Arkoe Centennial September 13, 1974
IN November 1909, when this photograph was taken, Arkoe's main street was the hub of activity for the community of 300 which was a thriving shipping town. ‘Today, only about 75 persons live in Arkoe and the last business burned in May. Arkoe celebrates its 100th year Sunday. (Photo Courtesy of Don Corrough) Dwindling Population Won't Daunt Arkoe Centennial Sunday In 1910, when Arkoe’s population was almost 300, more grain and livestock was shipped out of Arkoe than any other place between Creston, Iowa, and St. Joseph, But the Depression and the advent of modern transportation transportation made it impossible for Arkoe to compete with the |arger community of Maryville just eight miles J J ° atvay and soon Us population dwindled considerably, With only 125 persons in 1945. Today 'he sign sets the population at 49, but residents claim about 75 persons. Sunday the city will celebrate its centennial year, having been founded Sept. 15, 1874 by Dr. P H. Talbot and S.K. Snively who laid off the site with Judge John Brady surveying the plat. The name “Arkoe” means, according to Arkoe resident Don Corrough, a long flat plain of water. Such a plain may have been formed by the two-foot dam when a flour mill was at Bridgewater. Local historians say Dr. Talbot found the name in the book “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.” Nelson Wilson was the first to move a building to Arkoe from Bridgewater, a town one mile south of Arkoe which was deserted when Arkoe was laid off. He opened a general store and was also the first postmaster. The second building was erected in 1875 by W.G. Turner and the third by C.S. Dewey, 1876. In 1875 James Buckeridge opened the first blacksmith shop and in 1877, an office building was opened by Dr. W. M. Simms. The last existing business in Arkoe, Ed’s Garage, burned in May. Water supply was hard to get, but a community well was dug and maintained which adequately supplied water to the citizens. With the new rural water system hookups, hookups, the community is considering considering preserving the pump as a lasting monument Corrough said the centennial centennial reunion will focus on reuniting Arkoe residents. “We want people who have an interest in Arkoe,” he said Activities will begin at 11 a.m. with a church service at the Methodist Church with Charles Baumli as master of ceremonies. “Arkoe had a carnival in 19:16 and he was emcee then.” At noon, a basket dinner will be held. Participants are to bring their own food and enjoy the music, singing and Hag ceremony. An electric player piano will be featured, and old business sites will be designated for reminiscing. There will be awards given and a display of antiques, including antique cars and a team and surrey. Costumes are optional.