April 2, 2018 business meeting

The meeting will be held at 1:00 pm. We will be discussing arrangements for the speaker on April 20, 2018. The speaker is Dave Baker from the Facebook Page, The 29th State. He will be speaking about Ghost Towns of the Past; communites of today. This is a free event. It will be held at the Fort Dodge Public Library. We will be celebrating our 41st Anniversary. Please RSVP at our website, webcoiagenies@gmail.com

March 12, 2018 Speaker

UPDATE: This event has been canceled. We will reschedule later.

Monday, March 12, 2018, Eowyn Langholf will be speaking about wikitree and collaborative genealogy. She will speak for about an hour and then will answer questions and assist you in signing up for wikitree. You may bring your laptop.The event will be at the Fort Dodge Public Library and is free.

On this day: Jan. 10, 1918

Dayton Review: 10 Jan 1918

Pioneer Passes

The passing of Allen Dugger at the home of this daughter, Mrs. B.H. Sanders at Briggsdale, Colorado, on Monday of last week marks the passing of another of the pioneer settlers of this county. He was born in Macoupin Co., Illinois, March 26, 1836, hence would have been 82 years of age at his next birthday. At the age of 16, he moved with his parents to Keokuk County, Iowa, where he was married to Adeline Andrews, January 25, ,1857. In 1865 th ey came to Webster County, settling near Lehigh, then Tyson’s Mill, and lived in that community over half a century. Mrs Dugger died in 1911, also at hte home of her daughter, Mrs. Sanders, and Mr. Dugger has since made his home among his children. Three children have preceded him in n death, two passing in infancy, and his eldest son, Will, in Denver in1906. Six children survived, three sons and three daughters, Mrs. C.M. Watson and Mrs. B.H. Sanders, Briggsdale, Colo., Mrs. J.T. Collard, Commerce, Okla., J.A. and M.H. Dugger, Sybrant, Nebr., and C.S. Dugger, Barrett, Nebr. His remains were brought to Lehigh, and interment made beside those of his wife in the Beem cemetery on Wednesday of last week. Mr. Dugger was a good neighbor and a respected citizen always. He always took an interest in his friends and companions, as did Mrs. Dugger, and their home was always a social center for old and young. “Aunt Ad and Uncle Al,” as they were know among the young people of their day, always had a welcome ready, and many were the happy social events that are still remembered by the boys and girls of that time, given by this youth loving couple, in the hospitality of their home. A host of old time friends will sympathize with the family in their bereavement.

Winter weather

Our policy is that if the Fort Dodge schools are closed or have a late start due to weather, we will be closed that day. The current weather forecast calls for rain and sleet turning to snow overnight Wednesday, then gusty winds. So we will be closed on Thursday.

We are still open today (Jan. 9) and tomorrow (Jan. 10) from noon to 3 p.m. You can also call 515-302-9854 to schedule a time to visit during Fort Dodge Public Library open hours.

On this day: Jan. 3, 1918

Dayton Review: Jan. 3, 1918

Holmstrom-Thomas

The home of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Thomas was the scene of a quiet home wedding New Years evening, their daughter Inez being united in marriage to Arthur Leffler Holmstrom, Rev. N.E. Kron of the Lutheran Church officiating. The ceremony took place at six o’clock, under an arch of green and white, which formed the color scheme of the decorations. Frances Freeburn played Mendelssohn’s wedding march, and the wedding couple took their places unattended, the ring ceremony being used in the plighting of their voews. Bernice Lundlen sang “O Promise Me,” and “I Love You truly.” Only the immediate families, brothers and sisters, and a few girl friends, were present to witness the ceremony, after which a three course wedding dinner was served, her girl friends doing the serving. The bride was dressed in white crepe de chene with white dull veil caught up with smilax. Both the contracting parties have grown to manhood and womanhood in our midst. The bride is a graduate of our public schools, and the past year has been attending Grinnell College. She is a young lady of pleasing attainments, kindly considerate of these around her always. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Holmstrom, west of town, a young man of industry and integrity, who will make a success of life. Both a re popular and respected among their associates and friends. They will be at home after March 1st at Maple Ridge Farm west of town, which the groom will farm the coming year. We join in the congratulations and best wishes extended to them.

Williams-Kirkman

Paul Williams, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Williams, and Miss Milly Kirkman, a daughter of A.S. Kirkman, all of Pilot Mound, were quietly married at Boone on Tuesday, December 18th. A wedding reception was given them at Pilot Mound the next evening, Mr. and Mrs. Alva Linn of this place attending, Mrs. Linn being a sister of the bride. Both are well known and highly respected young people of that community, who have grown to young manhood and womanhood there. They will reside on a farm southeast of Dayton, which the groom will work the coming year. Dayton friends of the newly wedded couple extend them sincere good wishes for a truly happy married life.