On this day: June 29, 1917

The Fort Dodge Messenger: June 29, 1917
Peritonitis is Cause of Death
Prominent Young Woman Succumbs
Funeral Held on Saturday
After an illness of three months from peritonitis, Miss Jessie Markin, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Markin, died at the home 1013 Second avenue north, at 3:00 this morning.
Besides her parents, Miss Markin is survived by three sisters and two brothers. They are Miss Elizabeth Markin of Fort Dodge, Mrs. C.D. Nedderman of Madison, wisconsin, Mrs. A.J. Ware of Corona, California, Robert W. Marking of Seattle, Washington, and W.S. Markin of Clarion. With the exception of Robert Markin of SEattle, all the brothers and sisters will be here for the funeral.
The funeral will be held at the home 1013 Second avenue north Saturday afternoon at 2:30. Rev. W.A. Minty of the First Congregational church will be in charge.

On this day: June 28, 1917

The Dayton Review: June 28, 1917
Christen Gustava Swenson was born in Forrose, Saby Socken, Jonkopingslan, Sweden, June 30, 1858, and passed away at the home of her brother, C T Swenson, south of town, June 20, 1917, aged 59 years, 10 days. She came to this country with her parents in 1868, settling north of Pilot Mound, where she had since lived. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Manda Carlina Sandborg of Clear Lake, Wisconsin, and two brothers, J.A. Swenson of Albert City, Iowa, and C.T. Swenson of this community. She was a faithful member of the Mission Church, and lived devoted to her Master. Her funeral was held last Saturday from the Pilot Mound Mission church, Rev. Stenbock of Sloan, conducting the services, and her remains interred at the Linn cemetery. A host of lifelong friends of the family sympathize with the bereaved family in their sorrow.

On this day in 1917: June 22

The Fort Dodge Messenger
June 22, 1917
Two Divorces are Requested
Mrs. Denning Asks Custody of Children
Rehder Asks Injunction
Mrs. Mary Denning is asking an absolute divorce and custody of two children, in a petition filed in district court today. She alleges that her husband, Eugene Denning, has threatened to adopt her children away from her and she asks that he be restrained from bothering them now and after a divorce is procured.
Agnes Carter in a petition filed today, asks that she be granted a divorce from her husband, Oran Carter.
Edward Rehder asks an injunction against J.W. Smith, restraining him from canceling a lease for the Smith garage building, on First avenue north.

On this day in 1917: June 21

The Lehigh Valley Argus
June 21, 1917
Find Body of Drowned Boy
Ben Black and John Pray found the body of Delbert Haire, who was drowned in the Des Moines river at Fort Dodge, the body floating down the river to the J.B. Black farm north of town. Ben Black and John Pray had been searching for the body by the use of the motor boat for three days, when they were as last successful, finding the body lodged against some willows near the Black farm Thursday noon.

Celebrating 40 years

The Webster County Genealogical Society received its charter from the Iowa Genealogical Society in April 1977. This year marks 40 years the WCGS has been in existence.

Come celebrate with us from 10 a.m. to noon on April 29 at the Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave. We will have a program on Who Am I? Using DNA as an aid to genealogy research.

Refreshments will be served.

Please sign up at our event page on Facebook so we have an idea how many will be there.

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.