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First Official Trip is Made

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: June 22, 1903

First Official Trip is Made

Car No. 20, of Fort Dodge and Interurban Line, Makes Run Over New Extension.

Was Enjoyable Excursion

Thirty-Two Fort Dodge People Were Guests of the Street Car Management – Run Was Made to Race Track, Terminal Line.

The first official trip over the Fort Dodge and Interurban street car line was made Saturday evening at 7:30. The excursion was made in one of the new cars, No. 20. Manager Healy had invited about thirty friends, including the stockholders of the company to ride as guests of honor upon the occasion of the first tour over the new line.

No. 20 is a large, easy running car, and as the road bed is in good condition the trip was a very enjoyable one. The party left at the city park and rode directly to the new park where the guests alighted and were shown about the grounds. After viewing the park, the car was run out to the driving park which is the terminal of the line, after which the party was conveyed back to the city.

The trip was made without a hitch and the management received many congratulations upon the successful and early completion of the line. Manager Healy had charge of the trip; Arthur Comstock, superintendent of the Light & Power company was the motor man, and Thomas Wilson acted s conductor on the first run.

There are now four miles of track laid which makes the ride a pleasure trip as well as convenient for those living on the line. For the present two cars will be kept running on the line. The cars will pass at the Great Western depot. The management are now arranging a schedule.

Those who went out on the first trip were:

Ed Haire
J.J. Ryan
E.G. Larson
B.J. Price
H.A. Cook
J.E. Downing
Andrew Hower
W.I. Selvy
Frank Collins
Marshall Young
Will Laufersweiler
Louis Fessler
Harry Harps
M.J. Haire
M.J. Rodney
Jack Ruge
Robert Healy
Maurice Welch
G.F. Rankin
Will Healy
John Wolfinger
John Vaughn
Ed Welch
Tom Joyce
C.B. Hepler
John Campbell
O.M. Oleson
C.A. Roberts
George Flannigan
P.J. Tierney
B.W. Slack
Earl Robinson

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A Family Affair

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The Webster County Gazette: May 10, 1878

A Family Affair

That’s what that pleasant little happening over at the Catholic church Wednesday evening was to us. The groom, Mr. Anton Rank, is the binder of the Gazette & Messenger office, and an industrious upright young man whom we and all who know him, are glad to see on the way to a bright and prosperous future. Miss Kate Laufersweiler, the bride is the sister of one of our substantial business men, and a girl whose worthy qualities have made her beloved by a large circle of friends. The young couple settle down to life at once, having made all preparations to go to housekeeping.

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Receives a New Ambulance

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: April 27, 1904

Receives a New Ambulance

Handsome Vehicle of Last Design, Arrives For That Company – Red Cross Private Ambulance.

One of the newest acquisitions to the Laufersweiler undertaking establishment is an ambulance, snow white in color. It is the output of the Cunningham company, Rochester, New York, manufacturers of fine vehicles, and arrived in the city Monday night. It is fitted with all the latest equipment and is in every respect the finest thing of its kind manufactured. Hardly had the new ambulance been unloaded from the car in which it was shipped when a call was sent for its use, and a five mile trip into the country made with it. It is a Red  Cross ambulance and besides bearing the symbol and words private ambulance, has the name “Laufersweiler” in gold letters near the driver’s seat.

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