NOTE: This transcription of Ashley's Golden Jubilee 1888-1938, was prepared by Roger W. Ehrich on March 12, 1995 and is issued with the permission of Mrs. Betty Meidinger Lannoye, whose father was one of the authors. This work may be freely copied for nonprofit purposes.
Copyright 1995, RWE - 1407 Locust Avenue, Blacksburg,VA 24060, (703) 951-0458

NOTE 2: This transcription was downloaded from the Internet. Changes have been made in the format, but the content has been left intact unless it was not logical, or contained typographical errors. It might seem strange that the captions for some pictures are included. This was done with the intention of someday getting copies of these pictures so they might be included in this copy. Ronald W. Whitney, December 27, 1996.

A half century ago the place where the City of Ashley now flourishes was wind swept prairie. There were no trees, no houses, no fences, no telephones, no roads. Wild buffalo, deer and antelope and sly Redskins roamed over the roadless prairies, where we now find prosperous looking homes and fields of golden grain. From the few small homes and business places, which marked the beginning of Ashley, a fine city has grown and prospered.

This historical book has been compiled that the present generation may know the joys and sorrows experienced by our forefathers through the years of famine and the years of plenty; that we may realize the courage, the patience, the fortitude and the faith in God which was embodied in all pioneers who came and saw, and in seeing, remained and conquered. The high ideals of those early pioneers have endured through the years and now shine forth in the fine men, women and children who are the citizens of Ashley and McIntosh County.

Information for this book has been furnished by some of the pioneers and by others in sympathy with the project. All pioneers and their descendants were invited, through a questionnaire published in the local weekly paper, to contribute biographies of all early settlers. Much valuable material was gathered in this way. It cannot be said that all statements, stories and dates are entirely correct. Many who furnished data had no written record and gave the information from memory.

Should mistakes be made, and no doubt there are many both in grammatical construction and authenticity of material, please be kind, and know that the amateur writers doing the work builded as best they could with the material furnished.

The histories of many early settlers do not appear as no information concerning them was available. From those included in the book the reader may get a comprehensive idea of pioneer life in the Dakota prairies. To those who so generously purchase advertising space, to those who furnished pictures and information, and to McIntosh County pioneers themselves we say, sincerely: Thank you. You have made this publication possible.


In order to make this book easier to read via the Internet, I've broken the book into the following sections so that readers may choose the particular sections they wish to read. However, the entire book is worthy of reading and it my hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to do so. I've tried to break the book into logical portions and also to make the portions easy to download for reading off-line. Some page numbers will be listed twice as sections are split on page numbers. - Tim Stowell - 18 July 2001
Introduction - 1
Part 1

Dedication - 2
Officers, Directors, Chairmen - 2
Various Committees - 2 - 3
Jubilee Committee - 4 - 5
Memorial to Pioneers of McIntosh County - 5
Ashley Council of Officers - 5
Court House Employees and Officers - 6

Part 2

History of Ashley, McIntosh County and Other Communities - 6 - 15
Early Settlement - 15 - 16
County Officials - 16 - 17
Contrasts of Time - 17 - 18

Part 3

Agricultural - 19 - 20
Ashley School, Library, Band, Baseball - 20 - 25
American Legion - 25 - 26
Jubliee Dames - 26 - 28
Woman's Club - 28 - 29
Camp Fire Girls - 29 -30
Girl Scouts - 30
Pioneer Memorial - 30 - 31
Fire Department - 31 - 32
Better Ashley Association - 32

Part 4

Reglious Organizations and Societies - 32 - 43
GAR - 43
County Fair - 43 - 44
Postoffices - 44
Basket Ball - 44 - 45
Boy Scouts - 45 - 46
Modern Woodmen - 46 - 47
American Red Cross - 47
County Bar - 47 - 48
Ashley Commerical Club - 49
IOOF - 49
Lions Club - 49 - 50

Biographical Sketches - 50 - 177

Business Establishments - 177 - 190.

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