamsters ate their 'sack lunch' dinner. Mr. Blanchard's story also mentions the rock's having been a landmark for travelers going from Algona to Armstrong Grove. One area newspaper erroneously called the latter place 'Armstrong*. Armstrong Grove was a fine grove of natural timber near the east fork of the Des Moines river and not far west of the west line of Kossuth county. It was first claimed by a Mr. Armstrong in 1856 but he abandoned his claim and the area was taken up by 1865 arrivals, many of whose descendants still live in this part of Iowa. When the Rock Island railroad was put thru in 1892, a new town was platted some three or four miles northwest of Armstrong Grove and took the name 'Armstrong'. The old settlement soon declined. My father, the late Walter G. Smith of Swea City, moved from Algona with his parents to Seneca in the spring of 1899. He often told of noting the staked- out right-of-way from Burt northwest, for the soon-to-be- built Burt-Fox Lake branch of the Chicago Northwestern railroad. This railroad spelled the death of the old village of Lone Rock, whose site he recalled and whose buildings consisted mainly of a creamery, a house or two, and a store- postoffice, all on the west side of the road leading south into the present village, he said. Whenever we were in that area, we frequently stopped to try to see the big rock from the road. Often this was not possible, as the corn was too tall. Father said the rock had settled into the ground a good deal during the 60 years that had elapsed since he first saw it. He also said that it had been struck by lightning any number of times, particularly during the years when few farm places or trees were to be found near by. The rock, isolated in the midst of level land with few or no higher objects close by, was the highest thing in the immediate area and therefore became the target for the lightning. I hope to see many more of your stories in the UDM. The paper has been coming to our home since, my parents were married 68 years ago. Mother and I handled the Swea City correspondence for it from 1937 until her death twenty years later. I have never let the subscription lapse, and I never expect to attempt to get along without it. Cordially yours, (Miss) Esther Charlotte Smith Box 43 Thurs., Jan. 25, 1973 Algona Charles City, la. 50616 P.S. The young man in the old picture, standing at left on the rock, and identified as Ervin Tibbetts, is the late Charles Irving Tibbetts, Sr., father- in-law of Mrs. Phyllis Tibbetts of Algona. MINOR CRASH Algona police investigated an . %u. V... + i. Funeral "Completely at * LuVERNE * * CORWITH fircstone the Strength • Durabi I ity • Long m i

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

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