Huxley Historical Society

Huxley Historical Society MISSION STATEMENT: To engage the Community of Huxley, Iowa in the preservation, education, and celebration of our heritage and ancestry.

We hope you have this on your calendar this coming Thursday!  We'll be in the basement of the Fjeldberg Lutheran Church....
04/28/2019

We hope you have this on your calendar this coming Thursday! We'll be in the basement of the Fjeldberg Lutheran Church. Refreshments too. :)

Something fun to do this coming Thursday!

Thanks to everyone who ate pancakes yesterday in support of the Huxley Historical Society.  Nearly 150 people ate around...
04/28/2019

Thanks to everyone who ate pancakes yesterday in support of the Huxley Historical Society. Nearly 150 people ate around 500 pancakes!! $1,100.00 was raised in free-will donations. Thank you, Thank You, Thank You!!!!

Change of venue for our Pancake breakfast.  Nord-Kalsem Shelter is getting new flooring.  So, we've moved to the Huxley ...
04/14/2019

Change of venue for our Pancake breakfast. Nord-Kalsem Shelter is getting new flooring. So, we've moved to the Huxley Safe Room. Bonus, the infamous Huxley Viking Ship from the Fjord Restaurant will be on display!

04/09/2019
Huxley Historical Society
04/07/2019

Huxley Historical Society

~TBT~  1957 farmers map
03/28/2019

~TBT~ 1957 farmers map

Huxley Historical Society
03/24/2019

Huxley Historical Society

An afternoon of painting fun on the front porch yesterday at the Maland Home.
03/24/2019

An afternoon of painting fun on the front porch yesterday at the Maland Home.

Great afternoon for a fundraiser paint class. The pretty little silver trays turned out beautiful! Such a worthy cause -- supporting the Maland Home in Huxley.

Tri-County Times
02/10/2019

Tri-County Times

40 years ago, the winter of 1979, a business opened in the Huxley Plaza and these three women were pictured, because one of them won a Sony TV. Can you name them or remember the business that opened?

~TBT~  This hospital is not in Huxley, but how many Huxley peeps were born in this hospital?  Original Mary Greeley Hosp...
02/07/2019

~TBT~ This hospital is not in Huxley, but how many Huxley peeps were born in this hospital? Original Mary Greeley Hospital building in Ames, IA.

"Tri County Time Travel".  If you weren't able to attend the Slater library yesterday for their monthly luncheon and pre...
02/02/2019

"Tri County Time Travel". If you weren't able to attend the Slater library yesterday for their monthly luncheon and presentation you missed a great one! However the presenter, David Baker, creator and author of The 29th State, has added it to his page today. Enjoy!

#SLATER, Iowa (#STORY County)

FOUNDED: 1886
FOUNDERS: A. M. Jenks
NAME ORIGIN: A colleague of Mr. Jenks with the surname Slater
INCORPORATED: 1890
POST OFFICE: 1887-Present
1910 CENSUS POPULATION: 426
2010 CENSUS POPULATION: 1489
LOCATION: Sections 29, 30 & 31 of Palestine Township

THE CREATION OF THE TOWN:

When the Chicago and Northwestern built its narrow gauge railroad in the early 1870’s it established a train station in the informally formed Norwegian community of Sheldahl. With the help of Jefferson Polk, a leading citizen of Des Moines, Sheldahl was organized into a platted community. This village proved quite successful, and was uniquely known for being in three counties at once—Boone, Story, and Polk. A few years later, the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad began building an east and west line. It came through Maxwell, Cambridge, Huxley, and all assumed it would drop south and pass through Sheldahl…except that it did not.

The railroad lost more money on the project than initially expected. Because southern Story County is in the watershed of the Skunk River (and Squaw Creek…and Ballard Creek), parts of it are very marshy and have a high water table. If you don’t believe me, drive north through Slater on R38 after a 1-2 inch summer rain. The railroad had to construct the bridge over the Skunk River at a higher cost than expected, and because of the grade, they passed just north of Sheldahl when the tracks were completed in 1882 and christened the area “Sheldahl Crossing.” Problem solved, right?

Except that it was not. There was an Iowa law in effect at the time, that every railroad junction needed to have its own station. This meant that there would be a Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul depot at Sheldahl Crossing and a Chicago and Northwestern depot at Sheldahl proper. On paper this seemed like a reasonable compromise, however it soon became problematic. The C, M & St. P. began dropping their shipping rates for freight, meaning that if the residents of Sheldahl could get their produce through the mud to the new station, they could save money. In conjunction, an elevator was built at the crossing as well as a store. The C & N protested, and there was also the complaint of confusion, having two depots within a mile of each other with essentially the same name.

Enter A.W. Jenks, whom owned the property adjacent to the railroad at Slater Junction, and whom was a regular at both the crossing store and elevator. He proposed platting some of his farmland for a town and even offered to give away lots to residents of Sheldahl. Oley Nelson was a leader in the Norwegian community and responsible for establishing the historic First Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sheldahl. He was also a state representative, and Jenks appealed to him. He agreed that all would be better off taking advantage of the new community. It was proposed to move all the buildings from Sheldahl to the new town of Slater. However, in the eleventh hour there were protestations from some of the Boone and Polk County factions. In the end 53 known buildings from Sheldahl moved, however the dissenting efforts prevented Sheldahl from becoming a ghost town in entirety (if you want to see what normal happens in this situation, look up Greencastle in Jasper County, or Peoria City, in Polk County. Sheldahl got off well)

Because so many businesses were already established, it did not take long for Slater to grow and by 1889, the population was already around 400. There was a school, and Bethlehem Church was constructed as the first place for worshippers to attend. A creamery was build which would last until 1971, and Oley Nelson himself donated land for a park. By 1920, the town had hotels, a grocery store, restaurant, milliner, general stores, IOOF hall, livery and feed store, and two banks. In fact, both of the bank buildings are still standing. As time and technology progressed through the 20th century, Slater adapted with mechanics and a garage on the highway. Passenger rail service ended in the 1960’s, however freight trains continued on for a little more than a decade afterwards.

Today, Slater residents primarily commute to Ames or the Des Moines area for work. It is a good midway spot between the two larger cities. The railroads are gone now, but residents and visitors can take advantage of the High Trestle Bike Trail and the Heart of Iowa Trail which follow the C & N and the C, M & St. P. Lines respectively.

FAST FACTS:
1) The exact origin of the name Slater is somewhat ambiguous. It was personally chosen by Mr. Jenks, and so it had significance to him. Some sources say that it originated with a friend of his whom lived “out east.” Others maintain it was a local farmer and landowner named Michael Slater. It is entirely possible that it could be both…or neither. Jenks rejected naming the town for himself however, and Nelson was also briefly considered in honor of Oley Nelson.
2) All buildings that were moved, were transferred in a similar fashion. Wooden planks were laid
3) Despite its rapid growth, Slater did not have a fire department until 1914.
4) At one time Slater had a Lyceum hall which was used for civic purposes like dances, musical programs, and Chautauquas.
5) Slater consolidated with Huxley schools in 1959 to become part of the Ballard School District. The elementary school in town is Ballard West and it was completed in 1993.
6) Just an FYI for the uninitiated……..Slater and Sheldahl still have a little bit of a rivalry between them!

TOWN MOTTO or SLOGAN: “Small Town, Big Community.”

TOWN FESTIVAL: Independence Day Celebration

DON'T MISS:
1) The Slater Historical Society building
2) Cole’s Restaurant - a throwback diner and ice cream parlor with excellent tenderloins
3) The High Trestle Trail bicycle trail.
4) Oley Nelson Park with the Log Cabin
5) The Slater Library

Taking a tour thru time with David Baker!
02/01/2019

Taking a tour thru time with David Baker!

Two Sisters
02/01/2019

Two Sisters

I'm so excited to show you the latest from Two Sisters. These fun repurposed silver trays are the best!

Two Sisters Paint Palette will be offering a class at the Maland House in Huxley on March 23, so watch Two Sisters Paint Palette for the event link. Hope to see you there!

These little beauties will also be available at "Just a Small Town Girl and her Friends" sale April 26-28 at the Slater Senior Center.

This is not the kind of history that we need ... brrrrr!
01/30/2019

This is not the kind of history that we need ... brrrrr!

There were numerous low temperature records that were broke this morning across the state! Here are a few that made the list. These were actual air temperatures not wind chills.

Due to the extreme cold temperatures and winds, tonight's HHS monthly meeting has been postponed until next Wednesday, F...
01/28/2019

Due to the extreme cold temperatures and winds, tonight's HHS monthly meeting has been postponed until next Wednesday, February 6th at 6pm in the Huxley City Council chambers. Stay warm everyone!!

The winds have been howling out there today. Winds have been gusting between 40 and 55-mph for most of the state. This has been adding an extra bite into the air if you have gone outside today. #IAwx #Iowa

If you're interested in finding out more about this 110 year old wood slab floor,  become a member of the Huxley Histori...
01/25/2019

If you're interested in finding out more about this 110 year old wood slab floor, become a member of the Huxley Historical Society. An individual/family membership is only $20.00 for a year and you will receive 4 quarterly newsletters.

Huxley Historical Society
01/19/2019

Huxley Historical Society

Lefsa .. Yum!
01/14/2019
A family bakes, a business begins

Lefsa .. Yum!

“Yes, please!”These are words exclaimed often in the room when Kaare Mehl carries plates loaded with his signature potato lefsa rolled with

01/08/2019
Roger Riley

Roger Riley

Stopped in at the Colfax Historical Society Museum for some fascinating background on this town's mineral water past, and grand hotels. Thanks Peggy Dvorak for the tour! Thanks Mike Borland for the drone video!

The 29th State
01/06/2019

The 29th State

Hello everyone! We're getting close to the new features. Before we dig in though, I wanted to make you aware of some events coming up. There are several opportunities to hear me talk about Iowa history, ghost towns, railroads, and interesting buildings. See if there is an event near you!

February 1, 2019 - Slater Public Library
April TBD, 2019 - Victor Public Library
June 8, 2019 - Mulberry Center Church at Willson Brewer Park, Webster City
November TBD - Pella, location TBD

Huxley Historical Society
01/01/2019

Huxley Historical Society

Happy 172nd Birthday Iowa!!!
12/28/2018

Happy 172nd Birthday Iowa!!!

12/25/2018
World War I Honor Roll
12/18/2018
World War I Honor Roll

World War I Honor Roll

The State Historical Society of Iowa is seeking your help for a new display that will honor more than 3,500 World War I casualties from Iowa.

Good Norwegian Christmas!
12/14/2018

Good Norwegian Christmas!

TriCounty Times .. Sept 23, 1971
12/06/2018

TriCounty Times .. Sept 23, 1971

Maland Home .. Elizabeth and Javerna always had candles glowing in the windows at Christmas time.
12/01/2018

Maland Home .. Elizabeth and Javerna always had candles glowing in the windows at Christmas time.

11/20/2018
11/12/2018
11th Day, 11th Month, 11th Hour Centennial of Armistice DayArmistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11to mar...
11/11/2018

11th Day, 11th Month, 11th Hour
Centennial of Armistice Day

Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11to mark the armistice signed between the Allied Army and Central Power for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. An American artillery gun named "Calamity Jane" fired a single shot at this time, known as the closing shot of the war.

Please join us at the Nord-Kalsem Shelter for some delicious pancakes made and served by local pancake flipper, Don Rima...
10/31/2018

Please join us at the Nord-Kalsem Shelter for some delicious pancakes made and served by local pancake flipper, Don Rimathe!!

The cool Fall morning temperatures are here.  Time for more of Don's special pancakes!
10/26/2018

The cool Fall morning temperatures are here. Time for more of Don's special pancakes!

09/24/2018
Sunday Sundae is here!! Please join us today on the porch. Lots of toppings to choose from .. including homemade sauces,...
09/23/2018

Sunday Sundae is here!! Please join us today on the porch. Lots of toppings to choose from .. including homemade sauces, brownies, & angel food cake. 2-4pm today .. free will donation.

Sunday Sundae is quickly approaching!

09/20/2018
Sunday Sundae is quickly approaching!
09/12/2018

Sunday Sundae is quickly approaching!

Our very own HHS president and his lovely wife were the Grand Marshalls for the town's Prairie Fest celebration!!
08/26/2018

Our very own HHS president and his lovely wife were the Grand Marshalls for the town's Prairie Fest celebration!!

08/24/2018
Don't miss out!  Tomorrow is the last Men on Monday & this Wednesday is the last for the Women.  So grab a friend or two...
08/13/2018

Don't miss out! Tomorrow is the last Men on Monday & this Wednesday is the last for the Women. So grab a friend or two and come set a spell on The Maland Home Porch and enjoy!!

Do you enjoy getting together with friends during the week to catch up? Then come and enjoy Konversation, Koffee, and Kringla (and a couple other goodies) during our special open houses this Summer at the Maland Home.

The Maland Home Committee is hosting 3 open houses this summer just for you! Men on Monday and Women on Wednesday!!

Please share with family and friends.

Happy 242nd Birthday America! 🎆🇺🇸
07/04/2018

Happy 242nd Birthday America! 🎆🇺🇸

Photos from Huxley Historical Society's post
05/28/2018

Photos from Huxley Historical Society's post

Do you enjoy getting together with friends during the week to catch up?  Then come and enjoy Konversation, Koffee, and K...
05/25/2018

Do you enjoy getting together with friends during the week to catch up? Then come and enjoy Konversation, Koffee, and Kringla (and a couple other goodies) during our special open houses this Summer at the Maland Home.

The Maland Home Committee is hosting 3 open houses this summer just for you! Men on Monday and Women on Wednesday!!

Please share with family and friends.

Thanks to all for the wonderful turnout this morning!  Served over 120 hungry pancake loving generous neighbors.  That's...
04/08/2018

Thanks to all for the wonderful turnout this morning! Served over 120 hungry pancake loving generous neighbors. That's a lot of pancakes!!

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