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5
Mar

Big Bridge is Almost Done

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: March 5, 1903

Big Bridge is Almost Done

Bridge Engineer, H.G. Keith, Commits Himself to Prophecy This Morning

Conditioned on Good Weather

Hope That Last Girders Will be in Place Within One More Week

“One week more of good working weather will see our last girders in, barring accidents or anything unforeseen.”

Bridge Engineer H.C. Keith, in charge of the work on the Great Western’s new bridge in this city, made this statement to a Messenger reporter today. He was encouraged in it by the fact that the second tower west of the river was completed this morning and that but three more remain to be erected before the work is finished.

Altho it was well known that the work was getting well along, as any one might see who had taken the trouble to walk down toward the bridge, as many have daily done, it has not been generally thought that the bridge was so near completion as it is. After the last girders are put in, a little remains for the riveters and painters to do, and then one of the finest bridges in the United States will stand ready to bear the weight of any train which is placed upon it.

(Editor’s note: This bridge is also called the high bridge, and it still stands and takes rail traffic.)

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5
Mar

Coalville Man Wins Automobile

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: March 5, 1904

Coalville Man Wins Automobile

Oscar Hult, a Young Man Employed in Coal Mines, has Lucky Number

Winning  Number is 30,358

Automobile Proves Popular, and No Dissatisfaction With Result.

One day last summer, Oscar Hult, a coal miner in the employ of the Gleason Coal company at Coalville, went into the Plymouth Clothing house and bought a suit of clothes. When the clerk wrapped them up he gave Mr. Hult ten tickets on the automobile, which was raffled off last Wednesday evening. During the last year different persons within a radius of fifty miles have bought clothing in Fort Dodge at the Plymouth because they wanted to get a ticket on the automobile. When the doors were opened Wednesday evening at 8 o’clock there was a large crowd waiting outside. The weather was fierce. Sweeping blasts from the northwest caused men to pull their coat collars a little¬† higher, but it did not deter them from being present and on time. It only required a short time to fill the store although special provisions had been made for the reception. The tables laden with clothing had been pushed pack and a temporary stage made in the center of the room On it the committee consisting of Will Cisne, R.E. Sherman, J.E. Downing, John Ruge, G.F. Rankin, Chas H. Colby and E.G. Healy, began the work of finding the lucky number. The tickets were placed in a large revolving church and after a thorough mixing one was drawn out. When it was read, there was a dead silence. There were no cries of “I have it.” Then twenty-nine others were drawn and called out to be used in case the first one did not come to light.

When the train from Coalville pulled into the station at noon today there was a large number of men and boys who alighted and made straight for the Plymouth. Oscar Hult only touched the ground a few times on his way down town. He had the lucky number clutched tightly in his hand and wore a smile that would not come off when he made known the fact at the Plymouth. His friends and associates shared in the joy with him. He concluded to leave his property where it is for the present, but expects to dispose of it in a short time. The drawing has been a great success as well as a great advertisement for the Plymouth. All those who held tickets were perfectly satisfied with the manner in which the raffle has been conducted. Mr. Hult is to be congratulated.

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