Archive for April, 2012


Cash giveaway still going on

   Posted by: admin    in Giveaway

There’s still two weeks left to enter the Month of May giveaway. There will be three winners of cash ($130, $110, $110) and one winner of an Asus netbook PC. The three cash winners are on three different Rafflecopter forms, so enter on this one and follow the links in the Rafflecopter to get to the other two.

Click on the graphic to get to my post with the Rafflecopter. Good luck!


Task Begun of Changing Current in Fort Dodge

   Posted by: admin    in Technology

The Fort Dodge Messenger: April 7, 1914

Task Begun of Changing Current in Fort Dodge

Electric Power in City Being Changed to 25 Cycle

Big Job is Nearly Done

The big task of changing the electric current of the city from sixty cycle to twenty five cycle alternation will begin this week. Many of the meters already have been changed or replaced with meters that will correctly record the use of the current soon to be installed. While a meter built to record the amount of twenty five cycle current is in use with a sixty cycle current, a computation of figures must be used to arrive at the correct amount of current used.

The Central Iowa Light and Power Company from which the Fort Dodge Gas and Electric Company will buy its current still have a half mile of wire to string to Fraser where the power plant is located. This will be finished this week.

Workmen in Fort Dodge have been busy putting in new transformers to take care of the new current. The work of replacing sixty cycle motors with those adapted to twenty five cycle current will begin this week. Most of the motors in use here must be changed. The Fort Dodge Gas and Electric Company will allow a fair allowance on the exchange of motors, depending on the time in which the motors now installed have been in use.



1940 Census – Day 4

   Posted by: admin    in 1940 Census

Sadly, I didn’t do any indexing today. Sometimes real life gets in the way of other things you want to do, and in this case work had a lot to do with it. I work a sort of split shift on Thursdays and Fridays, with a couple of hours in between. But I had a bout of insomnia last night, leaving me with about 3 hours of sleep, so I went home in between.

And, as I realized later, forgot about a medical appointment for my younger daughter.

So I still have a batch from Oregon to finish.

Here are the states that are up for indexing at this time:

  • Alabama
  • California
  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Virginia

The remaining states are supposed to be rolled out soon. There’s a map here that shows the states and the percentage of how done they are. It says that Delaware is 99% done and Colorado is 72% done (at the time of this post).


1940 Census – Day 3

   Posted by: admin    in 1940 Census

Delaware has disappeared off the list for indexing, and although Colorado was there in the morning, by early afternoon it was off the list, as well. I did one batch from Colorado in the morning and started a batch from Oregon, with plans to finish it in the evening.

Then I spent a great deal of time trying to pinpoint which enumeration district my paternal grandparents’ farm was in, and started scrolling through a 92-page section. I got as far as page 64 by evening, but that was with interruptions. The site ( was sluggish in the evening, but I think that’s to be expected, and some of the problem was the computer I was using.

I didn’t finish the Oregon batch yet, but plan to on Thursday. I’m going to try to only download batches if I think I can finish them right then. I don’t want to hold things up by not finishing in a timely fashion.


Local News

   Posted by: admin    in Business, Church news, Interurban, Miscellaneous notices, Society news

The Fort Dodge Messenger: April 4, 1914

Local News

Colonel Smith Here – Lieut. Colonel Smith of the Second Minnesota Regiment was in the city Friday, visiting with local officers of the national guard.

■ ■ ■

To attend funeral – Paul E. Halfpap and Mrs. C.W. Leamon left Friday for Chicago where they wree called by the death of a relative.

■ ■ ■

To Live in Duluth – Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Fitts expect to leave Fort Dodge soon for Duluth where they will live. Mr. Fitts who travels for the American Radiator Company has been transferred to Duluth.

■ ■ ■

Uncle is Dead – Mrs. E.C. Bryant and Mrs. Arthur Anderson have received word of the death of their uncle at Rock Rapids. The deceased man is a brother of Attorney Ladd of Clarion, father of the two Fort Dodge women.

■ ■ ■

Bethlehem Pastor Here – W.H. Linden of Rock Island, will be in the city during the Easter vacation and conduct the services at the Swedish Bethlehem church. Mr. Linden has accepted the call from this congregation and will be their pastor after his ordination next June.

■ ■ ■

Family on Visit – Mrs. E.E. Hastings and son Robert and daughter Catherine, left today for Grundy Center. Mrs. Hastings and her daughter will go on to Cedar Rapids to visit at the home of the former’s mother and Robert will visit in Grundy Center for the week.

■ ■ ■

Builds Beautiful Home – W.C. Tyrell, formerly of Fort Dodge and well known here as “Cap.” Tyrell, is building a beautiful country home a mile and a half south of Belmond. It is to be three stories in height, steam heated, electric lighted, with plumbing of the most modern kind and every other convenience now afforded.

■ ■ ■

Her Brother Dies – Mrs. J.H. Torp today received word of the death of her brother at Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Mrs. Katharine Myers who has been spending the winter with Mrs. Torp, leaves for Rockland, Michigan, to attend the funeral. The body will be brought east.

■ ■ ■

Reside Here for Time – Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Byerhoff have come here from South Dakota and have leased Mrs. Rose Wilbur’s house, 302 north Eighth street for their residence while Mr. Byerhoff is engaged in work for W.J. Zitterell, in construction of the Snell Building. Mr. Byerhoff assumes and office position for Mr. Zitterell.

■ ■ ■

Passion Week Services – Subjects for Passion week at the Congregational Church are:

Monday evening – “The Story of Jesus’ Life.”
Tuesday Evening – A series of stereopticon pictures on Jesus’ Life and Ministry.
Wednesday Evening – “The Love Watch.” A story of the Bethany home will be interpreted by Mr. Minty.
Thursday evening a sermon “Gethsemane” and communion service Friday evening. A meeting for fellowship and prayer.

■ ■ ■

Injured in Peculiar Accident – M.A. Hartwell, 1026 south Eighteenth street, is at his home incapacitated for some little time by injuries reported to have been received Thursday night about 7:00 when he was at work on a train of interurban cars switching near Gypsum. Mr. Hartwell was conductor on the train. Suddenly a car jumped the track and bounded along the ties. Mr. Hartwell jumped and in so doing struck a fence and is said to have several ribs broken and other injuries which have temporarily deprived him of the use of his legs. It is not though (sic – should be thought) he is fatally hurt. A peculiar circumstance in connection with the accident is that the car which left the track bounded along the ties for about fifty car lengths and then returned to the rails.

■ ■ ■

Called to Hastings – H.S. Sanders was summoned to Hastings, Neb., to attend the funeral of a brother.

■ ■ ■

Roads Drying Rapidly – A few days of drying weather will put the highways in pretty good shape again. The drags will be started in almost at once, in case it does not rain more.

■ ■ ■

Agency Here – The Missouri Valley Oil Company of Omaha will install an agency in the city within a short time. E.M. Ouren, secretary and treasurer of the company, was in the city Friday making plans for the opening of an agency.

■ ■ ■

Locate Here – The Gray Welding and cutting Company have located in the city at First avenue north and Twenty First street. The firm has as its officers, Elmer Gray, president and Charles Gray, manager. These young men have come here from welding factories in Chicago.

■ ■ ■

Fort Dodge Holds Record – The naval recruiting station had more enlistments during the month of March than that of any other city in the Iowa district. Five men were sent in from here. There were fifteen applications of which six were accepted. One of those accepted has failed so far to enlist.

■ ■ ■

Kirkpatrick Buys Residence – W.A. Kirkpatrick has purchased the Adalphine Langbehn property on First avenue north between Seventeenth and Eighteenth streets. Mr. Kirkpatrick will occupy the property as a residence. The consideration was $2,700 ($58,044 today).

■ ■ ■

Humorous Contest – Sixteen students of the high school competed for first, second, third and fourth places in the humorous contest that was h eld at the school Friday afternoon. Elizabeth Bedell was the winner and the others who managed to stay in for the finals are Behring Belt, Dorothy Monk and Bertha Johnson.

■ ■ ■

Special Services at Saint Marks – There will be special services at Saint Mark’s church tomorrow in honor of Palm Sunday. The church has been decorated and the musical program will be exceptionally good. Mrs. F.W. Fuerman and Carl Kullenbeck will sing solos.

■ ■ ■

Toll of Labor, Great Film – The Toll of Labor, the big five reel film that will be put on at the Magic Theatre Sunday and Monday, is one of the biggest feature films of the season. It contains the story of Emile Zola’s story, The Germinal. The film has been widely advertised for months in the picture journals, although it was only released March 16.

■ ■ ■

Sees Interesting Views – T.W. Reely entertained a goodly sized audience at the Baptist church Friday evening, by an illustrated account of his European trip. Mr. and Mrs. Reely spent many months abroad while Mr. Reely made an especial study of architecture. They collected many attractive views in every place they visited and these with little personal aneodotes (sic) of the customs of the people, the talk was made very interesting. “We were interested,” said Mr. Reely “in studying the types of people, and in the churches we attended, we noticed they were just about  as varied as you would see at any gathering in this country, and quite similar.” Mr. Reely showed first, the views of England, including, besides London, quaint old towns, beautiful English gardens, and cities, Stratford on Avon, Castle of Varnick Oxford where the great university is located. “Every shire in England has some great man of whom it is proud,” said Mr. Reely. After England, Holland was visited, then came a trip down the Rhine, and to Luzerne and Italy. Antwerp he considered a city of  unusually attractive buildings. The beauty and variety of the towers of Cologne were other interesting features.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


1940 Census – Day 2

   Posted by: admin    in 1940 Census

Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Oregon and Virginia census returns are available for indexing. When I started this morning, Colorado was marked as  highest priority, so I indexed one batch. When I submitted that batch and went to the download screen to see what was available, Delaware was marked as highest priority.

I did have some issues with the enumerator’s handwriting. It was mostly clear, but a little fancy – I had a little trouble distinguishing between a capital C and a capital E. But I think I got it right.

I did check and run a search for people where I was unsure if I got the spelling right, hoping to find them in the 1930 census, and I did. The other issue with the enumerator’s handwriting was that he or she scribbled over a couple of spots, and one birthplace I couldn’t figure out. But when I saw the person’s daughter was born in Nebraska (confirmed by the 1930 census), I could then tell that the mother was, as well.

It’s always a matter of chance whether you will get a record with clear handwriting or not, so I look the document over before I start to see if I think I can read it. If it’s something I don’t think I can read, I return it. I do this with copperplate writing – it’s very pretty and decorative, but I just can’t get it.

■ ■ ■

After a break of a couple of hours, I went back to indexing. Delaware didn’t show up, so I did another batch of Colorado names. This time it was all men living in a residential hotel. Most were in their 40s and 50s and single, although some other ages popped up, as well as marital statuses.

What I found here was that on some of the men who listed their marital status as married, the M was crossed out and a 7 was written by it. I asked on a Facebook thread started by Family Search Indexing and someone said just put in the M for married.

Had some trouble with names this time, and it looked like three different people had filled this form out.

Going to do a Florida batch next. Delaware disappeared, reappeared and disappeared again. I wonder if that state is nearly done.

■ ■ ■

I also went back and looked at recent arbitration on my indexing. There is a way to have them look at your work again if you disagree with the arbitrator.

■ ■ ■

Finished a batch from Florida. The page had four different sets of handwriting, the household numbers skipped around and it seemed that the page was used to finish areas that didn’t have enough names for a whole page. But it’s done. I’ll have to check the arbitration later.

The Fort Dodge Messenger: April 3, 1914

Minkel Renamed for Superintendent of Public Schools

Domestic Science Courses for Vacation Time

New Committees Named

L.H. Minkel was reelected superintendent of schools by the board of education at their meeting Thursday night. Mr. Minkel has been in the city in charge of the schools for the last three years and during that time has helped make them the best in the state.

The board authorized Mr. Minkel to outline plans for a domestic science course to be offered during the summer vacation. The idea of the board is to use the equipment as many months in the year as is possible. Details of the course are now being worked out by Mr. Minkel. Courses offered will be in sewing, dressmaking, millinery and cooking. A small tuition will be charged to pay for the expense of instruction.

President C.F. Duncombe announced new committees at the recent meeting. The committee on Casual Supplies and Equipment is constituted by Messrs. Thompson, Williams, Beresford and McCreight. Teachers and schools – Messrs. Williams, Thompson, Nelson and Files. Buildings and repairs – Beresford, Thompson, McCreight and Nelson. Finance and accounting – Messrs. Nelson, Thompson, Williams and Files. Rules and course of study – Files, Beresford, McCreight and Williams.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,


1940 Census – Day 1

   Posted by: admin    in 1940 Census

The 1940 U.S. Federal Census was released this morning. Several genealogy websites are working – together or separately – to bring this information to the public.

At this moment, the images for Delaware can be viewed here. Five states will be uploaded by the 1940 Census Community Project and available for indexing, then they will transport the files to Utah and begin rolling our the rest of the states.

I was not able to get any 1940 census images to index yet, so I did a batch of World War I draft registration cards. I will do daily updates on what types of indexing I do – whether it’s 1940 census or other types.


Man With Shotgun Accidentally Kills His Own Wife

   Posted by: admin    in Accident, Death

The Fort Dodge Messenger: April 2, 1914

Man With Shotgun Accidentally Kills His Own Wife

Badger, April 2 – Special: The accidental discharge of a shotgun carried by Max Lehman was responsible for the death of his wife at their home in Beaver Township. The shot entered her throat and her right wrist was injured. Physicians were summoned but before they arrived, Mrs. Lehman died from loss of blood. Mr. Lehman is prostrated over the accident and the death of his wife. He was not blamed for the shooting, as it was purely accidental.

Mr. Lehman left the house late in the afternoon to drive the cows to the barn. He took with him a shotgun to get stray game. Returning to his home without having found anything to shoot, he saw a pair of doves flying near the house. Mr. Lehman took a shot at them and brought down the feathered creatures. He picked them up and started for the house to show his prized to Mrs. Lehman, who was sitting in an open window.

As he approached the window, Mr. Lehman dropped the gun and the butt struck the ground. The jar caused the hammer to strike home and the cartridge was exploded. As the gun exploded, it was directly in a line with Mrs. Lehman’s face and she received the full discharge.

Tags: ,


Month of May giveaway

   Posted by: admin    in Giveaway

FOUR WINNERS: Three Paypal Cash Winners and One ASUS Laptop computer winner!

Sponsored by Mom Blog Society




Welcome to the Month of May Giveaway! Get ready to win and win big! There will be FOUR winners:

Winner from Rafflecopter 1 will win $130

Winner from Rafflecopter 2 will win $110

Winner from Rafflecopter 3 will win$110



And…..the Grandprize winner will win Asus 10″ Netbook PC!

Asus Black 10″ Eee PC 1011CX-RBK301 Netbook PC with Intel Atom N2600 Processor and Windows 7 Starter

The ultra-mobile and lightweight Asus 10″ Eee PC 1011CX-RBK301 Netbook PC lets you embrace all day computing with excellent connectivity. It features intuitive shortcuts for easy access such as EeeDocking. The stylish and ergonomic design features exciting multimedia enjoyment options like the 0.3MP webcam with digital microphone. Built-in 802.11n wireless networking provides an excellent, on-the-go Internet connection.

Asus 10″ Eee PC 1011CX-RBK301 Netbook PC:Key Features and Benefits:

  • Intel Atom N2600 processor
    1.60GHz, 1MB L2 Cache
  • 1GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory (expandable to 2GB)
    Allows you to do the computer basics of web surfing, emails and documents
  • 320GB hard drive
    Store 213,000 photos, 91,000 songs or 168 hours of HD video and more
  • 10/100Mbps Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
    Connect to a broadband modem with wired Ethernet or wirelessly connect to a Wi-Fi signal or hotspot with the 802.11b/g/n connection built into your PC
  • 10″ non-glare display
    Intel UMA Graphics with 256MB graphics memory

Additional Features:

  • 0.3MP webcam with built-in microphone
  • 2-in-1 memory card reader
  • 3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x headphone jack, 1 x microphone jack, 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1 x VGA port, 1 x HDMI port
  • 6-cell lithium-ion battery, up to 6 h 15 min battery life

Brought to you by these fabulous bloggers:

Acadiana’s Thrifty Mom, Mom Does Reviews, Mommy Coupon Swappers, We Empower U ASAP, Savior Cents, Colleen’s Book Nook, Mommy Rehab, Mommy Moments with Abby, Kat’s Cafe, Powered by Mom, Peanut Butter and Whine, Life’s Cheap Thrills, Terri’s Little Haven, Cyns Coupons 4U, Crazy for a Deal, Capri’s Coupons, Mark Your Savings, Carol’s Random Babble, Young Mom’s Deals, Celebrate Woman Today, Insignificant at best, Books R Us, Mom of 3 boys, Deanna’s Bargains, Winner’s Place, My Tots Exactly, Grow with Stacy, Central Bargains and Giveaways, Delaware County Moms who love saving, Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog, Mommies Point of View, Jenny at Dapperhouse, The Organic Blonde, DeDa Studios, Giveaway Bandit, Parga’s Junkyard, Misadventures of a First Time Mom, Building Carpenters, Emptynester Reviews and Giveaways, Frontpage Freebies, Good Steward Savers, Clever Coupon Cents, Sister’s Savings Cents, Couponing 4 You, Free Hot Samples, Krazy Coupon Club, Our share of Crazy, Coupons for Wisconsin, CouponAnna, It’s Free at Last, In Old Fort Dodge, Thrifty Momma Ramblings, Linda’s Angels, Saving toward a better life, The Vagabond Studio, Healthy Housewife Styles, Jackie’s Reviews, Penny Shoppers, Thrifty Coupon Couple, Mary’s Cup of Tea, Girl Loves a Bargain, A Website Designer, Become a Coupon Queen, Moneywise Shopper, Coupon Clippin’ Daddy

Open to US only

Enter on the Rafflecopter below


Read the rest of this entry »