The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 8, 1897 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 8, 1897
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ESTABLISHED 1865. ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1897. VOL. XXXII-NO. 88, The largest line of Toys, Dolls, Albums, Dressing Cases, Celluloid Novelties, Illustrated Books, CoyprigM Books, Children's Books, and in fact everything comprising a Holiday line, ever before shown in this city, We make a specialty of ordering copyright books; if we haven't them in stock they can be had in three to four days. BE SURE AND VISIT OUR STORE BEFORE YOU BUY HOLIDAY GOODS. That eight-day clock will be started at 9 o'clock Friday morning, Dec, 17. Keep your eye on the clock. L. A. SHEETZ, DRUGGIST AND STATIONER. CAMEO Is the brand of Canned Goods to buy. SOLD ONLY BY M. Z. Grove & Son. 102 E. State St. TBL/BPHONB 19. If you are looking after a.... P Take a look at our RUGS. All sizes and qualities. G. L. Galbraith & Co. ALGONA'S FIRST COLLEGE. A Chapter of Value Concerning One of the Early Educational Institutions of Northwestern Iowa. Major Williams, founder of Fort Dodge and early-day historian in writing of Algoun in 1807 said, among other things: " There is organized a company to build up an institution of learning to bo called 'The Northwestern College of Iowa.' Judge Wright, B. F. Gue, Peter Molondy J. E. Blackford, Asa C. Call, and Rev Chauncy Taylor are among the lucprpora tors." Of this band, Judge Wright, after wards United States senator, Judge Cal and Father Taylor are dead. B. F. Gu then editor of the Iowa Northwest at For Dodge and now a resident of Dos Moiue where he is writing a history of Iowa, re calls his connection with the college in th following note: DBS Momiss Sept. 1,1897.—I find by careful search through the old files of rny paper published at Fort Dodge that the first steps taken towards the establishment of the Northwestern College were taken In February, 1805. The movers of the work wore Rov. C. Taylor, Rev. W. Leggett, J. E. Blackford, Judge Call, J. E. Stacy, L. H. Smith and Dr. McCoy. An effort was made to raise $20,000 in Kossuth county and $50,000 in northwestern Iowa. I find no statement as to how much was actually raised. A company was afterwards organized to build and establish the Northwestern Collece. Among the incorporators were the following: JudgeG. G. Wright, B. F. Gue, Peter Molondy, J. E. Blackford, A. C. Call, Rev. C. Taylor, I was never actively on- gaged in the enterprise, and after so long a time am not able to give any further Information relating to it. Yours truly, Mr. Melendy, many years prominent in Iowa politics now mayor of Cedar Falls, says his connection with the school, like hat of the others, was on paper: CEDAU FALLS, Iowa, Nov. 18, 1897.— Mayor's office—Your letter at hand, and I note your inquiries. I have some recollec- ,lons of being connected with the late Judge Wright and Bro. Guo in the college you name, but for the life of me cannot now tell much about it. I have been connected with a number of colleges on paper, and quite a number that are like institutions today. I think I was a trustee iu Bro. Tuft's at Humboldt at one time in an early day. I will say this, I will hunt up my old relics and I may find something. Yours truly, PETBU -s- •+• Father Taylor brought her from the oast, but the precarious finances of the college did not warrant a protracted residence. The present editor of Tim UI-PBU DEB MOINBS began his business career under Miss Leonard. The first money hoover earned was for building fires in the Northwestern College of Iowa. MissM. Holon Woostor succeeded Miss Leonard. She also was from the oast and was an experienced teacher. She Is now engaged in the public schools of Los Angeles, Cal. From 1871 to 1878 she was county superintendent in Kossuth. Iho board of directors which secured her was Rev. Taylor, president; Asa C. Call, secretary; Ambrose A. Call, treasurer; J. b. Love, auditor; and J. E. Stacy, member of the executive committee. The Northwest College under Miss Woostor .occupied a little sovon-by-uino frame building over on the corner north of the old Grove barn. Then she built her seminary building where Goo. L. Galbraith's homo is, and the college settled down into a private school. Her first term opened with 17 students The confidence of the community still was high. In October 1808 the trustees engaged Rev. E. C. Miles to canvass, and it was announced that a college build- Ing would go up the succeeding year. "The college," THE UW-EU DEB MOINES declared " is already one of the permanent institutions of this county." -*•-*- -H . In 1869, in March, an event occurred which finally closed the brief but honor able career of the Northwestern College A meeting of the Methodists of the For Dodge district was held in Hand's grovo Humboldt county, at which it was decided that a Methodist institution of learning ought to be founded. Rov. J. H. Todd, nov Farmer Todd, the populist leader in Wash ington, was presiding elder. Dakota City Rutland and Algona competed for the loca tion. Chas. Bergh talked for Dakota, A. D. Bicknell and Cusoy for Rutland, and Dr. fa. G A Read for Algona. Presiding Elder Todd was for Algona and that won the day. So began "Algoua College," the more famous successor to the "Northwestern College of Iowa" and predecessor of the Northern Iowa Normal school." THE SILENT MESSENGER. Death Visits Several Homes—Mrs. Crabb, S. J. Hutchison, and J. W. McMann Are Called. During the present month I will make a special CUT ON ROBES of all kinds. I have a big assortment to select from, so come early and get a good bargain. Montana Buffalo Robe, Black and Red Galloway, Grey and Black Goat of al, sises. A splendid assortment of winter plush <$ all shapes an4 sizes. If any serious effort was ever made to to raise the endowment Mr. Gue speaks of there is no record of it. But in tho summer of 1807 tho college actually opened, with Father Taylor, Algona's pioneer missionary, in active control of tho manage ment. Father Taylor was full of onthus iasrn. So was all Algona thirty years ago Old settlers recall with a smile tho mooting In Father Taylor's cabin at which the glowing possibilities of a college wore discussed and the plans decided upon. Father Taylor imparted tho information to the public through tho columns of TUB UPPEII DES MOINES. He was a little doubtful ho says that the institution might be smoth ered under its big name, but when he considered how all the big colleges had started from nothing, and how suroly a college would some day flourish in northwest Iowa, and how suitable Algona was as tho loca tion for a college, he was more confident. "Wehave good authority," he writes, Aug. 22,1867, " for the assertion that tall oaks from little acorns grow, but If you would produce an oak you must plant an acorn and not a beech nut or a squash seed. If a person would produce an oak he would not plant a locust seed, because It would grow much more rapidly at first, and flatter him self that when it came to maturity as a locust tree he could then change it to an oak." -*- -*• -s- Miss Lucy Leonard was the first president of tho Northwestern College of Iowa. She taught the fall term in 1867 in the town hall. The new public school building, now memorial hall, was ready for the winter term of the public school, but E. C. Miles, the teacher, had entered the ministry, and W. H. Ingham as school director persuaded Miss Leonard to combine the college with the public schools, and with Miss Lizzie Reed, now Mrs. L. M. Horton, she dedicated the new school build ing. The following spring A. W. Osborne, now a wealthy Spirit Lake banker, and Miss Mary Taylor, now Mrs. F. M, Taylor, were secured by H. F. Watson, who had of tho But strictly speaking the Northwestern College was not Algona's first college. In the old Algona Boo of Nov. 32,1858, nearly 10 years before Father Taylor's school opened, appeared the following curious announcement: HO! I'OU QOl'llEU COIvLEOK. A Craw would announce to his friends and'the intellectual community generally that he has leased Gopher College for a term of months and expects soon to open a flourishing school. All the teachers are persons well qualified for the trust committed to them. He flatters himself that his rooms will not bo adequate for the great number of scholars expected A few scholars can be accommodated with board in the principal's family. A few vacancies yet eft. Any wishing thorough instruction, cheap board, but good, will do wo to ap- nlv soon to the subscriber. A. UIIA.W, Des Moines Valley, Kossuth county, Iowa. It is said that diligent search along the banks of the Black Cat between Jos. Thompson's and M. Riobhofl's will still disclose traces of the dugout that was known as " Gopher College." There were three of the Craw brothers. Lyman located where D. Rice now is In Plum Creek. Dr. C Craw held the grove east of A, L. Belton's in Irvington. The younger man was the school teacher. They all left Kossuth before the war. THE DALLY CASE, out. She taught until July 10, The college opened with seven stu- Sioux City Journal: The Algona Courier prints an editorial urging the state of Iowa to grant a pension or at least a suitable sum of money to Private J. M. Dally, who was so severely injured at Camp Wilkins last summer. The members of the Sioux City companies a number of whom saw the accident, feel about tho matter exactly as the Courier expresses it and would be very glad to see the relief granted. Ernmetsburg Tribune: Every Iowa newspaper should take up this matter and see that justice is done. Had Dally been a railroad employee he would, without doubt, have been awarded heavy damages had he been hurt through the carelessness of the com' pany's agents. The state should share a like responsibility and make as good as possible the life loss he sustained doing duty for it. Webster City Freeman: It appears to the Freeman that the state of Iowa, as a matter of justice, ought to do something for this unfortunate young He was in the service of """ The funeral services in memory of the mother of Mrs. P. L. Slaglo were hold at'tho homo of the latter Monday at 2 o'clock. Mrs. Crabb was a longtime resident of Algona, ostoomed by a largo circle of friends. The following obituary is written by hor grandson: The grim reaper has again invaded one of Algona's homes and removed one of our pioneer residents. Mrs. Abl- jail Crabb, whoso decease occurred Doc. 3, from heart failure, was born in Logan county, O., 1821, was married Sept. 12, 1838, to Frances A. Crabb. They resided in Ohio and Indiana foi 0 years, then removed to Minnesota, vhen it was still a territory and resided there until 1870. Mrs. Crabb was eft a widow in 1803 and has since resided with her only child, Mrs. P. L. Slnirlo. She came to Iowa in 1870, £l vears ago. Her life is a shining example of faithful Christian living, unsol- [ishness, and doing for others. She has always had the care of child' ron and adopted throe during her life. She united with the Methodist iLpisco- pal church at the ago of twenty years and has always been true to its doctrines and teachings, never swerving from the path of duty, or believing in modern Christianity that sanctions any appearance of evil. Her greatest sol- uco has always boon in reading the sacred pages of holy writ and kindred works. Physically she has never been strong, but mentally she was bright, a'groat reader and ready debater. Few women could number more changes in our civilization than she and few could toll them more interestingly. Her last life work was caring for her grandson's motherless children and though more than three score years of age, sho went about her tusk lovingly and cheerfully, almost taking the place of a mother in her devotion. Such lives are as lessons that wo can learn and cherish and profit by long after the ivy and the rose have withered upon the mound that contains all that is mortal of the loved ones who have gono before. Mrs. Hobt. Buclmnnn. Elizabeth E., wife of Robt. Buchanan, died at her homo in Irvington Thursday at 7',30 o'clock p. m. of typhoid fevor and heart failure. The funeral was hold Sunday, Rov. Sinclair officiating, and the remains were buried temporarily in the Algona cemetery, fears being felt that to return them to the old homo might too severely shock her aged parents, now 79 and 74 years respectively. Her brothers, Dr. Bigelow of Dubuque and I. J. Bigelow of Buncombe, and Mr. Buchanan's mother and brother, both of Buncombe, were present. Mrs. Buchanan was born Aue. 0, 1861, at Buncombe and was married Feb. 15, 1882. With her husband she came to Kossuth soon after, and has for 15 years been well known and highly esteemed. She joined the Presbyterian church as a girl but in 1883 became a member of the Congregational church in Algona. Two children aged 11 and 6 years survive to mourn with her husband. The death of a mother at 30 years is a sad event always. It is peculiarly sad in Mrs. Buchanan's case, for by hard work and good management her husband with her help had secured a fine farm and was already beginning to look forward to a life of less toll and more freedom. It is sad also, because it is the first death in a large family of brothers and sisters. The community joins in the bereavement of the sorrowing survivors. I ngo. He leaves a wife and two children aged 11 and 0> years. He had a $1,000 insurance policy with the Wood- I men, which will greatly help them. ,T. W. McMann. An old settlor of Union township dropped out Sunday morning suddenly. Mr. McMann was taken with cramps Saturday morning at breakfast. In 24 hours ho was dead. Ho was born In county Armagh, Ireland, 54 years ago, coming to this country as a child, his mother dying on the ocean. His father settled in Now York and later in Ohio. At 17 years the boy enlisted in the army in the 3rd regiment Wisconsin cavalry. Ho spent three years and a half in tho army, mostly in Arkansas and southern Missouri, his horse being shot under him at Perry Grove. Coming home from tho war he married and soon came to Kossuth where he located on tho farm ho has since liyed on. He loaves a wife and two eons, Wm. and Hugh, the youngest 17 years of age. Tho funeral was held at the Catholic church this morning at 10:30 o'clock. Mr. McMann was respected by all who know him, and bis funeral was conducted by the grand army post. PERSONAL MOVEMENTS. Chicago Fri- jtie WUB u» «wo pcmw w* »»<•» merBQn, »-" •_• ordered to Fort Dodge by the large delegation uiucivvi V v «• t P .,'j.,i,, * n Aln-nnn whs S, J. HUtCUlBOU. Thirty seven years ago Sam and Frank Hutchison were born in Algona, their parents two of the real pioneers. Frank was drowned near the mill when 10 years of age. Sam died at Whittemore last week of consumption, after a year's illness. Two sisters were present at the funeral, Mrs. Jason Hull of Decorah and Mrs. Thos. Little of Algona. Mrs. Mat. Riebhofl is at Santa Clara, Cal., Bose in Tacoma, Wash., Thomas in the southern part of the state, and Robert in California on his way to ttie Klondike. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Ham- Woodmen in charge. A Mrs. Lida Colo came from day. E. E. Wheolook of Minneapolis is visiting in Algona. Mrs. J. J. Wilson is visiting Dr. Colby at Clear Lake. Mr. and Mrs. Dick Rlst are planning to come from Tacoma for Chiistmas in Al- gouu. Mrs. W. E. Jonnison and Miss Altie Green of Jefferson visited at Rev. Landis' over Sunday. Mrs. John Fields and daughter are home from their South Dakota visit. They report John doing well as veterinary. Chas. Kraft went to Dos Moines Saturday evening to meet his brothers and some salesmen for big eastern clothing houses. Mrs. John Ramsey and daughter, Carabel, returned last week from a two weeks' visit in Green, Carroll, and Humboldt counties. Col. Thos. F. Cooke was seriously mentioned by Gov. Shaw last week for the adjutant generalship. If ho had been a candidate ho would have cut a figure in the contest. Mrs. Crellin of Dos Moines is visiting her cousin, Archie Hutchison. Her husband has the contract for a lot of public work at Forest City, and she will remain a week or more. E. J. Murtagh was over in Illinois a week ago and sold a big farm near Ledyard. He says land is going to move in the spring. Illinois people are already beginning to look about again for cheap farms. F. H. Vesper was visited last week by a Columbia chainless bicycle agent. He rode the wheel down town and let the bicycle enthusiasts look at it. It is a handsome machine and runs like clock work. Carl Riddlesberger stopped in Algona a little while to visit John G. Smith, Friday. He is the Des Moines violinist, at one time the leader in the Thomas orchestra, and was going to Duluth to give a recital, S X Way was over from Wesley Monday' Ho is very friendly to J. H. Funk for speaker in the coming legislature. There seems to be a growing impression in the state that Funk is the man who will win. Representative-elect Christie of Hancock was over Thursday and with Senator Chubb went to Ruthven, J. M. Farley going with them, There they met Mr. .Anderson, the silverite from Clay and Palo Alto. What the conference was for is not divulged. Representative Christie is . a | shrewd looking and genial man. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hay are home from the south. They have bought a Home m the suburbs of Mobile, Ala., and will move at once. Mr. Hay has not fully decided on a business. They visited at Cuthbuvt, Ga.., and say that Cuthburt's genial Mr. Key did not exaggerate the charms of that place. A DRAMATIC TREAT, Algoua Gets a IlltU Grade Pram» Tomorrow Eveulus By Accident. The famous play written by Augustus Thomas, "Alabama," will be given at the Call opera house tomorrow evening. It is a great play, and the company has been playing in the big cities. It comes here to fill a date lost at Mason City. It is the best thing we have had since Keene. Seats, 85, 50, 75, and $1. Don't miss it. D. B. AVEY. 1868. The college opened wun sevea »vu- t te ordered to Fort uoage oy *ne i tt 'Y? „„„*TCv« thev dents. It had 80 when she left it. Mrs. govern0 y, and was performing a duty to Algona, wheie tney wTJLaavs Miss Leonard was one of the fssiened by an offiw acting under a Monday at 8 oWok. Sw lovliest women she ever met. That is the 'reqolleotion of everyone wlio Uuejv fcw. commission issued by the state 9! I when he WWfred the roan burled Sam was a pa* with, many friends ttUU w«* u t w»n» WWMJ ...-•"—T —v , •• Ifo young people of thirty years whole year, THE Des Moines Daily News is offered to mail subscribers at $1 a year, The News publishes the associated press dispatches, telegraphic markets, proceedings of the Iowa legislature and congress and all the news of I and the world for less than half regular price of a daily paper, It" family newspaper of the highest ,-„-,. and employs a large staff of able writ* ers, including Judith Jorgenson, Ed; win A. Nye, Jessie Lee Wilcox and. others. Send $1 to the News, pea Moines, Iowa, and get the N,ewfi,& (

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