The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa on August 26, 1891 · Page 8
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The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa · Page 8

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, August 26, 1891
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COAL!- NEW COAL CO. NEW PRICES. We handle the famous Boom Lower Vein Lump Coal and are here to save you money. Our price to everybody $350 per ton. See circulars and testimonials. We keep Gum Elastic Roofing in stock. It is cheaper and better than shingles and is fire proof and can be put on a flat roof. Teachers' Co-Operative Coal Co., LARGEST STOCK TOVES on the FLOOR. J. A. JOHNSON WILL SELL YOU A- 1 U Will fix up the old one. If you are going away he will sell you a trunk, and you just ought to see that He will fix up the old ones as good as new, and anything in his line he will sell at BUY YOUR -AND- -OF& Reynolds, BANCROFT, IOWA. The Best Town in Northern Iowa for Business, include all of the territory from which the town drawa tiade. Batiofoft trains* acts a business entirely mil a'f all »r6p6r lion to its Size. The laae census gave the town a population of only 708 inhab> itants. The freight business of the 0. & N. W. R'y from Bancroft averaged during the past year over ten thousand dollars per month, indicating a volume of many Everything in the Hardware line. Special attention given to all kinds of repairing. Iron and tin roofing, etc. We Sell the Celebrated If you want the "News" in every senye of the word ' about Bancroft, and want a County pal jertliat is the best, get the together for the price of one County paper. Don't forget that we do Job Work, advertising, get out fine stationery, etc. etc. Call on J. A. FREGH. The Opportunities Afforded in Kossuth County for Investment—How the Country is Being 1 Developed-The Men Who are Doing- tlie Developing-. BANCROFT ANI> KOSSUTH COUNTY. A traveling man whose territory extends over the greater part of Northern Iowa remarked recently during the course of an interview by a reporter of the Algona Republican, that Bancroft was the best town for business in all his territory, and was, to all appearances enjoying move of a genuine boom just now than any other town in Northern Iowa. When the fact that all Northern Iowa and especially the Northwestern part of the state is enjoying a substantial boom the testimony of this traveling man assumes particular significance. The west has been overboomed and the reaction is now setting in with favorable results to those portions of the east whose resources have not yel been developed up to the full extent demanded by the conditions of the country. That no portion of the country is receiving more ..benefit from this reaction in the west, than Northern Iowa is evidenced by the upward tendency of real estate and the general stampede of settlers for the un broken prairies of that section. Men who have had faith in Northern Iowa real estate, and the money to make an investment have profited immensely by the rise in the value of Innd, while the population in certain localities has so largely iucreas ed that a new census would show more than twice the population of two years ago. Laud in Kossuth county has increased in value, during the past year, on an average of from two to five dollars per acre and an estimate that at least three hundred families of actual settlers have come into the county since the first of January would be within, rather than beyond the actual facts. The experience of Kossuth county has largely been the experience: of every county in Northern Iowa. To speak more especially of Kossulh county: It is entirely safe to predict that the population of the county will more than double within the next ten years. Such an outlook for Ivossuth makes the matter of an investment in'her lands an absolute safety and insures a steadily rising market. Now is the time to buy. Kossuth county has been fortunate for the past few years, along with all Northern Iowa, in the most bountiful of crops, and crops were never belter than they are this year. On the local page of this paper will be found several reports of the actual yield of small gram of this year's crop, that speak well for the iertility and productiveness of the soil. Corn pros peels were never better and notwithstanding the latitude and high elevation of this part of Iowa, it is a mi.tier of history that injury to corn from frost is of no more frequent occurrence than it is in Central Iowa. Kossuth county is fairly within the great corn belt of the continent. No stronger testimonial as to the material resources of the county, could be asked than the following from the report of the geological survey of the state made to the general assembly in 1870: The soil of Kossuth county is very fertile and in view of the fact that almost trade that cannot be boasted by cities of five times its size. Bancroft is not yet ten years old. The town site was laid out in 1881 by Ambrose A. Call, of Algona, and the Western Town Lot Company. The first building was erected in December, of 1881, by C. B. Lake, of Indianola, Iowa, who put up a store building and embarked in the general merchandise business. From that beginning, less than ten years ago, the town has grown to its present size and business importance. As the history of a town is the history of the men who make it, we append a word or two about each of the enterpris ing business men of Bancroft who have seen fit to advertise in this issue. BANCROFT'S BUSINESS FIRMS. Mrs. W. W. Wilson has conducted a general merchandise store in Bancroft for about four years and is a woman of marked business ability as is evidenced by the patronage she continues to hold. Mr. A. J. Berryman was one of the first men in Bancroft, having been in business now continuously for about nine years. He has always been a public spirited man and his business has steadily increased until he now has as good a trade as any one in town. One of the leading contractors in the county is (3eo. Holloway the propritor of the Phoenix livery barn. Mr. Holloway moved into Bancroft about six years ago from Buffalo township where he had been engaged in farming. He is now Deputy Sheriff of Kossuth County. Gallion Bros. of. this place were the first well diggers in this country to adopt the new kind of well auger where the whole machine turns on the frame of the auger. They are doing a good business and are among the most successful men in getting good wells in the County. Another of the numerous new businees firms in Bancroft is the co-operative coal company. The business of this company is managed by Mr. J. E. Paul & E. E. Gray, two young men who have grown up in the County. They handle the best article of coal at $3.50 per ton, a price unheard of before in Bancroft. P. A. Bronson is the only furniture dealer in town and although he 1ms a monopoly on the business in Bancroft, lie has the reputation of selling furniture cheaper than it can be bought in many larger towns where there are several dealers and sharp competition. Mr, Another of the later comets of the business mefi of the town is Mr. D. R. ;Crowel, the proprietor of the Ecoaotny Store, who moved to Bancroft from Oobb Wisconsin, a little over a year ago. Mr. Crowel handles a clean stock of dry goods, does business on a strictly cash basis and has built up a good trade against strong Competition, a proof that the cash basis of doing business always pays. Among the newer business institutions of Bancreft is the firm of Mallory & Hofius, who have been engaged in the grocery business for several month's past. Mr. Mallory is a native of Canada and has been engaged in the tea trade in Kos suth county for a number of years. Mr. Hoflus was raised in the county and got his first instruction in the mercantile business in Algona, where he clerked for a number of years in a grocery store. The firm are building up a fine trade and make a specialty of tea. J. A. Johnson came here when the rail-road came and occupied a building about 10 by 80 ft. as a starter and by industry and economy has increased his business untill now he has the finest harness and boot and shoe" store in the city. He is a man that loves to see his town grow,is public spirited and generous place in the United States would prove ft ' more/desirable home for Scandinavia to a fault with reference to that will help Bancroft. any The thing more men that have this enterprising spirit Bancroft can get, the better. The first brick block to go up in Bancroft is the new State Bank building just being completed. It is a fine structure and will soon be followed by others. The State Bank was .formerly the Bank of Bancrort, conducted by Mr. C. R. Morehouse, who is another of the pioneer business men of the town. Mr. Morehouse was formerly engaged in the banking business with R. M. Richmond. Besides doing a general banking business the State Bank is concerned in real estate and settlers than Ramsay township lies to the north' at, east of Bancroft and is the largest towc ship in the county, it ig populated by* that ever industrious people the Germans, While Ramsay post office is not mudh of city in the Metropolitan sense of the word the township contains some very fine farms among the larger ones being Geo. Wells' farm of two full sections. The people here are moral and religious supporting two churches,— German Reformed and Presbyterian. Each church has its own minister who preaches in the German language. The people are intelligent and believe in education, there being no less thanflfteen different schools in the county, each one well attended. A largo number of new settlers have come into Ramsay township this year there is room for more, who will be welcome. and inadqj has a large list lands for sale. of wild and improved born and raised in Kos- every acre is tillable, the magnitude of this source of wealth for its future inhabitants is in no danger of being overestimated. For building materials, brick clays may be obtained in sufficient quantity in its valleys and a moderate amount of timber in the vicinity of its streams. Even although Kossuth county occupies so elevated a position, there is uo difficulty in obtaining water of excellent quality a few feet beneath the surface at almost any point that may be chosen. Kossuth is the largest county in Iowa, having an area of six hundred and twenty nine thousand seven hundred and sixty acres. The county, is forty-one miles long from north to south and twenty-four miles wide from east to west, extending southward from the state boundary to the second tier of coun- southern line of the ties, Kossuth county is located almost upon the summit of the great water shed between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and with scarcely a single exception is the highest county in the state. There is no more healthful spot in all Iowa. The county is drained to the southward by the east fork of the Des Moines river which traverses the county in a southerly direction, and to the northward by a fork of the Minnesota river, and occupies the very summit of the watershed between the two rivers. Kossuth is almost entirely free from the lakes and marshes that characterize other counties of Northern Iowa. The surface of the county is that of a gently, undulating prairie. It will now be readily seen why Bancroft enjoys the prosperity as u town, to which the traveling man above referred to Lose testimony. In the very pentre of the best county among all of the developing counties of Northern Iowa, Bancroft is fortunate ia having a larger tributary territory than any other town in all Iowa. With Bancroft as a center,* circle with, a radius'of fifteen mji e8 Bronson was suth County. McLaughlin & Co. is a new firm from Blue Earth City, Minn. They will open a general mercluimlise store opposite the Phoenix hotel, within the next week. They have erected a commodious store room and will put in a well selected slock of goods. They seem to be geutlemen of good business qualifications and will probably succeed. T. M. Ostrander is a veterinary surgeon and his practice extends over the entire north end of Hie county. Until within the last year he resided on a farm near Bancroft but found that his practice had grown to such proportions that it was necessary for him to move to town. He has proved himself to bo a very successful veterinarian. Another of the pioneer men of Bancroft is Mr. I. J. Bruer, who is engaged in the hardware business and carries as large a stock of goods as can be found in Kossuth County. Mr. Bruer started out iu business with a small beginning and furnishes a good example of what a capable man can do in Northern Iowa by taking advantage of the business opportunities to be found here. J. B. Johnson is one of the oldest residents of Bancroft having moved in from Swea township when the town first started. Mr. Johnson is engaged in the farm implement business but gives his individual attention to a general merchandise store and has engaged Mr. Fred R. Anderson to handle his farm machinery. Mr: Anderson is an energetic youn"g man of good business qualifications. The first and only jeweler in Bancroft is Axel Sundstrom. He formerly conducted a photograph gallery in addition to his jewelry store but rented the photograph .gallery about six months ago to Mr. 0. L. Harper, of Algona, who is an experienced man and r. first class artist. Mr.Sundstrom now devoteshisentire timo to the jewelry business and has about all he can do He is a liberal advertiser. 8. W. Callanan came here from the Capital city about 6 weeks ago to act us book keeper in the Farmers au,d Traders bank but he was so favorably impressed by the enterprise aud thrift of the place that he resolved to go into business for himself. He handles the Callanan & Savery .Swamp lands Mr. Callauau of that firm being his uncle. He _is another one of the bright young man'that Bancroft has been fortunate to secure. Mr. O. T. Brigham, the new landlord of the Phu'uix House, is a thorough going hotel man, with all the necessr.ry experience. H e came to Bancroft about two months ago, from Mitchell, Dakota, aud assumed charge of the Phumix House which had suffered under numerous changes ot management in recent years. For' the first 'time ia the history of the town 'Bancroft has ao all arouua first class hotel, • Kinne and Pearson are two enterprising young men engaged in the livery business. Mr. Kinne is a native of Wisconsin and came to Kossuth County a few years ago and engaged for a time in farming a few miles out from Bancroft. Mr. Pearson come to Bancroft several years ago from Swea township and clerked for a time for Mr. J. B. Johnson. Recently forming a partnership with Mr. Kinne, the two men bought out the livery businecs of J. G. Edwards aud built a good sized addition to the barn. They already have a good business. One of the men who has built up his own business is J. G. Graham, who sells more farm machinery than anybody else in Kossuth County. Mr. Graham came to Bancroft from Canada a few years ago and commenced as a clerk in one of the stores, later on obtaining an interest in the general merchandise business, with B. F. Wickwirc. He finally started out in a smaller way in business for himself, and kept right at it until he succeeded in building up his present trade. Mr. Graham, besides his business in Bancroft, also conducts branch houses at Burl and Ledyard. R. M. Richmond has been instrumental in bringing as many, or perhaps more ac tual settlers into Kossuth county than any other man engaged in the real estate business. Mr. Richmond came to Bancroft from Dallas county in 1881 and erected one of the first buildings to go up in the town. Mr. Richmond's special business has always been real estate but he has also done a general banking and insurance business and until quite recently conducted the Commercial Hotel. Mr. Rich inond controls 50,000 acres of wild and improved lands in Kossuth county and has rare bargains for actual settlers or parties who are looking for investment. F. A. Kenyon came to Bancroft about two months ago from Pomeroy la. where he had been engaged in the land business and immediately upon his arrival he fixed up one of the neatest land offices in town. He has been doing a good business and has spent a large sum <jf money in advertizing tlie country and town. He believes in extensive advertizing and will place about 1,000 copies of this edition before the people at the state fairs of Iowa and Illinois. In addition to this he has used printers ink to a large extent in the way of handbills, posters, cards etc. That Mr. Kenyon will make a success of the land business no one will doubt bcause he devotes his whole attention to the matter. ABOUT THIS PAPER. The Bancroft NEWS was inaugurated as an additional feature of the Algona Republican, in recognition of the prosperity and growing importance'of Bancroft and Northern Kossuth. The Republican has a larger subscription list in the northern part of Kossuth than any other paper published in the county and the management of the Republican has felt under obligations to render something in return—hence the Bancroft NEWS and Burt Republican. The Republican publishes more news from outside towns than all the six other papers published in Kossuth county combined, and has a larger bona fide circulation than any other paper in the county. The circulation of the Republican is now about 1300 copies weekly and as a result of an excellent county news service, its already large circulation in the county is rapidly increasing. The growing business of the Republican has made certain expensive changes and improvements now iu contemplation, advisable, as well as necessary. After September 1st 'the Republican will discard ifs "patent insides" and become an / "all home print" paper, With but one or two exceptions there is not at present a single "all home print" country newspaper in all Northern Iowa. Send for a sample copy of the Republican. - K-t»,_« - Tl.o Old and New TVay of Scouring Wool. Our ancestors scoured their wool in tubs, much as our wives and daughters scour our clothes today. In the hand washing of wool, a tub was filled with the suds, in which one or two men with long poles stirred the wool until clean when they lifted it upon a traveling apron, which carried it between a pair of rollers which squeezed out the water. The same principle is applied in the automatic scouring now in vogue. Great forks or rakes seize the wool as: it is carried by rollers ' from a feeding apron into the iron tanks, and by alternating motions of their teeth give it a thorough scouring. Thus cleansed, th& wool is delivered by rollers to the drying machines, where hot air and great fans are now utilized to extract all the moisture without tearing the fiber.— S. N. D. North in Popular Science Monthly. THE COUNTRY AROUND BANCROFT. It would hardly be just to Northern Kossuth and this article would be incomplete, should we fail to mention the other thriving towns and communities in that section, of the county. Burt is a growing little village that has sprung up in scarce ly more than a season and is fast getting on toward the dignity of a town. What was nothing but a hay statipn a year ago is now the village of Ledyard with all the enterprises of a growing young town. To the northwest of Bancroft is a settlement of one of the most industrious classes of people that come to us from the old country, namely: the Swedes. This settlement was planted by Capt. R. E. Jeanson, who owned large tracts of land in those parts, and became agent for more. Swea township is a beautiful rolling prairie laud dotted with numerous picturesque lakelets aud ia noted for its fine farms, industrious people and, in fact, everything that goes to make a country desirable. That the people believe iu education and religion, is testified by their dozen of school JiOttgeg ap4 by tbeir'iwo A Ixnu-iicd Jewess. Eve Cohen Bacharach was born ia Prague in the latter part of the Sixteenth century. The mother, who was a "woman. of great knowledge," carefully educated the daughter, and together they took great delight in studying rabbinical literature. The most abstruse works. written by the learned men among her people were thoroughly appreciated by- the youthful pupil. Later in life her explanations of the "festival and penitential prayers" were listened to with rare pleasure. She was, it is recorded, in "Aramaic translations aud paraphrases on the Bible quite at home." "No less marked waa her proficiency in Hebrew, which she read and wrote with ease and elegance." Will Eat In Hoavcu. We cannot discuss the subject of heaven with editors who show by their statements that they have never studied the question of the resurrection. Our bodies will be material after the resurrection. Thia is an article of faith. Heaven is a material place. The object of the resurrection is to re ward the body for its partnership in the good done by the soul in the flesh. It shall have bodily enjoyments after tho resurrection. Will eating and drinking be one of them? We think so. Why not!— Western Watchman. A Candid Confession. He—Life with me has been a failure. She—You must have had and wasted some opportunity. He—No, I have spent half iny life raising whiskers, to conceal my youth, and the other half dyeing them to conceal lay age.—Munsey's Weekly. When Bloses Day Walked. Moses Day, of Boston, began life as a poor boy. When a young man he walked from Boston to Baltimore iu search of work. Finding none he walked back again. He finally obtained employment in a ropewalk, which by diligence and inventive ability he transformed into one of the largest cordage factories in the country.;—New York World. Au American Theory. "I hate to tell Smothers a joke; he always wants it explained—is it because he's Scotch?" "No; it's because you are English."— Life. Very Likely. Father—A list of your debts would make very interesting reading. Son—Possibly. Bat a little heavy, 1 fancy.—Muusey's Weekly. Conglipatipu, blood-poison, J'ever! Doctor's bills and f uaar^l expenses cost about two Uttte

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