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I The Upper Des Moines -- Holiday Extra. .. * I J PAGES 9 to la ESTABLISHED isee. ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1891. VOL. XXVI-NO. 38, IAELY BAYS IK KOSSUTE Srief fflstofry Concerning the Northern Portion of the County and the Men Who Settled It be Old County of Crocker—How and by Whom It Was Organized—The County Officers. When Thorn Connell, in September •of 1865, took a claim on section 24 in township 98, 29, and located his little cabin on the sightly mound overlooking the bare and wide-spreading prairies, he little dreamed that he had •chosen the site of a coming metropolis, and that the bare wastes about him would in less than a generation be the chosen farm lands of a rapidly-coming population. And yet Connell's grove now shades some of the residences of Bancroft, and his building spot is the sightly elevation around which the town lies. Connell was not in strict terms a pioneer, however. Probably the/first party to get acquained with Bajacroft, 'or rather with- the classic «raefi^Which runs east of it, was a company of hunters, among whom'were A. Seeley and W. H. Ingham. One ing in October of 1857 they came this apparently dry run after a long tiresome chase ' after elk, and thought they could' drive across. When at last they got out they were xjovered with mud—the wagon, the horses, everything was mud, and ." Mud" has the creek been since. Several parties had been north' across the prairies, and in June,' 1861, Ambrose •A. Call published in the Pioneer Press an account of a trip to Tuttle's lake which gives so good an idea of what lay north of Black Cat creek that we clip'at 'length. • He says civilization was lef.tjbehind, and dinner was taken on a High mound west of where Burt «pw stands: ..;,/;'.'7\<j;.;,;• •• nVFrom this,•eminence Buffalo Grove "nd CounciL v ;Moufad ' [in Winnebago ftounty] were plainly'visible to the nak- I d eye, and could be seen with the doc- i \vtia n years kept the wayfarer, ruler of all he surveyed. If the traveler went to the Chain Lakes he followed the river, or leaving Algona went west to the " Military Road" and thence north to Armstrong Grove. Under no circumstances did he chance getting lost in the prairies between these ways. The early settlement aside from Collar and Cbnnel Was along the river. During the same year in which they came Dr. Garfield located on the river directly west of Bancroft, A. P. Buker, John Hawkes, James Dundas, Geo. O. Austin, Samuel Sands, John Carroll and Capt. Wadsworth secured their claims. And so began the settlement of northern Kossuth, u settlement which HER STANDING SOCIALLY, Bancroft, with Her Population of 900, Possesses Much in the Way of Attractiveness. A Fine Public Library, Strong Civic Organizations, First-class Schools, • Good Churches, etc. perienced its share of hardships, had its share of pioneer excitements, and laid the beginnings of a remarkable development. Council's daughter, Mrs. O. E. Minkler, lives in Algona, spent her first winter on the site of Bancroft, and herself had the claim southeast of the town. Her keenest recollection is of the snow which swept over the Bancroft mound that first winter, and all but buried their pioneer cabin. EARLY ORGANIZATION. \ \ / ir's [Lathrop] spy glass. During the Itern.bori we passed an enormous boul- 5i- [Burt's lone rock] which was as |gh as the top of a man's head .on ^Miorseback arid measured between ' 60 ^nd 60 feefc in circumference at its base. ,'I/he rock can be seen for a distance of ieven or eight miles, and when first discovered was mistaken by our party forXa.house. In the absence of any oth- ^•tn^me, by vote of our party it was hrlstened Blackford rock, in honor of . \. Blaekford, who climbed to the top M rehearsed Patrick Henry's speech jri the American revolution—we may r be mistaken in his remarks; we judged i^mly by his tremendous gestures and • 'wonderful contortions as seen at the /distance of half a mile." ,; Describing the country passed, Mr. .' Call continues: [- "The country through which we travelled was remarkably destitute of .animal life; the birds seemed to be the sole occupants; curlews and snipes we i found in abundance. The former evi- ; dently looked upon us as intruders and ! .thought they could frighten us by loud talk and threats, but Dr. Lathrop and Hackman soon brought them to see the error of their ways. Occasionally a sand-hill or white crane would be seen viewing us at a safe distance, but they made it a point never to come within range of our rifles." Of Tuttle's lake he says: "The lake • took its name from Mr. Tuttle, an en- .terprising pioneer, who claimed all the timber in sight of its shores. The Indian name of the lake was Okamampe- dah." * Leaving Tuttle's lake the party went to west Chain lakes, where there they f&\md a "small settlement and some of the finest localities it has been our J pleasure to see for many a day. We enjoyed ourselves hugely here for a 'few hours under the direction of Mr. 'ohn Friend, to whom we are all great- indebted for the good things wo had J-ing our stay. Wo also got ac- Liainted with Mr, Hudson here, who ;ns a^Be/farm on the southeast side "ie timber, and who seems to be 'ectly satisfied, as he well may be, ith his location. The people of this settlement have mail once a week from ! Winnebago, which is supported by pri- ',< vate enterprise." Planning to return, '- Mr. Call says " the distance from the settlement on Chain Lakes to Algona is about 88 miles. • A road could be laid almost direct, as there are but few sloughs on the route." And when they neared home, he records, "we hove in sight of the Algona timber on Friday evening, when we all joined in the chorus, ain't I glad I'se out of the wilderness." , Mr. Call's report of the trip is much longer, containing an account of the lakes and many amusing incidents that befel the party, but the above extracts show what northern Kossuth was like in 1861, Between Algona and Blue Earth City it was truly the " Big Prairie," where many a man got lost as easily as in the heaviest of the timber, and where no man ventured without an experienced guide. But Connell, if not the first to visit the north country, was the first to locate away from the river in it. He came from Charles City and lived there for several years and then went to Oregon, his nearest neighbors the Gibbons on the river, and and his lonely cabin still the only mark on the wide waste that The Story of Crocker County — Dancroft Located. In the original layout of the counties of the north the upper end of Kossuth was designated as Bancroft county. But in 1855 tho legislature made some boundary changes, and among them put Bancroft county in with Kossuth, besides dividing Humboldt between Kossuth and Webster. The tier of townships coming to Kossuth was known as Humboldt township. Humboldt got re-, created in 1858, but Bancroft could not get back because in the meantime a law had been passed forbidding the creation of a new county with less than a given territory, which Bancroft did not have. This law was what killed Crocker county. Soon after the settlement along the river, the movement for a new county begun, Dr. Garfield being an active promoter. All the necessary steps were taken, tho new county organized, county officers elected, and a full set of county books were bought of Smart & Parrott, costing some $600. The officers elected were: Win. Gibbon, treasurer; Geo. V. Davis, Sr., auditor; John Cofl'en, sheriff; Mrs. O. Littlefield, superintendent; Mrs. Dr. Garfleld, recorder; and Dr. Garfield, R, I. Brayton, and a brother-in-law of Gibbon, supervisors. A few meetings were held at Dr. Garfield's home, but before the really official life of the county began, the promoters decided to have a legal standing, and Dr. Garfield and R. I. Brayton accordingly brought a suit before a justice, involving the question of venue in Crocker county. The case went to Emmetsburg to the district court, and to the supreme court. Goode, Polk & Hubbell appeared for the new county, and no appearance was made against it, but the court after investigating the statute decided that the territory was not sufficient, and Crocker county faded away. Greenwood township was organized Jan. 4, 1869, and was the fourth, Algona, Cresco, and Irvington proceeding it. It took in the whole north end of the county, and in 1870 had 280 people in a total population of 3,351. Dr. Garfleld built the first frame house in it in 1869, on his claim. The first school was taught by A. P. Buker in 1865, in a sod house at Greenwood center (west of Bancroft on the river.) The second school house was built in 1866, Dr. Garfield being a director of Algona district and getting an appropriation through at the time the money was raised to build the old Algona frame house—now the grand army hall. Three postoffices existed in Greenwood—one at Greenwood Center; one at Seneca, established in 1870, of which E. Woodworth was first postmaster; the other at Swea, established in 1872, J. B. Johnson being first postmaster. The growth of the north end was not remarkably rapid up till 1881, when the Northwestern railroad was surveyed through. The census of 1880 only showed 717 people in Greenwood and Ramsay townships, which comprised the whole territory, out of a total population of 6,178 in the county. With the coming of the railroad came the change which has transformed northern Kossuth until now it is filled with a bustling population, divided into numerous townships. The town plat of Bancroft was filed for record Sept. 25, 1881, a few scattering buildings were built that fall, and the history of a new city was begun. The introductory sketch of early times in northern Kossuth will put the reader in better position to appreciate what has been done in ten years on the old Connell homestead than any statements of growth. Ho is prepared to estimate at their full value tho natural advantages for a town which were afforded in northern Kossuth, and how amply Bancroft has mot tho demands. Ten years is a short time even in tho west, but in ten years tho two townships of 1881 have bocomo nine; tho 717 people who inhabited them have grown to a community which cast this fall more than as many ballots; tho town in which Dr. Lake built his little store is one of the best business points In tho state, drawing trade from across neighboring county lines, showing to tho visitor residences costing $3,000, and business properties worth $8,000. Tho history of the state does not afford an example of more sudden or substantial growth, Bancroft is today a city of 900 people, beautifully located about the elevation which Connell chose, with shade' trees in abundance, already giving it an attractive appearance, with buildings that would do credit to any city in Iowa, and with a business patronage superior to any place of its size in the state. Although not a county seat, it has for its adjacent territory old Crocker county, as large as Emmet or Wiu- nebago on either side, and rivals in its importance either Esthervillo or Winnebago City, with chances of growth during the corning few years only equaled by the rapid settlement of tho farming territory. This during tho ciety here, organized now four years. It has a $2,000 church, fifty members, ntid is at present represented by Rev. L. A. Cummins. Tho Catholic church was organized last year in October, and has since built a fine edifice worth with grounds $4,000. Father A. J. Schemmcl is local priest. There are 80 families in the society, which is growing rapidly. Father Soheramol in addition to pastoral duties has a class of students of tho German language. Over thirty arc enrolled this winter for study. The Swedish Lutherans'have a handsome church which cost $2,721, fitted with furnace, etc., a society of 50 members, and a healthy growth. Rov. Elfstrom is the present pastor, nnd tho society has been organized a little over four years. The society is now adding a fine (iOO pound boll to its church. Those flvo church societies, all well supported, speak for tho religious opportunities afforded. No town is hotter supplied in the state. SECRKT SOCIETIES. Tho Masons, Knlghesof Pythias, and Good Templars each have nourishing lodges. Progressive lodge, SOU, A. F. and A. M., now has a handsome hall over tho state bank-, has ,'tO members, and is in very prosperous condition. The officers are: J. Berrynmn, W. M.; E. S. Streatcr, S. W.; Henry Morrl- lield, J. W.; R. E. Davison, secretary: John Winkel, treasurer; B. F. Grose, S. D.; A. A. Reynolds, J. D.; W. F. Stahl, tyler. Tho lodge has boon organized about throe years. Vora Lodge, 291, K. of P., has been organized about a year, and is a healthy and vigorous society. It him a hall of its own, and is rapidly growing in membership. Tho officers are: S. Mayno, C. C.; W. E. Jordan, V. C.; G. W. Smith, P. C.; M. Turner, M. at A.; W. W. Wilson, M. of E.; I. J. Bruer, M. of F.; H. N. Renfrew, prolate: J. G. Graham, K. of R. and S. The Good Templars' lodge Is tho largest and best maintained in the county, having 125 members, and meeting regularly in tho school house. Inero are five members of tho grand lodge here, and Emma H. Smith has HER HUSTLERS FOR TRADE Bancroft, Has a Lot of Good Ones, and They Have Neither Flies Nor Mortffaijcs on Them. Look the List Over, and Call on Them for Partlculaas Not Down on the Bills. past year has been beyond all precedent in northern Iowa, and the near future will see as dense a population In that fertile section as anywhere in the state, lands being still low in price and eagerly sought after by crowds of settlers. What the new comer first asks for in inquiring about a locality are the advantages for living afforded, those things which go to insure intelligent neighbors, a peaceful and progressive society. It is proper therefore to first notice Bancroft's schools, etc., in picturing the present situation. THE BANCROFT LIBRARY. c Bancroft was incorporated in May 1884, and its lucky star was in the as- cendent when it was christened, for in honor of his namesake the venerable historian made the incorporation day a notable one by the present of a library. W. E. Morrison was first mayor and S. Mayne clerk, and received the valuable gift for the city. The books were 328 in number, all bound in the most expensive tree calf and morocco, and their character may be judged from the list which includes the complete works of Burke, Schiller, Bacon, Adam Smith, Bancroft, Robertson, Gibbon, Pope, Milton, Scott, Emerson, and Motley, besides Hume's and McCauley's "England," Allan's "British Poets," and 28 volumes of " Ancient Classics." To this magnificent list the township added the more popular novels, etc., the whole occupying a room in the State Bank building. The town maintains a library association, of which Mr. McLaughlin is secretary and C. R. Morehouse is librarian. 'Any citizen becpmes a member by paying a $1 fee. The association has taken the Century, Forum and North American Review, in addition to keeping its library open, thus establishing a center of high grade literary influence in the city's midst, whose importance no one will underestimate. E. F. Clarke was instrumental in securing the library from Mr. Bancroft, who been deputy marshal of the grand lodge. Tim officers are: G. W. Smith, C. T.; Lillie V. Johnson, P. C. T.; Hilda Stinson, V. T.; J. B. Streater, chaplain; Win. Stahl, marshal; Lola Davison, deputy marshal; Clarence Robison, secretary; Mabel Johnson, assistant secretary; Adda Davison, treasurer; Orvol Ostrander, guard; Clms. Wilson, The success of Bancroft, as of every other town which over grows to amount to anything, has boon duo to tho character of its business men. Tho difference between a country cross-roads and a thrifty city Is not half so much ono of opportunities and natural advantages as it is ono of people. Iowa Is full of dead towns which have had every chance in the world to grow, while many of her best and most thriving cities sprang up where tho odds scorned against them, and have flourished because they wore bucked by brains and energy. Bancroft's first settlors be- lioved In her destiny, and her later settlers have increased faith and zeal. Ono of tho first buildings over started in tho town was W. E. Jordan's throo-slory hotel with fine mansard roof, and when lire destroyed it, with no lack of pluck ho began again still bound to have a throo-slory house, and tho Phoenix is tho result. This same spirit animated all tho founders, and tho fine Improvements of later sentinel. H. N. Renfrew is lodge deputy, and Grace Littleiiold superintendent of juvenile templo. THE BANCROFT REGISTER. Almost with the founding of tho town D. A. Ellis established tho first and thus far only newspaper. V. S. Ellis is the present editor and proprietor, and is giving the people good service. Tho Register is a clean and newsy journal and is enjoying a fine business patronage. » BRASS BAND. Bancroft hns a band organized which ranks among tho best in this section. B. D. Sterling is president, Josh. Campbell secretary, and M. A. Turner treasurer. stretched from Union slough to Arm- Strong's grove. The early settlement \-uid regular travel of the county did '[Ot penetrate this region. The pio- _ieer who went north left the river at Mole's or Gibbon's grove and passing- east of the slough went through Ramsay to Blue Earth City. Across the Prairie" there was no stopping till Norman Collar built the The publishers of the Homestead, the weekly 34 page agricultural paper of Des Moines, Iowa, edited by a practical farmer, inform us that they will send their paper from now until Jan. 15,1893, free of charge, to every farmer, not already a subscriber, who will send his name and address plainly written on a postal card to the Homestead company, Des Moines, Iowa. The copies will be absolutely free, and will be sent to any farmer to enable him to judge for himself of the merits of tho Homestead as a paper devoted to his special interests. On tho 15th of January tho paper will be discontinued unless subscribed for in due form. The Christmas number of St. Nicholas has before it every year the task of breaking tho record. Not only must the current numbers be improved upon, but the past Christmas numbers must be cast, if over so slightly, in the shade. Upon considering the difficulty of the task, the wonder cannot but grow each year as it is successfully accomplished. This year we have a true Christmas story for the beginning. It is written by Ella F. Mosby and Illustrated by Birch. The plot is based upou the meeting at an old English hostelry of the retainers of York ,and Lancaster families '* Sod Tavern" in 1865, and there for during the Wars of the Roses. was anxious to do something for the honor which he felt had been conferred upon him, A PUBLIC HALL. The spirit of enterprise which has marked the town's growth from the beginning is now being shown in the movement for a fine public hall, A company of citizens have co-operated in a stock company, and contracts are being let for a building to cost $3,500. It will be 80 feet long, 40 feet wide, and 26 feet high, and a credit to tho town. The coming season will see a room for public meetings, lectures, concerts, and theatrical entertainments second to none in the larger towns of the state, and finer than can be found in Iowa in a place of the same size. THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. One of the first acts of the district was building a fine two story frame school building in Bancroft during the first year of its existence. The building then cost $1,800 and since has been enlarged by an addition nearly equal in size to the original. During tho past year an independent district has been organized containing about three miles square of territory, and six rooms are needed to accommodate the scholars. Five teachers are employed, Prof. Doderer now in his second year as principal, assisted by Misses Nellie Saulsbury, Lutie Wallace, Miss Vinton, and Miss Kennedy, Bancroft's schools are second to none. CHURCHES. The Methodists and Presbyterians were the first to organize societies in the new town. The former now has 100 members, is out of debt, with a church property consisting ' of a handsome church and parsonage valued at $3,000. Rev. A- W, Luce is pastor. The Presbyterians havb no church but meet in the school building and have a membership of nearly 30. Rev. Wilson is the present pastor, Rev. Paden and Rev. Steole having preceded him. The Baptist cluu-ch has a <itron<r p 0 - Every intelligent person in Iowa will need a Des Moinos paper this winter that will givo complete condensed reports of tho proceedings of tho legislature and all tho general news of tho state and world. Tho Iowa State Register has no competitors in these lines, or in practical horticulture aud agriculture. Prof. Budd is tho acknowledged horticultural authority of tho world. Ho is doing more to develop tho fruit-growing interests of tho state than all other persons, aud his department in Tho Register is unequalled in interest and value by any other paper. In all respects the Register is tho best and most complete newspaper published for Iowa readers. Its subscription price is only $1 per year. It can bo obtained in connection with THIS UWJSK DKS MOINES for $3 for both papers one year, if orders are loft at this office. Wo publish this week the annual announcement of the State Register. That stalwart organ of republicanism has just completed its 31st year under Clarkson management, and enters the new year with ono of tho best now presses and outfits now made. Tho time of arrival, and amount of news, make the daily the most desirable paper that comes to Algcna, while tho price of tho weekly makes its visits almost indispensable to farmers generally. The Register will bo a good paper to secure for 1893. Senator Funk comments on the work Lafo Young has done on tho Des Moinos Capital. From an unknown little paper representing East Dos Moines, ho has given it a state reputation, and is rapidly making it an evening daily which is unrivalled for news and crisp comment. The weekly Capital comes at so low a rate that all can afford to have It, and get state capital news in the best possible shape. THE Ui'i'uu DBS MOINES and Capital cost but $3 a year. The Christmas Century is something more than tho usual number of this magazine under a holiday namo. It is pervaded with the spirits of Christmas, and both directly and indirectly touches upon the Christmas celebration. This characteristic is first evident in tho cover, a new and special design, drawn by George Whurton Edwards, and printed in gold and brown on white. The frontispiece is a reproduction of the painting of " The Holy Family" by Dumond, a young American artist, who presents in this picture an original conception of the subject. years have been duo in largo part to the far seeing plans of tho beginners. This spirit was ono of faith in Bancroft. And this faith has brought tho big settlements of lato years, has built the ohm-olios, and established tho social and business surroundings which make tho town now so desirable a spot to now comers. Any sketch of tho town without note of some of its citizens would bo incomplete, and while all cannot bo mentioned, enough are noticed to givo an idea of tho business men. J. it. JOHNSON. First, on tho list is tho pioneer merchant of tho town. Mr. Johnson is twice a pioneer, having been tho second settler in Swoa township, coming there from Minnesota. Ho built the first house in tho township in 1872, and was first postmaster. In those days, for tho sake of getting mail ho eiu-riod it fron/ Seneca, a distance of six miles, for/j cents a trip. AH soon as Bancroft wa located ho moved to tho townsito unc built his store. His success as a moi chont has been great. Ho was olootot member of tho county super visors, and served acceptably, and i; now mayor of Bancroft. Ho is ono o Bancroft's best citizens. B. M. RICHMOND is a second pioneer. He came fron Dallas county the first month of Ban croft's existence, and his pioneer hint and loan office was among tho first to go in. Ho continued to manage this i few years, when ho wont into tho pio neor bank which ho now controls Tho Richmond block ho has had mud: improved the past year, and his bank' ing office is a picture of what art car do. He has added tho past year n vault with Hall doors, and has a Diebold safe with time lock. Tho handsome oak counters came from Des Moines. Mr. Richmond lias boon ono of Bancroft's most liberal and pushing An old friend in a new dress, article that has come to be one of and tho an in• - - • --— —" ~ ^~ ""* •••«*« w* v*-*v *»*- dispeiiables of an editor's desk, cpmes to hand in the Columbia Dally Calendar for 1892. This is the seventh issue of this now well known calendar. It. comprises notable events In cycling, opinions of physicians and clergymen, hints about road waking, and numerous other topics. WE sell Chase &Sanborn'spelebrated coffees. W. F. Carter. citizens, and has never allowed his personal interests to stand in tho wuy ol public improvement. SAMUEL MAYNE is the pioneer lawyer and came to Bancroft in 1883, a graduate of tho Iowa City law school. He was elected first clerk of the town after incorporation, was then mayor, and soon extended his acquaintance in tho county until ho was urged very strongly as a candidate for tho legislature. Ho has engaged extensively in tho land business, and his early coming has given him control of a fine list of lands. Ho has also shown tho regular lawyer liking for blooded stock. Ho has in local matters taken a strong stand' for recognition for tho north part of tho county, and has been a leader in everything calculated to aid tho growth of his town. Mr. Mayno has been a good man for Bancroft, and his prosperity in business has been well earned. J. A. WINKEL, is ono of the early men in the county, as well as in Bancroft. Ho began in Algona with a modest meat market, went to Bancroft early, and now owns a large stock farm less than half a mile from town, and besides his grain business handles some of the fanciest-bred horses in Iowa. His "Kossuth" has tho past fall had mares shipped in for service from Mason City, Webster City, Fort Dodge, Rock Rapids, Monmouth, S. D., and other towns,-22 from outside places. His "Byron Sherman" will trot on the kite track for a record next season. J. A. OHAHAM carno to Bancroft with the cars and began business working for.I. B.Johnson. Now ho owns one of tho largest machinery warehouses In northern Iowa, and his yearly sales are larger than any but the best in Iowa. Ho began for him- solf In 1885. and has built up a trade which extends to neighboring counties. This he has done by being " Jack" Graham to everybody and selling only tho best goods. His personal popularity the past fall suggested him as candi- deto for sheriff on the democratic ticket, and he won in the hottest local canvass in years. G. B. WOODWOKTH was one of Algona's pioneer merchants, but seeing the opening afforded by Bancroft's rapid growth, sold his stock and store and moved to the new town just in time to meet the demands of the rapidly growing settlement. He is one of the best merchants who ever came to Kossth, and his going to Bancroft added a fine family to the new metropolis. E. p. ANDERSON came to Bancroft in 1887 as principal of tho public schools, and spent a very successful year, after which, with Dr. Morse, ho started Bancroft s popular "Corner Drug store" which ho now owns. From tho beginning the new firm were successful and built up n very fine trade in drugs and specialties. Tho Corner Drug store is tho recognized headquarters for all sorts of notions, confectionery, and fine goods for holidays, and tho proprietor makes it an object to keep a full and finely selected stock. Mr. Anderson was a successful teacher in tho county, and is a successful business man. C. E. M'LAUGIILIN. Although the firm of McLaiighlin & Co. dates only from Sept. 15, it is already in an established business under tho charge of C. E. MeLiiughlin. If, occupies u lino new store building erected for It liy Father Hughes of Blue Earth City, and which in 21x70 feet. Mr. Mc- Laiighlln is a popular young man in Bancroft, and is gelling his share of business, carrying- a new stock of well selected goods. SHERIDAN 1IROS. Another firm of lato comers is that of N. E., J. P., and .1.11. Shorldmi, who opened a land office Sept. 1. J. H. Sheridan lives In Dubuque, whore ho bus a large business. Tho two brothers in Bancroft, have already a largo list of wild and Improved lands for sale, and will build a largo and 'commodious of- ileo In tho spring. They are both pushers, and are very accommodating In showing lands to now comers. MALLORY ft, HOKIUS. C. E. Mill lory and .1. S. Moll us have a grocery business which they opened in the Richmond block In 18!)(), and which is exceptional. Probably no single firm in Iowa handles more tea than they do. Mr. Mallory had tho business worked up as an exclusive business, traveling about tho country in ten counties Holi- ing In large quantities, and .still continues It. Ho Is an expert judge of tons and buys in largo quantities, his last purchase amounting to $1,800. Tho firm does a largo grocery business and are both trustworthy and genial mon. Mr. Hollus is son of one of the earliest Bottlers of tho county, and was born in KOHHUtll. THK PAUL LUMHHIt COMPANY. One of tho biggest business additions of the year to Bancroft is tho big branch lumberyard of tho.lohn Paul company. It covers two acres of ground and tho now building is 20x135 foot and built In tho very best stylo. The yard represents a capital of $8,000 limited, and is in charge of T. W. Robinson, ono of tho best known and most popular lumber sellers In the county. /£•• STATE HANK'OF BANCROFT. The adv/»-jHoinoul of this institution, who^" -..ucisomo building is so noticeable, gives the mimes of Iho men who are connected with it. It has a handsome main olllco, 2'lx24 t ..rui-nishod in the finest oak, with a Consolidated Time Look company vault, safe, and time lock. Over it tho Masons have a hall, and in the rear aro Dr. Busby's offices. C. R. Morohouso, who began in the Farmers' and Traders' bank, is cashier, and is very successful as a manager. AXEL SUNDSTROM first landed in Algona In 1871 with his father. He has been in Bancroft seven years, tho pioneer jeweler. From repairing ho IHIH grown to bo the owner of a lino business house, which is filled with all kinds of jewelry and musical instruments, and his business requires an assistant to attend to repair work. Besides his business Mr. Sundstrom started tho photograph gallery, and is a fancy shot at the tournaments, having some of tho best records in Iowa. OE(). IIOLLOWAY is an old standby in Bancroft, genial, goodnaturod, arid full of business. Ills food barn and livery stable take most of his time, but ho has still found enough to sell five sections of land tho past season, and act an deputy wliorlff besides. Ho is on hand to do anything In tho way of business for anybody, and is a good man to consult on anything pertaining to northern Kossuth. F. A. BRONSON came to the county in 1881 and worked at Ills trade as a carpenter. In 18!)0 ho bought tho furniture store of 10. L. Ward, and now lias as fine a place as there is in northern Iowa. Tho past year ho has added 52 feet to his building and now has a room 22 foot wido and over 100 foot long, besides a shop behind, This Is full of fancy and plain furniture, pictures, etc., and is a lino storo for a small city as any one can see. J. A. JOHNSON Is another old-timer. Ho came in March, 1882, to town and opened tho pioneer harness and shoo shop. Now ho owns his fine building and has extended his business until ho has all ho can attend to. Ho is a good workman, arid all who deal with him once are his- ustomers from that time. I'. M. BARSLOU is one of Bancroft's rustlers, always ausy, and interested in public matters, Ho was an early comer to Algona, afterwards farmed awhile, and then en•aged in business, in which ho has been very successful. He was elected mayor a few years ago, and ho has always been active in Bancroft politics. F. w. KINNE s another of tho young men who are booming their town. Ho came from Wisconsin eight years ago and farmed west of town till 1890 when he bought John Edwards' livery barn, which he now owns. Ho has made a business of aking land seekers over tho county ind is so well acquainted that his services are in demand. Ho has all he can do, and has a lot of stylish outfits. J. J. KELLY was born in the county and picked. up watch mending until he'secured a job and became an expert jeweler. Ho has done work all over the county, and has riven satisfaction, having some very ugh recommends. He opened his jewelry store a month ago and has brought a fine stock. All who deal with " Jim" will find him reliable and good workman. THE ELMORE MILL CO. This was started on a sxnall scale as an exchange warehouse, but its business has grown in a year until it will build a mill i« the spring. A. Sinitb, its gentleinanly agent, ft mj is very popular in Bancroft, * \ E,

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