State Historical Society Iowa City, Iowa fithcr Smith How Algona - not Irvington - became Kossuth County seat The Sunday picture magazine section in the Des Moines Regis- tef for April 25 featured the Kendall Young memorial library in Webster City. This & brary, an outstanding one among Iowa libraries, rates nation-wide notice for its unusual financial set-up. It was built, and is maintained entirely by funds from the income on 1600 acres of North Iowa farm land once owned by the late Kendall Young, a wealthy Webster City, an who died in 1896 and willed the income of his lands for this purpose. Few persons know that this same Kendall Young was the promoter of the early-day village of Irvington, in Kossuth county, and that he owned a farm where he built his home adjacent to the village. Indeed, he and his co-workers came within one vote of making Irv ingtoti the county seat of this county. Young, a native of Maine, had a colorful career as a young man. Among his ventures was a trip to the California gold fields, In the great gold rush of 1849, There he was fortunate enough to amass a considerable amount of wealth as measured by the standards of those days, and in the early 1850's he came to Iowa intending to found a town and increase his fortune. He was then 35 years old. ACCORDING to the late B. F. Reed's 'History of Kossuth Court- ty', Young and five or six other persons who later came to Kossuth, first met at the pioneer Village of Lafayette (now Albion) in Marshall county, where the Reeds and others were preparing to move to the northern Iowa frontier. This was in 1855, just § few months after Asa and Ambrose Call had made the first settlement in Kossuth county. At that time, the nearest settlements to Kossuth were Mankato, Minn.; Clear Lake; Fort Dodge; and the Pacific Coast. Land was practically free, and pioneers who were not afraid of Indians and a rigorous life were anxious to file claims to the fine timber and rich farm lands of this area. Quoting from the Reed history, "About the middle of July (1855), Kendall Young, Lyman L. Treat and George Smith came into the (Irvington) settlement from Webster City with plenty of funds behind them. They fancied they saw a favorable opportunity for locating claims and starting a town to become the county seat in the near future. As yet no town sites had been platted nor was the county organized. As the first election of offk cers was to be held in August* they began a campaign to elect a county judge in iavol* of hav* ing tne county seat located lit what is now Irvington township. Kendall Young made claim to the quarter lying just north of the present village and to land adjoining on the west. Treat chose the Bush-Spear farm West of the river and Mr. Smith claimed the Goeders farm and grove in Riverdale township. They did their electioneering on the sly among the settlers In that part of the county." BRIEFLY, the outcome was thus: Algona citizens, who numbered perhaps twenty voters in all, learned of the plan only a few days before the election. They put Asa C. Call up as their candidate for county judge, while the Webster City capitalists sponsored Dr. Corydon Craw. Some of the voters fav- orable to the Algona cause were away from home. Every vote was vitally important. A MESSENGER was sent after Jacob Cummins, who was enroute to Cedar Falls for supplies. Me was overtaken sixty miles away and brought home .to vote for Algona. Several settlers were out on the prairies hunting elk and deer in what is now northern Humboldt county but was then a part of Kossuth. Ambrose A. Call, brother of the Algona candidate, spent two days locating these settlers and managed to bring two of them, Sol Hand and Harlow Miner, to the polls. John F. Duncombe, leading citizen of Fort Dodge and ,later a prominent Iowa states- •hian, came up to swear in the judges of the election. When the votes were counted and canvas- ed (at Homer, then county seat 6f Webster county and now a ghost town), Asa Call had won ,by one vote! He was made county judge (an office which had about the powers of the present board of supervisors), and the young Lewis H. Smith, who was to become a longtime Algona resident and banker, was made county surveyor. NEEDLESS TO say, Algona soon was declared the county seat. Nevertheless, the Irvington promoters went ahead and started the first organized village in Kossuth county. They named it for Washington Irving, famous American author. A log hotel, named the Kendall Young House was built on the town site, which was north of the present village. Lewis It. Smith surveyed the townsitc in 1856 and the plat was recorded on Sept. 27. THE TOWN site was eight blocks from east to west and eleven blocks from north to south. Young remained in Irv- ington during the winter of 1855, living in the log hotel and selling a little merchandise. His parners went back to civilization for the winter but returned the following spring. They set up the first sawmill in the county on the west bank of the river near the village site, two houses, a tailor shop, a blacksmith shop, Young's log hotel and two 'bachelor cottages', two stores, three more homes, and the town hall were built before the close of 1858, and these were all the buildings that ever stood on the old town site. Young built a relatively pretentious home on his farm just northwest of the village. The fort for defense against the Sioux was built in 1857, north- cast of the present railroad depot. THE VILLAGE throve for several years as a rival of Algona, but the Civil War marked the beginning of its decline. Buildings went to pieces or were dismantled. Young and Treat moved to Webster City and became prosperous citizens there. The village they had founded quietly went to sleep, but in 1881 the Chicago Northwestern Railway was built through the county and a station was established a few rods from where the pio- ncr village had stood. This is the present-day site of Irvington. Several families yet living in the county represent the fourth and fifth generations of those who came into the Irvington area through the urging of Kendall Young and his associates. Who knows? Had Ambrose Call failed to find those two absent voters and bring them home to vote for Algona, perhaps the splendid Kendall Young Memorial Library might now be the pride of the county seat city of Irvington! Burl father and son named'top farmers" "UNCONTESTED CIRCULATION CHAMPION — THE ADVANCE' Alaorra K -?J Entered as second class matter, Dec. 1, 1908. at Algono, Iowa, postofficc C VOL. 65—NO. 35 MONDAY, MAY 10, 1965 — ALGONA, IOWA l Jer '• 'i .'8 Walter and Richard Campney were named as Conservation Farmers of the Month at the District Commissioners Meeting, according to Julius Baas, Chairman. Walter and his son Richard operate a 240 acre farm three miles 'south of Burt. . "Contouring holds more water and ' we' t have, noticed that we have been able to work the flat land as quick as the hills. Contouring holds, .water out of the pot holes," the ,Campneys say. ' .'• ..^•-, "'••". u "Contouring one year is not a good test. It takes more than one year for you to get to know the value of contouring," they relate. The Campneys produce grade A milk from a 48 head dairy cattle herd. This herd of cattle are pastured on a nine acre pasture consisting of mixture of al falfa and orchard grass. Rotation pasturing is featured on their farm with a different pasture each day. This is accom plished by dividing the field in to five pastures and moving the temporary electric fence each day. The Campneys first started to contour in 1953. That year they contoured 100 acres and increased their acreage of contouring in 1962. The same year they built additional waterways. This spring the Conservation Farmers are renovating five acres of bluegrass pasture and they are seeding it to birdsfoot trefoil as part of .their ,renovation program. .Their future plans call for more pasture renovation including trefoil, a stock water* pond, terraces and a new tile System., Richard is a graduate of Iowa State University. His wife, Dorothy, is the head nurse at the Buffalo Center Hospital. She is also active in the Heart Association. One of 'their * hobbies is square dancing. Walter is president of the Cooperative Elevator Board at Burt and is a' member of the Board of Directors for the Iowa Breeders Cooperative. Mrs. Wai ter Campney is "part-time - employed assisting in the taking of polls, one of which is a scientific poll for Iowa State University Statistical Laboratory. Both families are active in the Methodist church. Two from area in Minneapolis tornado path The Louis Egels talked to their daughter, Mrs. Arthur Widmark, shortly after the tornado hit the trailer park in Circle Pines, a suburb of Minneapolis about 9 o'clock Thursday night. A neighboring • trailer smashed into theirs and was partially on top of it. Mrs. Widmark, the former Sharon Egel, saw the tornado coming and grabbed her sleeping year-old son and sat on the floor with him until it was over. She was unable to get out of the door of Act of Conaress — 8 PAGES IN 1 SECTION old Singe rs here Saturday Algonan named head ofKossHthVFW Wayne Goodman, member of VFW Post 2541, Algona, was elected commander of the Kossuth Council of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the VFW hall at Algona May 3. Other offciers elected are Wlliam Walstead, Swea City, senior vice; 0, Bruce Graham, Burt, jr. vice; Ed Wolf, Algona, quartermaster; Wilbur Ziegler, Algona, will continue as county adjutant, The newly elected of. ficers were installed into office by tenth district commander Earl L, Berg, Swea City, Al Boelkes, TitonKa, is the retiring county commander. in other action by the council it was voted to acquire a sustain ing membership in the Boy Scouts, Prairie Gold Council, by the donation of $25 to the Scout ing fund. The next meeting of the council will be at Bancroft next September. . Allison girl is bird for vivvii^v ••vjpMw^mwi Lois Busch, Allison, has been hired as County Extension Home Economist, it was announced this week by Karl Kiilsholm, county chairman, She is now a senior at Iowa State University at Ames and will graduate this spring. She is an 8-year 4-H member in Butler county and has been a county 4-H officer there, She was an extension summer trainee in Chickisaw County last summer. ^ _ -^ Mis* uuscn wiffbegiiir her work here July 1. t Kossuth County Advance SUBSCRIPTION BUNK im net n«w • rtfyltr futaribtr t« tht KttiVth Ctvnty dviftft !M wftuld ("In ft bt« lf|ifi my tvtofriptitn mtdiittiy, IHI mt Iff II.Q9 tht firit tf nt»t ifltittii, — 192 iftvti -* Pt)ivtrt4 MtMty fml Thwrtiiy «- I I I I I I I NAME with a chair. They were not injured. Mr. Widmark: was at work and came to take them to his parents home in Minneapolis. Howard Miller was notified Friday morning that his sister's family, the Al Keenans, Fridley, Minn., a northern suburb of Minneapolis, escaped personal injury when a double tornado struck late Thursday evening. Mrs. Keenan, the former Celia Miller, reported their garage >vas demolished and a picture window was blown inside -the home. Across the street from their home a grade school had extensive damage. Telephone service had not been restored Friday morning but they were able to dig the car out of the debris and go to a telephone. G. Wichtendahl, Whittemore, dies at Iowa City Funeral serivces for George J, Wichtendahl, 67, were held Saturday at St. Paul's Lutheran church in Whittemore with Rev. Cleo Kautsch officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery with McCullough's in charge, Pallbearers were Leonard Pallbearers were Leonard Baas, Martin Potratz, Forrest Gilmore, and Hartwick Jenson. Mr. Wichtendahl died Wednesday at the University hospital in Iowa City. He had been a patient there for a week. George John William was the son of Henry and Hulda Milkau Wichtendahl. He wag born September 27, 1897, in Whittemore. February 15, 1922 he was mar* ried to Sophia Marie Harms at West Bend- Besides his wife he is survived by four sons and seven daugh- • jters: korrain, Mrs. Lyle Andersen, Flandreau, S. Pek,; Eleanor • Burns, Algona; Florence, Mrs. * Leonard Frost, Huntington Beach, Calif.; keona. Mrs. Gor? (Jon Jenson, FarnhamvUle; Har* Ian, Cherokee; Pelbert, Whittemore; Bernard, Poeahontas; Laura, Mrs. Norman pritchard, Sembach, Germany; Henry, West iend; Selmj, Mrs. jB_4ward Cruise, Corwith; Emogene, Mrs. Hjrol4 Ratt, p<e§ Homes. Other survivors are 29 grandchildren and § brother and sister: Mrs, Harold Patt, Des Moin.es, aM iierma.n. at £urt. THE OLD GOLD SINGERS of the University of Iowa will give a spring concert Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Algona high school auditorium. The group will arrive by bus for its first concert in the northern part of Iowa. Included in the group of 35 students will be Allan Bode, son of the Floyd Bodes, Algona. This is Allan's second year singing with the group of non-music majors who have been selected for voice, personality, and appearance. Their concert will be colorful. Included will be Broadway show hits, popular ballads, folk songs, and original material. Known for their youth, professional tone and zing, their watchword is entertainment. Three instrumentalists are included in the group. The singers were organized in 1957 by the Iowa Alumni Association and the University's department of music, and they perform before more than 60 audiences each year, and have appeared on television and radio frequently. Following the concert, coffee will be served so high school students, Alumni, and friends of the university may visit with the singers. Price of the concert, including the coffee hour, is $1. Tickets are available from high school students, alumni, and various places of business throughout the county, or they may be secured at the door prior to the concert. I I e e Ask $129,370 in big damage case here A damage suit for $129,370.49 was filed in district court last week by'lvan Heidecker as administrator of'the estate of Dorothy Heidecker against Cecil A. Pjngel. A similar case was filed last October, but was dismissed when requirements asking for a jury trial had not been completed. The case arose from a collision June 25, 1964, when the Heidecker car driven by Mrs. Two escape in jury in 5-car crash George Allen, of KLGA, AJ- gona, and Mary Allbaugh, studio manager for the station at Smmetsburg, escaped injury in a 5-car crash north of DCS Moines Friday morning. They were enroute to attend the session of the Iowa Broadcasters tersection near Ledyard. The petition says Mrs. Heidecker was 30 years old with a life expentancy of 41.25 years. She is survived by her husband and three children under the age of 12. The petition asks medical costs of $3007.29, funeral expenses of $1363.20, and further damages of $125,000. The petition says Mrs. Heidecker had taken her husband to Elmore and was on the way home when the accident took place. She died from injuries on July 1. The case is one of the largest ever filed in Kossuth county for damages. gona Friday night. The car was badly damaged. Youngster has iirioiis eye injury Robert Studer, 2V2-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Studer, Algona, suffered a mysterious | eye injury which doctors say will impair his vision but the extent is not known. The Stu- ders had taken the boy to a physician for what they thought was a bad cold in the eye. When and how the injury occurred is 'not kjiowij. COUNTY MEETING Kossuth Units of the Legion Auxiliary will hold a quarterly meeting Tuesday, May 11, p.m. in the Legion hall in Algona. Casey Loss is named to state regents board Casey Loss, Algona, was named to the board of regents by Governor Hughes last week, and as is the customry case with ap- >ointment of sitting legislators, he. senate suspended its rules arid gave immediate approval to the appointment. ' • The board of regents has supervision of all of the state's Jducational institutions including the universities at Iowa City, Ames, and the State college at Cedar Falls,' the school for the blind-at.J/inton,- and school for the deaf at Council Bluffs. • Mr. Loss is a long time member of the house of representatives and is presently serving his ninth term. He was recently honored by newsmen covering the legislature for his work. Mr. Loss will complete this session of the legislature, and then will resign his post prior to July 1 when his appointment takes effect. The change makes an interesting political'development for Kossuth county in the next election. Mr. Loss has not had opposition in several elections from republican candidates for his work has been generally satisfactory to both parties in Kossuth, Mi*. Loss's term is for six years. In his work on the interim committee which operates between sessions he has become' familiar with the needs and work of the educational institutions. BOOSTER CLUB MEETS The spring Booster Club meeting will be held in the Garrigan high school cafeteria at 8 p.m. Thursday night. Members are invited. Injured In crash Massed bands to give concert this Wednesday The aiuial band concert fea-'j luring all the bands of the Al-j ipna public schools will be giv-' en this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. i in the high school gym. I Appearing on the program j will be the beginning band, | grade band, junior high and high school bands. A massed band of 280 members of the grade, junior high and high school bands will be an added feature. A varied program of band music will be given by the various groups. Linda Meehlhause, student, will direct one of the grade school band numbers. The high school band will feature music from Mary Poppins and a selection of George Gershwin's songs. All bands are under the direc- ition of Russell C. Guster. DANA SNODGRESS, 17, was injured in this two car crash Thursday afternoon about 4 p.m. when he was thrown from the European style Volkswagen in which he was a passenger. He was taken to a local doctor where several stitches were taken in an upper arm. Some skin was torn off and he had bruises. The European style Volkswagen was driven by Barry C. Watkins, 17, and Dana Snodgress was with him. They were traveling east on South street and collided with a '53 Chevrolet driven by Bradford D. Kraft, also 17, who was driving north on Harriet street. The Volkswagen careened across the intersection and came to a stop hitting a tree. Damage was estimated at $1,000 to the Volkswagen and $400 to the Kraft auto. Barry Watkins was charged with failure to yield the right of way. Photo by Bill Liidwig.
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