Kossuth County Historical Society

Kossuth County Historical Society The goal of our organization is to preserve and collect items of historical significance about the people and places of Kossuth County, IA, for the public.
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The Kossuth County Historical Society was incorporated in November of 1959 and is a member of the Iowa Museum Association. The goal of our organization is to preserve and collect items of historical significance to the people and places of Kossuth County, Iowa, and make them available to the general public. In addition to objects, we collect and archive photographs, records, documents and other historical materials. MEMBERSHIP Dues amounts are listed below and run on a calendar year basis. Membership includes subscription to the newsletter (one per membership). In addition to membership dues, KCHS welcomes donations, both of money and/or historical materials. As a qualified 501(c)(3), all contributions are tax deductible. MEETINGS Membership meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month (with the exception of June, July, August and December) at 6:30 pm at the public library unless otherwise notified. NEWSLETTERS The society also publishes a newsletter quarterly. To submit items for publication in a newsletter, please e-mail to [email protected] including “newsletter” in the subject line or mail items to KCHS, P.O. Box 722, Algona, IA 50511. To keep mailing costs down, newsletters are sent by email whenever possible. By providing an email address to us, you are helping us keep costs down and can be assured of receiving all breaking news from the society. RESEARCH CHARGES We will research and answer queries regarding Kossuth County and its residents. The Society charges $10 per hour, plus copying costs and postage. The minimum charge is $10. Your research requests can be mailed to KCHS at the address listed above or can be submitted via email to Nancy Yeoman at [email protected]. When the materials requested are located, a bill will be sent and upon receipt of payment, the materials will be sent to you. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ KOSSUTH COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP 122 S. Dodge St., Algona, IA 50511 (515) 320-4202 [email protected] _____ $20 IndividualName _____ $35 FamilyStreet address _____ $100 Contributing Name_____________________ Street address______________________ City, State, ZIP Code_________________ Email Address_______________________ Phone_____________________________

Some old calendars recently donated:1929 A.J. Brown & Son1938 Algona Cooperative Creamery1948 Zender's1949 Thuente Pharm...
03/25/2020

Some old calendars recently donated:

1929 A.J. Brown & Son
1938 Algona Cooperative Creamery
1948 Zender's
1949 Thuente Pharmacy
1966 Irvington Store

Remember any of them and where they were located?

Make your mark in Kossuth Co. HistoryGet a paver to be placed in our new Historical Pocket Park next to the Museum. Samp...
03/19/2020

Make your mark in Kossuth Co. History
Get a paver to be placed in our new Historical Pocket Park next to the Museum. Sample paver below. Call 515-320-0834 for details.

Anybody remember these movies? From May 17, 1960 Algona Upper Des Moines. Love looking at these old newspapers.
03/19/2020

Anybody remember these movies? From May 17, 1960 Algona Upper Des Moines. Love looking at these old newspapers.

Go  to any Hy-Vee store and buy the bag below.  The Kossuth County Historical Society will receive $1 for each bag purch...
01/16/2020

Go to any Hy-Vee store and buy the bag below. The Kossuth County Historical Society will receive $1 for each bag purchased in January. Other months just choose us as the nonprofit of choice. Thanks!

01/04/2020

The Historical Museum is open by appointment only until. April 1st. Call 515-320-0834.

Does anyone remember the Moe & Sjogren grocery store?
01/04/2020

Does anyone remember the Moe & Sjogren grocery store?

12/28/2019

Happy New Year!!
The Historical Museum will be open for the final day this year on Tuesday, Dec. 31st from 10am to 2pm. We will be open by appointment the months of Jan., Feb., and Mar., 2020. Call 515-320-0834 if you would like to visit during these times or have items to donate. We will be checking our mailbox so memberships and donations may be mailed to Ko. Co. Historical Society. 122 S. Dodge St., Algona, IA 50511

Look what I found on the stairwell wall going to the museum basement. It was behind a sheet of broken masonite that I ri...
11/13/2019

Look what I found on the stairwell wall going to the museum basement. It was behind a sheet of broken masonite that I ripped off. Preserved all these years. The museum is still hiding treasures to be found.

How about this? The rollers are covered with burlap like fabric. The top arm flips up and is squarish. Looks like it was...
11/10/2019

How about this? The rollers are covered with burlap like fabric. The top arm flips up and is squarish. Looks like it was mounted to something. About 30 inches long.

Here are pictures
11/10/2019

Here are pictures

11/10/2019

Does anyone know what this is? With the open end up, the compartments have curved metal pieces with springs that hold the wood square pieces against the sides. Hard to explain. About 2 feet long and 18 inches tall. Found in the museum old basement.

10/21/2019

Do you have a doll you would like to display in our Doll Show at the Historical Museum? It doesn't have to be old, just with a story or history, if possible. Call 515-320-0834 or 515-295-0799 for a time to drop off. We will be accept dolls from Oct.21 to Nov.15. One doll or a collection, please.
The "Santa Bring Me a Dolly" Doll Show will be Dec 2nd, 3rd, and 5th.

According to the label inside, this uniform was purchased in 1969. In 1979 or 1980, new uniforms were purchased so stude...
09/24/2019

According to the label inside, this uniform was purchased in 1969. In 1979 or 1980, new uniforms were purchased so students were given the opportunity to keep the old uniform. Nancy Engstrom Bahr took advantage of it and has kept it in pristine condition all these years. She thought the Historical Museum would be a good home for it and donated it in 2018. See it in the window at 116 S. Dodge St. and stop by the museum to see our other musical items. We will be open Saturday morning before the Band Day Parade on Oct. 5th.

Were you lucky enough to have this beauty of a dollhouse and all the neat pieces? It is made of pressed board with Renwa...
09/13/2019

Were you lucky enough to have this beauty of a dollhouse and all the neat pieces? It is made of pressed board with Renwal and Ideal plastic furniture/appliances/accessories. Donated by Judy Hansen from her childhood. She lovingly took care of it as most pieces are perfect. Thanks, Judy.

Thank you to Iowa Lakes Electric Co Op for their generous donation from their Round Up program. It was used for paint an...
08/01/2019

Thank you to Iowa Lakes Electric Co Op for their generous donation from their Round Up program. It was used for paint and repair of buildings.

Remember the Blue & White Cafe that sat on the SE corner of McGregor and Highway 169?
07/21/2019

Remember the Blue & White Cafe that sat on the SE corner of McGregor and Highway 169?

Thanks to everyone that helped get the museum ready for Founder's Day and helped those days. These are just a few.
07/21/2019

Thanks to everyone that helped get the museum ready for Founder's Day and helped those days. These are just a few.

Check out the Historical Society window at 116 S. Dodge St, Algona. Good old summertime.
07/15/2019

Check out the Historical Society window at 116 S. Dodge St, Algona. Good old summertime.

Did you or family play baseball years ago? Check out our window at 116 S. Dodge St. Lotts Creek, St. Benedict,  and Tito...
06/14/2019

Did you or family play baseball years ago? Check out our window at 116 S. Dodge St. Lotts Creek, St. Benedict, and Titonka memorabilia. Stop in for a visit.

Check out the vintage military display in the Wells Fargo window, 116 S. Dodge St.
05/27/2019

Check out the vintage military display in the Wells Fargo window, 116 S. Dodge St.

Does anyone know of Howard Briggs? And how this attendance certificate would have ended up in Alabama? It is from the Pu...
05/25/2019

Does anyone know of Howard Briggs? And how this attendance certificate would have ended up in Alabama? It is from the Public Schools of Kossuth County, Iowa and dated 1913, signed by Wm. Shirley, County Superintendent.

Does anyone remember these pictures made from corn kernels? They were done in 1959 for an art class at AHS. They are on ...
05/08/2019

Does anyone remember these pictures made from corn kernels? They were done in 1959 for an art class at AHS. They are on display at the museum. Look closely at the names.

05/07/2019

The Historical Museum is now open. Stop by and see the new items on display and our new basement.

It all started when we found these tickets for a bean supper in a drawer at the museum. We did some research and found i...
02/21/2019

It all started when we found these tickets for a bean supper in a drawer at the museum. We did some research and found it was started by the Civil War Veterans in the 1800's and was quite a spectacular event. We are reviving that supper this Friday using the same tickets, same place, same date, same time. We hope you will want to join us. We should be done before the bad weather hits.

Demolition of Kossuth County Courthouse
02/18/2019

Demolition of Kossuth County Courthouse

The Thorington Hotel stood where present day AMU is. Burned in May of 1960. 4 lives were lost.
02/18/2019

The Thorington Hotel stood where present day AMU is. Burned in May of 1960. 4 lives were lost.

Teenagers of Wesley. Early 20th century.
02/18/2019

Teenagers of Wesley. Early 20th century.

Harold 'Boy' Cowan, Eugenia Rist O'Haire, Herbie French, Louise Rike, L. S. "Bo" Bohannon, Ruth Dickinson, Perry Johnsto...
02/18/2019

Harold 'Boy' Cowan, Eugenia Rist O'Haire, Herbie French, Louise Rike, L. S. "Bo" Bohannon, Ruth Dickinson, Perry Johnston, Eleanor Haggard Twogood, Earl Sarchet, Vera Nearing, ? Nearing, Merle Bailey Aalfs, Mel Peterson, Helen Corey Herzog, Thelma Horrigan Selken, Charles Akre, Katherine Van Ness Hoenk, Harriet French Setchell, John Haggard, Meredith Lathrop Parsons

Harold 'Boy' Cowan, Eugenia Rist O'Haire, Herbie French, Louise Rike, L. S. "Bo" Bohannon, Ruth Dickinson, Perry Johnston, Eleanor Haggard Twogood, Earl Sarchet, Vera Nearing, ? Nearing, Merle Bailey Aalfs, Mel Peterson, Helen Corey Herzog, Thelma Horrigan Selken, Charles Akre, Katherine Van Ness Hoenk, Harriet French Setchell, John Haggard, Meredith Lathrop Parsons

Does anyone remember when Kossuth County use to grow hemp? These are photos of the hemp plant located where Snap-On is n...
02/09/2019

Does anyone remember when Kossuth County use to grow hemp? These are photos of the hemp plant located where Snap-On is now.

EARLY-DAY IRVINGTON - Part II
02/09/2019
EARLY-DAY IRVINGTON - Part II

EARLY-DAY IRVINGTON - Part II

We continue with our story about the building of the fort in Irvington for protection from the Indians following the Spirit Lake Massacre. ...

02/09/2019

Does anyone know how Little Africa aka Geigle Woods got its name?

EARLY-DAY IRVINGTON - Part I
02/08/2019
EARLY-DAY IRVINGTON - Part I

EARLY-DAY IRVINGTON - Part I

Every now and then I happen upon a little gem of history when I am researching an entirely different topic. The story that I am about to sh...

Does anyone remember Algona's beautiful courthouse?
02/08/2019

Does anyone remember Algona's beautiful courthouse?

Can anyone help answer these questions? This house located in Swea Township looks to me like immigrant construction. Can...
02/08/2019

Can anyone help answer these questions?
This house located in Swea Township looks to me like immigrant construction. Can you tell me 1. Am I correct? 2. Do others like this still exist? 3. Is it considered historically important? Thank you so much.

THE HOMES OF AMBROSE A. CALL, PART III
01/14/2019
THE HOMES OF AMBROSE A. CALL, PART III

THE HOMES OF AMBROSE A. CALL, PART III

After a short break to publish some special posts for various holidays, I am finishing the trilogy on the homes of Ambrose A. Call. Fro...

What a great recent donation to the Historical Society. Two tapestries in the Call home when it transitioned to the Good...
12/03/2018

What a great recent donation to the Historical Society. Two tapestries in the Call home when it transitioned to the Good Samaritan home located on corner of Hall/College Sts. Believed to be originally owned by the Calls. Possibly from the ballroom. Donated by the Lindquist family whose father was administrator at the time of the transition. One is stamped Belgium, the other France.

CARL HAGG, WWI CASUALTY
11/11/2018
CARL HAGG, WWI CASUALTY

CARL HAGG, WWI CASUALTY

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, 1918. The end of the war to end all wars. Today we celebrate the 100th anni...

Kossuth County Genealogical Society
11/09/2018

Kossuth County Genealogical Society

Don't forget to stop by our WWI exhibit this weekend at the Senior Citizens Center in Algona - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. New artifacts on display this year!

Update on the museum.  The floor is poured. The stone veneer is going on the exterior. Sidewalk and pavers installed. Sl...
11/05/2018

Update on the museum. The floor is poured. The stone veneer is going on the exterior. Sidewalk and pavers installed. Slowly but surely we will get there and get opened. Will keep you posted.

THE MURDER OF ANNA JORGENSON
10/31/2018
THE MURDER OF ANNA JORGENSON

THE MURDER OF ANNA JORGENSON

The Kossuth County Genealogical Society hosted a program entitled, "Murder, Mayhem and Madness" on October 30th. Many stories of murder a...

THE HOMES OF AMBROSE A. CALL, PART II
10/22/2018
THE HOMES OF AMBROSE A. CALL, PART II

THE HOMES OF AMBROSE A. CALL, PART II

The 1860 census which was taken in July of that year finds Ambrose Call residing with his sister, Mary Call Blackford, her husband, John, a...

THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY
09/09/2018
THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY

THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY

Anyone who grew up in Algona from 1905 to 1982 was very familiar with the Algona Public Library building. To me it was a special place I f...

Getting excited.  Forms up, walls poured, forms down. We have walls!!
09/08/2018

Getting excited. Forms up, walls poured, forms down. We have walls!!

Just a little update on the progress of the Museum. The footings are poured and the walls(forms in parking lot) should b...
08/26/2018

Just a little update on the progress of the Museum. The footings are poured and the walls(forms in parking lot) should be poured the week of August 27th. She seems a long way up there--38" higher. Ended up weighing 85 tons with an extra 15 tons of steel beams to keep her nice and level. Excited that after 6 years of talking and fundraising, it is really happening.

An update on what's going on with the Historical Society.  The basement of the museum is being dug out. One beam has bee...
08/12/2018

An update on what's going on with the Historical Society.
The basement of the museum is being dug out. One beam has been placed under with the next slated for around August 13th. The actual lift will take place a day of two later. A lot of dirt was removed that had fallen down and was being held by interior walls. If you come to watch, please realize this is a construction zone, so please stay out and watch for moving traffic.
The office building to the north of the museum is getting a paint facelift and windows reputtied. A few minor repairs left for the inside. Still waiting for a renter.
Wells Fargo building has a fresh coat of paint, waiting for a second coat. There is too much excavation dust to do much exterior painting until after 6 pm.
We have been busy. Can't wait for it all to be finished.

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122 S Dodge St
Algona, IA
50511

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 09:00 - 12:00

Telephone

+5153200834

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The Kossuth County Historical Society was incorporated in November of 1959 and is a member of the Iowa Museum Association. The goal of our organization is to preserve and collect items of historical significance to the people and places of Kossuth County, Iowa, and make them available to the general public. In addition to objects, we collect and archive photographs, records, documents and other historical materials. MEMBERSHIP Dues amounts are listed below and run on a calendar year basis. Membership includes subscription to the newsletter (one per membership). In addition to membership dues, KCHS welcomes donations, both of money and/or historical materials. As a qualified 501(c)(3), all contributions are tax deductible. MEETINGS Membership meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month (with the exception of June, July, August and December) at 6:30 pm at the public library unless otherwise notified. NEWSLETTERS The society also publishes a newsletter quarterly. To submit items for publication in a newsletter, please e-mail to [email protected] including “newsletter” in the subject line or mail items to KCHS, P.O. Box 722, Algona, IA 50511. To keep mailing costs down, newsletters are sent by email whenever possible. By providing an email address to us, you are helping us keep costs down and can be assured of receiving all breaking news from the society. RESEARCH CHARGES We will research and answer queries regarding Kossuth County and its residents. The Society charges $10 per hour, plus copying costs and postage. The minimum charge is $10. Your research requests can be mailed to KCHS at the address listed above or can be submitted via email to Nancy Yeoman at [email protected]. When the materials requested are located, a bill will be sent and upon receipt of payment, the materials will be sent to you. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ KOSSUTH COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP 122 S. Dodge St., Algona, IA 50511 (515) 320-0834 [email protected] _____ $20 IndividualName _____ $35 FamilyStreet address _____ $100 Contributing Name_____________________ Street address______________________ City, State, ZIP Code_________________ Email Address_______________________ Phone_____________________________

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Looking for information and/or pictures of Dr. George T. West 1848 - 1916
Our great grandparents, Thomas & Agnes Mitchell nee Campbell, with 4 young sons, migrated from Scotland to Algona Iowa around 1882. In 1883, they purchased Union Township, Lotts Creek land from Joseph Skipsey. In 1883, a 5th son, Christopher Campbell Mitchell, was born at 'Skipsey Farm'. This land was sold in 1884/5 to Josiah Bolle. Our Mitchell family then returned to Scotland, apparently because of "fires". We Mitchell descendants cannot find any information on these fires or any other disasters, their journey to Algona and formal birth records for Christopher. Can anyone help? Thanks, John Christie, Australia.
I am looking for any family member of a Harlan Baksaa (spelling may not be correct). I have in my possession an immigrate"s trunk. It is marked on the front with his name, Wesley, Kossuth Co, Iowa, US Amerika (yes, this is how America is spelled on the trunk). Please pass this on.
How much money did I spend to get this many stamps? I think the scraper was free!
Hello, from Scotland! My grandfather, Christopher Camppbell Mitchell, was born at Skipsy place farm Algona , Iowa in 1883. The Mitchell family (farmers) had emigrated from Fife to USA around 1880. I am researching this part of my family and I have a lot of questions about life in Algona around this time. Can you help please or direct me to annother site. Many thanks Jane Clark
Does anyone have an idea on if there are any state records somewhere that could tell me who the car registration belonged to? I assume Department of Transportation doesn't keep records that old....
Can anyone identify this house and its location? Written on the back is Algona house 1908.
I thought ya'll might enjoy this - this is a story I found regarding my GG Grandfather - Peter Paul Hegarty.
The Webster County Genealogy Society will have a speical speaker on Monday, March 12, 2018. Eowyn Langhoff 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. Please RSVP to our page or our email, [email protected] Please share this info. Thank you.
It seems I am related to Asa Call as my 6th generation grandfather on Mother's side...through Civil War Hero Andrew Call...pic...and his Son John H. Call...if there is any Historian I would like to contact Please do so...Regards,Lee C. Parker
1/2 mile race track at the fair grounds and the hospital
East side of Algona. Before Bertha Godfrey