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Church Directory

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The Gazette and Messenger: May 19, 1878

Church Directory

Presbyterian Church

Rev. L.G. Gray, Pastor. Services at 10:50 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Sunday school at 12:15 p.m., W.H. Johnston, Superintendent. Prayer meeting Thursday evenings at 8 o’clock.

Methodist Episcopal Church

Rev. L. Hartsough, Presiding Elder; Rev. I.N. Pardoe, Pastor. Services at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Class meeting on Sabbath at 9:00 a.m. Prayer meetings on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. Sabbath school at 3:00 p.m. R.E. Carpenter, Superintendent. (Editor’s note: I’m not sure if the pastor is Pardoe or Pardee – my copy is fuzzy.)

Baptist Church

Rev. G.W. Freeman, Pastor. Services at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday school at 12 p.m.  Theo Hawley Superintendent. Prayer meeting on Thursday evening.

Congregational Church

Rev. Mr. Brekenridge, Pastor. Services at 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Prayer meeting Thursday evening. Sabbath school immediately after morning services.

Episcopal Church

Rev. Mr. Mills, Pastor. Services at 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Sabbath school at 12:00 p.m. Beth Vincent, Superintendent.

Catholic Church

Rev. T.M. Lenehen, Pastor. Services at 10:30 a.m. Sabbath school at 2:00 p.m.

Evangelical Lutheran – German

Rev. J.L. Cramer, Pastor. Services at 10 a.m. Catechising the children at 1:30 p.m.

German Evangelical Association

Revs. G. Youngblood and F.W. Fisher, Pastors. Services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday school at 11:30 a.m. Prayer meeting Wednesday evenings.

Swede Lutheran Church

Rev. P.A. Pihlgren, Pastor. Services at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday school at 3 p.m. Prayer meeting on Thursday evenings.

Bible Depository

At Vincent and Meservey’s. Bibles and testaments published by the American Bible Society sold at cost.

The Seventh Day Adventist

Of Fort Dodge will hold meetings weekly on their Sabbath (Saturday) at the house of J.T. Reaser on Williams street. Time of meeting 2 p.m. An interest community cordially invited.

The Childrens’ Progressive Lyceum

Meets at Gue’s Hall every Sunday morning at 11 o’clock. Mrs. J. Swain, Conductor.

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Fifty Years Since They Saw Ft. Dodge

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: Aug. 2, 1905

Fifty Years Since They Saw Ft. Dodge

Tuesday Aug. 1 Marked The Half Ceutury (sic) Post For Family’s Record Here.

Vincent Family Are Pioneers

They Came Here in a Covered Wagon From Dubuque Over a Trail Thru Soughs and Rough Roads – City Was Pretty Young Then.

August 1, 1905, marked a milestone in the history of the Vincent family of this city. Fifty years ago on that day they came o (sic) the town of Fort Dodge. Mrs. George B. Sherman, Mr. Webb Vincent and Mr. (sic) Beth Vincent are the surviving members of the family of six and they tell interesting tales of the state and town as they then appeared.

They left the railroad at Dubuque, making the remainder of the journey in a covered wagon which, with a good span of horses they bought in Dubuque for just five hundred dollars in gold. ($11,554 today)

The road across the prairies and through many sloughs was hardly more than a trail so little was it traveled. They came by way of Webster City, then called Newcastle, and made the journey in about a week.

At Webster City they had the pleasure of spending the night in a hotel and sleeping on real beds. Their rest was broken by their first experience of a genuine thunderstorm. A building across the street from the hotel was struck by lightning and the more timid members of the family doubtless wished that they had not “left their happy homes.”

Factory chimneys and church spires being conspicuous by their absence, the site of the Fort Dodge was proclaimed to the travellers by a flag floating from a flagstaff on the height of the hill now occupied by the S.T. Meservey residence.

A bachelor uncle of the party not knowing what fate might have in store for him, made his toilet before entering the town. He shaved himself, using a pail of water as a mirror. If he did it today he would have to use a safety razor.

The inhabitants of the little town all crowded to doors and windows as the party made its way down the street, the addition of two comely women to society’s ranks being especially a subject of interest.

Among the families then living here whose names are still familiar were Mr. and Mrs. Albee, Dr. and Mrs. Olney, Mr. and Mrs. Plum. Mr. Dawley had brought his bride but a few months earlier. Mr. J.F. Duncombe, Mr. Beecher, Mr. Geo. B. Sherman, Mr. C.C. Carpenter were among the young men of whom the greater part of the population was then made up. Young ladies were at a premium.

The inhabitants of the town were settled in the old fort buildings and the Vincent family took up their abode in the theatre building, a relic of the soldier days. They lived in the dressing rooms and on the stage, stored their grain in the “pit” (the only wheat pit the city has ever boasted) and quartered their horses in the refreshment room. The children recall many pranks in this old theatre but the serious work of building a home (the first residence in Fort Dodge) was soon begun. The lumber was hauled from near Dubuque. The house was on the site of the present library building, but not to be confused with the brick house put up later by the family and only recently torn down. Webb Vincent, in a spirit of boyishness, turned the first shovel of earth in excavating for their dwelling so he can now say he did the first stroke of work on a residence building in Fort Dodge.

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Company “G” Prepare for Camp

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: June 28, 1905

Company “G” Prepare for Camp

Band and Company Will Go Into Camp at Des Moines Next Week.

Will Be Gone Eight Days

Full Membership in Each Organization Will Go – Two I.N.G. Boys Will Float Down The River in a Boat to Join Company.

Arrangements are being made this week by members of Company G and the band for their eight days’ camp which will be held at Des Moines, beginning on Thursday of next week.

The Fort Dodge company will be under the direct supervision and control fo Captain B.J. Price, who will accompany them on the trip. Nearly all of the members of the company are planning on attending camp and many are occupied this week in preparing their arms, uniforms and equipment. The showing of the local company last year was an excellent one and with the additional men and equipment that has been acquired since then an even better record will probably be made at this year’s camp.

Will Rohrback and Stafford Carpenter, both members of the company, will leave for Des Moines Sunday, their intention being to float down the Des Moines river in a boat. Their preparations for the trip are now under way and all is expected to be in readiness for them to start early Sunday morning. The young men expect the voyage to take them about four days and if they accomplish the distance in that time they will be in Des Moines one day before the arrival of the company and band. If possible a special train will be secured for the transportation of the men and baggage of both organizations. Nothing definite is known regarding this as yet, however.

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Historical Society Organized Last Night

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: June 26, 1906

Historical Society Organized Last Night

Shall Be Called Webster County Historical Society – Meeting July 10th.

Enthusiastic Meeting Held

Committee Appointed to Draw up Constitution and By-laws – it will be Affiliated With the State Historical Society at Des Moines.

A small, though very enthusiastic crowd of people interested in the organization of a local historical society met at the Baldwin studio last evening to discuss the feasibility of the venture. Captain H.M. Pratt acted as temporary president and chairman of the meeting and H.O. Baldwin as secretary. During the evening a motion, which all present were in favor of, towards exploiting the scheme, was passed and an organization was affected.

The early part of the evening was devoted to the discussion of the various plans as suggested by those present, a committee composed of the following members being appointed to draw up a constitution and by-laws:

Mrs. Johnathan P. Dolliver, Mrs. S.C. Carpenter, Rev. R.L. Breed and Captain H.M. Pratt, who was made chairman of the committee.

Arrangements for the next meeting which will also be an open one, on the evening of July 10th, were made. The meeting will again be held at the Baldwin studios, talks, illustrated by steroptican (sic) views preceeding (sic) the enrollment of the charter members of the organization.

The name decided upon for the society is the Webster County Historical Society, and membership to it will not be confined to the city, but will be granted to any resident of the county who is interested and willing to lend his or  her assistance in the interest of the society.

There are at present but eight societies in the state outside of the two state historical socities (sic). They are: Lucas and Decatur counties which were organized in 1901; Linn and Jackson counties organized in 1904; Washington and Poweshick (sic), organized in 1905; and Scott county organized about two months ago.

All these county historical societies are affiliated with the old state historical society, whose head quarters is at Iowa City. The Webster County Historical Society will also affiliate its organization with that of the state society, and will become an auxiliary member, at once, which will entitle it to one vote on all matters before the state board, and all historical publications issued by the state society.

At the close of the next meeting of the historical society five officers will be elected: A president, a vice president, a secretary, a treasurer and a curator.

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