Who are these people?


This was posted in a group on Facebook. The person who posted said:

This mysterious picture was with my Grandmother’s photo collection.. There is no identifying information written on the back, but I am wondering whether it might have been some contest that was held at the Manson Fairground. I know they had foot races, horse races, and other contests in the early 1900s. It appears to be some kind of human-powered pulling contest. Or perhaps they are just horsing around, in the absence of horses! I am hoping that some of you might have seen it somewhere and can help put names with faces. I’m almost certain it was taken around Manson, since grandma had it in her collection.

So it may have been taken in Calhoun County. If you have any ideas on who the people are or where the photo was taken, please email webcoiagenies@gmail.com and put “Race photo” in the subject line.

January 2016 news

Our January monthly meeting will be at 1 p.m. on Jan. 4 in Room 134 of the Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave. We will have a program at 1:30. Donna Larson will talk about her trip to Ellis Island. We expect the program to last about 30 minutes.

On Jan. 6 and 7, we will be closed because the library will be closed for staff training. We will be open regular hours on Jan. 5 and the rest of the month, unless we have really bad weather. Check our Facebook page for updates.

Programs for 2016

We have set up a schedule of programs to coincide with our monthly meetings in 2016. The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. and the program will be at 1:30 p.m. and should last about 30 minutes.

January 4 (originally scheduled for Jan. 11, but changed back)
Donna Larson will talk about her trip to Ellis Island.

February 1
Charlene Washington will talk about black history in Fort Dodge.

March 7
Sue Lieske will discuss family surnames.

April 4
Martha Schmidt will talk about her trip to Salt Lake City.

May 2
Diane Esperson will talk about Swedish ancestors.

June 6
Joan Ewing will discuss family surnames.

July 11
Susan M. Olson will talk about Francis Scott Key – a relative.

August 1
We will have a planning meeting for Family History Month (October).

September 12 (special date because of Labor Day)
Carol Foltz will talk about some of the old schools in Fort Dodge/Webster County.

October 3
Family History Month
We will plan our holiday party (December).

November 7
We will plan the programs for 2017.

December (special date: Saturday)
We will hold our holiday party/open house from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the library.

Everyone is welcome to attend any of our meetings and events.