The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on January 19, 1898 · Page 10
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 10

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, January 19, 1898
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umat BIS MOINES; ALGONA, IOWA. WEDNESDAY Of A GOOD STOfif, Pfetet- Melendy Writes History that is Wfefthjr of Preset-vatlon-Thc Indlnrt Scare ot '02. In my last letter I rounded up the buck fever day with a Mr. Mason at Irvington. We thought the land about this town was beautiful. We made a number of good selections in this im• mediate region, On the morning of the 9th of December we left Mr. Mason's, to the north* oast of the town. The morning was cloudy with appearance of snow, there was a little snow on the ground, the wind from the southeast, mild and warm. We made about 15 miles before holding up at Algonafor dinner. I cannot now remember with whom we dined, After our meal we put out for more land up the Des Moines river as far as the north line of township 07, 28. We were some ways east of a fine farm improvement which attracted our attention. We started for the dwelling and found it the home of Captain W. H. Ingham, [Daniel Bice's present home farm.] We spent a pleasant hour With the captain, our time was limited and I was sorry that we could not have spent more time in this home, for we were urged to spend the night with him. We were very much impressed with this country. The fine crops of corn and wheat this year in this county indicated the good judgment of these pioneer farmers selecting such a locality for their operations, even if they had to wait for a railroad market to come nearer to them before they could make . grain growing profitable. Stock raising in that day I found to be particularly successful, and nowhere on my route did I see horses and cattle in better condition than in this locality. I considered the district of country between the forks of the Des Moines, and particularly on both sides of the west fork, fully equal to any district of that size in the state. I selected about 12,000 acres of Kossuth's best land then vacant, for the college, this fact speaks well for the county of Kossuth. I entered more land in this county than in any other in the three land districts. When I was in your county 86 years ago this month, the nearest railroad to you then was the Dubuque & Sioux City at Cedar Palls, my city and home. Now think of the net work of rails in our state, about 8,000 miles of track with cars running upon them. Little did I dream when out upon that trip of land hunting, 100 miles from a railroad, that you would have today four different railroads covering over 100 miles in your county. When I was traveling over your county and others in vicinity I thought that there might some day within a half a century be one road at least. But here you are, with four splendid, well equipped railroads. It suggests a tale of wonderful and marvelous growth. I am satisfied it Is the effect of the sterling qualities of the early vigorous pioneers, those grand men that laid corner stones of her Jprospority. Frugality, prudence and industry were the governing principles of the early settlers of Kossuth. Your progress has been swift and sure. I have been thinkingover the favorable impressions I received of few of the men I got acquainted with when on my trip in your beautiful region, viz: H. F. Watson, J. E. Stacy, J. E. Blackford, Wm, Helm, Wm. Riebhoff, Judge Asa Call, Ambrose A. Call and W. H. Ingham. I suppose a few of the original pioneer settlers still survive, but most of them have "fallen asleep." It Is no easy task to chronicle the many events of those land hunting days as they occurred, we remember a little here, and a little there, a little of one, and a little of another. One thing suggests another, perhaps quite out of harmony with the place and time. As I recollect the pioneer men and women of your county and immediate counties, there is a history in each one of their lives, who became vanguards of civilization in northwest Iowa. We are crossing the threshhold of that era when shall have passed away the fathers and mothers whose memories bring in lively review the toils and sacrifices of the past, which have made your community so rtoh in all the elements of moral greatness and material prosperity. I selected lauds in the Fort Dodge district in nine counties, viz; Hamll* ton, Wright, Webster, Humboldt, Kos- nutb, Palo Alto, Emmet, Pooahontas and Calhpun— number of acres selected in tbese eountjes was 186,000. All of these counties are drained towards the .Mississippi river, and the elevations -range from 900 to 1,400 feet above the L a great many specimens Of gwies, se.§d, gype^m, alabaster, eanSetone, fossils, etc?,, the land? In MS district and ttiein }n the college, cabinet. In repprfc fo Gov. Ktrfcwppfl, I said .'this; '* In tfae eeleoWoPS I b»ve kept in t^e adaptation of the lands to purposes, especially to racing, ' LAND* t ' 16 C0untt 7 becomes settled, and generally their location near the line of roads as well as probable towns, and in the railroad lands, In most Instances, their position In reference to probable stations, or* on roads leading through or near them to railroad depots." 1 think 1 hit it well in your county as to locations. This rambling history that I am try- Ing to give you in my Weak way would not be replete without saying something about the "Indian scare" of that year, 1862. I think this'62 scare was the last for Iowa. It created great demoralization and much loss of property to many of the settlers west and northwest of Port? Dodge. It will be remem* bored that the frightful outrages by the Indians at New Ulm, Minn., caused intense alarm—the settlers Were ready to run at the least sight of an Indian, or squaw, or his dog. I remember of meeting my old frfend, A. Slimmer, some miles south of your home coming south on his way home, then in Cedar Falls. He said to us: " You must look a little out for stray Indians." It now runs in my head that I was somewhat agitated. My system was not yet clear of the working up of that buck trouble over on Prairie creek. If I should encounter an Indian buck or doe it might go worse with me than the other trouble I thought, never having had the experience of Indian fighter, neither had my brave surveyor, so we did keep an eye open for now troubles from that time on. I wish to allude again to Mr. Slimmer, who is tiow a millionaire, and is devoting bin time in using his surplus funds in building old peoples' homes and hospitals for the indigent. He was a very poor man when out on this trip buying furs. He had a small one-horse wagon pretty well used up, and a horse that the buzzards would not molest, for there was nothing to attract them on his bones. Tho whole outfit looked like the last rose of summer, out of date.- From the start of his buying fur in your county (for that was his stock and trade in those days) from this work he became immensely rich. We often met the trappers along the streams hard at work at their vocations. I have met Mr. Slimmer many times since and reminded him of his poverty then, and his riches now, and the scare ho gave us as to Indians. After we left your section and got over in the territory of disquietude among the settlers on the Floyd river, theonly topic of conversation was Indians. We found many of the cabins and homes still vacant, some were so badly frightened that they never returned to their land again. I will have more to say at another time as to this Indian scare. We staid at Algona the night of the 9th of December, and left for Medium lake, Palo Alto, the morning of the 10th, which was a mild, fine day with the wind still in the southeast. We had a good road and arrived at the lake for dinner, stopped, at a Mr. Jackman's. There were but four settlers around the lake, all good Irishmen. We drove to the Des Moines and staid all night with a Mr. Covan, a nice Irish gentleman. I think the next morning we drove up the river some five miles, to a Mr. Nolan's, also an Irishman, at which place we came near buying a fine elk and some swans. If we could have hitched the elk up to our wagon we might have purchased him. We concluded not to go into the menagerie business, however. We selected along the routes of two roads, surveyed as we understood, west and northwest from Algona to Medium lake, and Paoll, the county seat, then located, I think about two miles south of the end of the lake. We selected at the head of the lake two or three thousand acres. We selected in all in this county of beautiful land about 8,000 acres. What a change in that county, with Emmetsburg for her county seat and the enterprising village of Euthven, with ample railroad facilities for all the county's needs. I could not but admire the gentle islopes of the prairies towards the river through six townships of Palo Alto county, they were beautiful, more so than any other rises in Iowa, or any part of the west. The morning of the llth was oloudy with a strong, cold wind from the north, west, we concluded to retrace our steps towards Fort Dodge to prove up some of our selections. We drove to Mo- Knight's point for dinner and then drove to Dakota City and stopped with Mr. Bergk, treasurer ot Humboldt county, for the night. On the morn- Ing of the 12th we started for Fort Dodge, arriving there in the afternoon in a rain storm. In closing this letter I will appropriate what my old and respected friend, Hon. James Wilson, secretary of agrl* culture, said the other day iu the close of an article be wrote for the Chicago Breeders' Gazette, headed " A Story of the West." J pan endorse what be says as to the men and women of those eaply days. The words fit In nicely fop the pioneers of the counties of JCosswtb, Humboldt and Palo Alto: "The seasons have come and gone since those days, bringing pleasures and sorrows, joyful anticipations and thorns with the flowers; they have brought those we have learned to love and taken away those we do not forget. The wild prajries, grand and impressive as the wastes pf waters, have been trained and taught decorum 'by grove 4 hedgerow, by meadow and grain. works of theft hands prosper, and what was good of themselves established, passed from us to God's acre, and beyond to the better land. I have lifted a corner of the veil that shrouds the past that you might get a glimpse as It were, and for the moment catch the spirit of the men and women who gave Inspiration to ttto Iowa of our day." Grand words-from a grand man. I would like to say more of the work of 1862. My impressions of some of the men who have come find gone, and who have been factors In making history in their counties in which they have lived. In my three months' work there are still items of Interest that might be interesting to your readers, though not Immediately connected with your county. PETER MELENDY. PERSONAL MOVEMENTS. Rev. Landls expects to go this week with his family. W. L. Joslyn Is home from his visit In Sycamore, 111. Mrs. W. H. Reed and little girl are visiting at Oelwein. Horace Goddard left Monday morning for Port Atkinson. Mrs. J. T. Lloyd of Irvlngton went to Du- buquo yesterday morning to visit hor parents. A. D. Clarke will go to Des Moines this week, on a strictly business visit. He soys there is no politics in it. Auditor Calkins spent Sunday with his parents at Marble Rock. His father is now located there in the ministry. Chester C. Call went to Louisiana last night to spend ten days in getting the rice plantations started for the season. Thos. F. Cookespoke at a banquet given to the visiting national guard officers, while in Des Moines. Ho returned Saturday. Mrs. J. W. Hay left Monday to visit at Iowa Falls and Dubuque before finally going to Georgia. Mr. Hay will get away soon. Harvey Ingham loft this morning for Iowa City to attend a meeting of university regents, who will adopt plans for a new collegiate building. Mr. and Mrs. A. N. Bushnell were called to Round Lake, Minn., last week by tho death of the wife of Mr. Bushnell's partner. It was very sudden. S. S. Sessions and family left Algona Monday for Sioux City. He says ho has a good offer there. C. C. Samson takes the houso and furniture loft by him and will move in at once. E. J. Losey, a Chicago traveling man, sang a magnificent bass solo at the Methodist churcn Sunday evening. He comes once a month and is invited to always be here for Sunday. S. W. Fraser, agent of the Nicoulin land company in Traverse county, Minn., was 'a pleasant caller Monday. He says there is no snow in central Minnesota at all and that the winter has been very mild. L. J. Rice and family will leave for Phoenix. Arizona, next week. Mr. Rice has not decided what he will do. He says, however, that there is nothing in the rumor that he will take charge of the Clarke-Quarton mining interests. A. L. Peterson, while at his old home in Fairfleld, was a frequent visitor with Ed. McKnight, the pioneer of Humboldt county. He says Ed. is as odd and original as ever, and is connected with a hotel In Fairfleld. He Is quite an old man now. He was one of the best known of the pioneer settlers. Tho remains of Walter Walker, oldest brother of the Algona grocers, are expected from California tomorrow. The young man went west to try if possible to recover from asthma, but his health was undermined. He was 87 years of age and unmarried. He was not known in Algona, but many friends of the family will mourn his early death. Excursion Tickets to Dos Molnos, Via the Northwestern line, will be sold at reduced rates, from stations in Iowa, Jan. 10 to 13, inclusive, limited to Jan, 15, on account of governor's inaugural and various public meetings. Apply to agents Chicago & Northwestern railway. WE want your cash trade. See our inducement list. M. Z. GROVE & SON. FOR time loans on real estate at Koseuth County State Bank. apply WE are out for the money. See our list. M. Z. GROVE & SON. For Sale or Trade. My stock of clothing, boots and shoes, at Jewell Junction, Iowa, for a farm. Inquire of J. L. KAMRAR, 42t2 Webster City, Iowa. Since we embarked in the Shoe Business in] Algona. And we wish to thank the public for the support and liberal patronage they have given us. OUE] FOURTH ANNUAL CLEARING SALE will be greater! and the reductions in price more sweeping than ever before. We must reduce our stock to make room for the immense amount of new goods that we have ordered for the spring and summer trade. We will note only a few] of the many bargains we are offering: ? ONE LOT OF Ladies' Shoes, Oxfords and Slippers, cts, a pair, Worth from $1.00 to $3.00 a pair at LEBAL NOTICES. NOTICE. AN ORDER to rebuild sidewalks. Be it resolved by the city council of the city of Algona, Iowa, that the walk along the north and east sides of lot eight (8), in block twenty (20), original plat, Algona, Iowa, Is in an unsafe and dangerous condition, and the same be and is hereby condemned, and the city marshal Is hereby Instructed to notify the owner or owners of the property abutting said walk to rebuild the same. That said walk shall be built eight feet in width, of two inch plank, with at least four oak stringers, the cost of said walk not to exceed forty cents per linial foot, on or before ten days from the date of this notice; incase said property owner or owners shall fail to construct said walk in the time and manner afore mentioned, the street commissioner is hereby authorized to construct said walk and charge the cost of construction to tho abutting property in the manner provided by law. J. T. OHRISOH1LLES, Mayor. Attest: J. L. DONAHOO, City Cleric. 44t2 Ladies' Shoes worth $4 and $5, at - - $2.50 Ladies' Shoes worth $3 at 2.00 Ladies' Shoes worth 2.50 2.00 Ladies' Shoes worth 2.25 1.50 Ladies' Shoes worth 2.00 1.50 Ladies' Shoes worth 2.00 1.25 Children's Shoes, 25,40,50,75c Infants' Moccasins and soft soles at 10,15, and 25c. Men's Shoes, neat and dress, at - $i.ij As neat in appearance as any $2 shoe. Men's Patent Leather Shoe 1.251 A lot of our Men's $5 Shoes at - 3.00! Men's Shoes worth $3 and $4 at only - - 2.001 Boys' Snoes at 95c, $1, and $1.25 NOTICE TO GRADERS. Bids will be received at the office of the county auditor until noon ot the first Monday The south 10 townships being District No. and the remainder of the county being District No. 2. Bids shall specify the amount per yard of dirt for 100 yards ana for each subsequent 100 yards to 1,000 yards. Full specifications and partlcula rs can be had at the office of the county auditor. Each bid must be accompanied by a $3,000 bond of some indemnity com pany, to insure the county. The board reserves the right to reject any or all bids. ... P. D. CALKINS, County Auditor. During this sale at only Never sold before for less than $3.00| 3.50 This sale will commence TRTTR^FiA v ,~ T i and continue until Satur " Sh ° uld fail to avail yourself of this Brownell & A11i™1'c TT jjiuwneu o£ -aureds .Famous Footwe uuwc NOTICE TO DOCTORS. Sealed bids will be received at the office of the county auditor until noon of the first Monday in February, 1898, for doctoring the coun- J. Foy the county. 2. Eagle, Grant, Swea, Harrison. 3. Springfield, Hebron, Ledyard, Lincoln. 4. Seneca, Greenwood, Ramsay, German. 6. Fenton, Hurt, 1'ortland, n hf Uuiou and Plum Oreelc. ' fl, Algona, Oresco, s hf Plum Oreek and Tinton, w hfclrviugton. 7. Buffalo, Wesley, Prairie, e hf Irvington. 8. I<u Verne, Sherman, Riverdale. 0. kotts Croek, Wbltteniore, Gajrfleld. . Maeh bid to include all necessary attendance " dis and medicines, eao: ratejy. The boau, ot; any and all bj^g, trict to be bid on eep- reserves the ri<flit to re ~ K V- D. QAUKINS, Auditor, - .us oowear Wf fU nu^ets Cnm^ M ri,r ^j & uu j wfcdr - -Better tha nuggeis, ^ome early and often and bring your FEET, procure some of, fU T^I JM * than Klondike ELU The Shoe Merchants, they b,,ave been checked by e,teeT feawfc and gammed with, toe habitation.! Pf .wfto, HThe b. wre oi4 Pioneers ftf,te* mteS ty$ Boston Block, ALGONA, IOWA

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