Clipped From Kossuth County Advance
POSTER MAP OF REAL ESTATE FIRM DISCUSSED By Esther Charlotte Smith SWEA CITY — Kossuth county residents, especially those who enjoy looking at old maps, would be fascinated with a souvenir brought home by Raymond D. Smith, local hatcheryman who recently returned from an 8800- mile .motor trip to the west coast. His memento, over 65 years old, is a poster map of Kossuth county put out by Dingley and Moffatt, an Algona real estate firm of the 1890s. A notation on the margin by Mr. Smith's sister, the late Mrs. Nellie Falk of Salem, Ore., indicates that it was used by her. husband, the late Conrad Falk, then pf Buffalo township, this county, in selecting the 200-acre farm he purchased in 1892. This farm, is now owned by his sister-in-law, Mrs. Neal A.' Smith of Algona, and is in northwest Wesley tvvp., two miles southeast of the Doan church. Marginal notations on the map indicate , that farms in that area were selling for from $9 to $14 per acre in 1892. , Unfenced Prairie. Dingley and Moffatt's poster advertised 'Real estate and wild lands.' Today, 65 years later, it is believed there is not a -foot of wild land in the county, but in those days the north half of the county was still largely unfence.d prairie, where roamed herds of cattle brought from more settled areas. Few wagon roads crossed the county, and those that did often took long, round-about courses, probably because of the numerous sloughs.