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Cash giveaway still going on

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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!


Month of May giveaway

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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!

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Cash giveaway

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Every season has its own charm, but perhaps the best among them is spring! To welcome this new season, I have teamed up with I Heart Giveaways and some great bloggers to bring you another giveaway!

It’s time for Happy Spring $$$! One lucky winner will receive a total of $210 Paypal Cash. This event will run from March 21 to 27, 2012. Open worldwide. Who doesn’t need extra moola for the Spring season? What are you waiting for? Enter on the Rafflecopter below and try your luck!

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Book giveaway

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I started this history blog on March 1, 2011. In honor of the first year I’m holding a giveaway.

The prize is a copy of “Fort Dodge: 1850 to 1970 (Images of America)” by Roger Natte.

Fort Dodge: 1850 to 1970 (Images of America) by Roger Natte

The book description from says:

Fort Dodge was founded in 1850 as a military post to police the Iowa frontier. A subsequent land boom created fortunes that were reinvested in the local economy. The town soon earned the nickname Mineral City because of the extensive deposits of coal, gypsum, limestone, and clay. By 1900, the city was a rail center and the world’s largest producer of gypsum products. With a highly diversified economy, the city prospered and by World War I was able to claim to have more skyscrapers per capita than any other city in the Midwest and beautiful public buildings designed by some of the nation’s leading architects. Between 1900 and 1925, Fort Dodge enjoyed the role as an important political center and the home of two U.S. senators, the director of the U.S. Mint, the solicitor of the Department of the Treasury, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, and the first presidential press secretary and speechwriter. Sons and daughters of the community went on to establish national reputations in art, music, literature, science, and journalism. Images used in this volume come primarily from the archives of the Webster County Historical Society and were chosen to represent the changing character of the community from 1850 to 1970.

Roger Natte is a retired history professor and local historian. I haven’t spoken to him about the giveaway, but there’s a good chance that I can get him to autograph the book for the winner.

The prize is being provided by me personally, and I will cover the cost of mailing it to the winner. For this reason, I am restricting it to residents of the United States.

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Now available on Kindle

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In Old Fort Dodge is now available as a Kindle subscription.

Amazon offers a free 14-day trial.

You can cancel at anytime during your 14-day free trial, and you will not be charged. If you do not cancel within the 14-day period, your subscription will continue at the regular monthly price using a payment method we have on record for you. You are eligible for only one free trial per periodical.

It is 99 cents per month. In Old Fort Dodge is geared toward at least one new post daily. The blog subscription is available for Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard and Kindle DX, but not for Kindle Fire.


Iowa is 57 Years Old Now

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: Dec. 29, 1903

Iowa is 57 Years Old Now

On December 28, 1846, The State Was Taken Into The Union.

No Festivities Mark Date

Formerly Each Anniversary Was Celebrated in Fitting Way.

There were no festivities either in Fort Dodge or in any part of Iowa yesterday celebrating the fifty-seventh anniversary of the birth of our state, Iowa. Perhaps it was that everyone had forgotten such a trivial thing as the birthday of the state, coming to nearly upon the Christmas day.

On December 28, 1846, the state of Iowa was ushered into the world and given a name of its own. True, it had existed for some time preceding that date, but not as a state, merely as a part of that territorial strip owned by the United States and known as the Louisiana purchase. Then in December, 1846 it was honored with a name and was recognized as a state with its own government.

Not many years ago it was popular to celebrate the birthday of our state and in nearly all of the cities and villages of the great state of Iowa, some demonstration was made celebrating the event, but this has fallen into disuse and now that event is not of enough importance to even be remembered even by those who have had much to do with caring for its affairs since it was given the name of state. Perhaps there are a few who were in this section of the country when the name Iowa was added to the states of the union who remembered it and who felt a thrill at the dawn of its fifty-seventh birthday, but the pioneers who have done so much towards making Iowa the power that it is in the nation are very few and are becoming fewer and fewer with each anniversary of its birth.

Aside form being the date of the birth of Iowa, the year 1846 is a memorable one in other respects. In that year was elected the first democratic governor of the state, Ansel Briggs. Mr. Briggs’ opponent in the race for governor was Thomas McKnight, who polled 7,349 votes against the 7.626 votes polled for Briggs. At that time the republican party had not yet put in an appearance and the first representative of that party that has ever since held the control of the state with the exception of Governor Boles, was Ralph Lowe, who was elected in 1857 by a large majority. On the abolition ticket seven years before William Penn Clarke received 575 votes.


Start to Move Library Books

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: Oct. 1, 1903

Start to Move Library Books

Cannot Tell How Much Time Will Be Consumed in The Work.

11,000 Volumes to be Moved

Conveniences Used to Preserve Proper Classification of Books.

The librarians of the Public Library are at work today moving the first installment of books into the new Carnegie library. No one who appears to know anything about the matter can state the length of time that will be required for the work. A number of trough-like contrivances have been built in which the books will be moved in order to preserve their classified order. As there are something over 11,000 volumes to be moved and arranged, it will be some time before the library will be opened for public use of books.


Free searches on

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This database contains applications for membership in the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution approved between 1889 and 31 December 1970. The applications are arranged in packets. It may be helpful to scroll through the images to find all information relating to the applicant.

The DAR has a database that allows searches of patriots and descendants.


Historic Preservation Month Activity

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Event Date:

May 7th, 2011 at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

This is a family friendly event.
Event Location:

Crossroads Mall Center Court
217 South 25th Street
Fort Dodge , IA 50501

The Fort Dodge Historic Preservation Commission is sponsoring an event commemorating Historic Preservation Month.  The event is Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Center Court of the Crossroads Mall.  There will be a silent auction, sale of collectibles, books and memorabilia.  View historic photos and learn about the history of Fort Dodge.  Any questions please call Kay Baldus 576-5250.