In 1940 the population of Ellsworth was 444.
Water Tank Blows Up - 1941
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"It finally happened! The long look-for "blow-up" of the town's
24,000 gallon water pressure tank took place last Saturday afternoon at
2 o'clock, and one minute later the town's water system was at a standstill.
The explosion tore out one complete segment
of the tank's steel plates, and put a hole in the north wall of the cement
block building large enough to drive a truck through. Cement blocks
were hurled out into the street, and some of the smaller pieces went clear
across the road. Fortunately, nobody was near, and nobody was hurt.
A consulting engineer has been
retained by the town council for the purpose of securing preliminary information
for the erection of a water tower and water tank. All this will take
time, and there is no question but that several months will pass before
Ellsworth will again have a satisfactory method of water distribution."
(This text was published in "The Ellsworth News" November, 1941.)
Dalbey's Station - 1941
This 1941 image shows Clifford Dalbey standing in front of his DX
at the intersection of Highway 175 and DeWitt Street.
Besides offering Free Air,
the signs advertise the products Kendall Oil, Firestone tires, and
Champion spark plugs.
Lutheran Church - 1942
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This photo looks north on Main Street on January 2,
The steeple of the Lutheran Church can be seen behind the trees
towards the left.
That church is also in the next photo.
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This picture from later in 1942, shows the Trinity Lutheran Church.
The photo was taken from the water tower, looking north. This church
structure was replaced in the early 1950s with the present church building.
There is a 1917 view of this church twards the bottom of Page
See Trinity church more as it looks today on Page
The house just south of the church was moved several several blocks
south to Dayton Street, and was owned by Marvin Brown, editor of the Ellsworth
1942 EHS Boys Basketball Team
This picture of the Ellsworth High School basketball teams includes,
Wayne Caudle, Earl Farwell, Paul Valde, Mervin Hanson, Victor Brock,
Duane Danielson, and Mervin Marcus. Their record was 19 wins,
and 8 losses.
1942 Sponsors of the EHS Yearbook
This 1942 image shows the east side of Main Street.
City Park - 1942
A group of good people got together and purchased the Ellsworth
Park with one check (seen above). Mr. Snow, a former Hamilton County
Superintendent of Schools owned this block of Ellworth and consented to
have it purchased by this group of people. Mr. Snow allowed it to
go for the taxes owed.
Otto Lande, Mayor, 1942
A park for Ellsworth is now a realization.
Mayor Lande and the town council have been negotiating with the Hamilton
county board of supervisors for several months for the possession of a
block of county owned land in the north part of town, and late last week
the officials were notifed that the deal is ready to be completed.
The block of land is on the east side of main street, a block and
a half north of the Lutheran church. The purchase price from the
county is $150.00, and a ditch assessment tax of approximately $18.00.
On Monday of this week, Gaylord Rorem and
Mayor Lande made up a subscription list which the latter circulated among
the business men and at the present time almost $200.00 has been raised
for the purchase of the ground and for the work that will need to be done
to get the park started. The subscription list is still open and
the mayor urges all who wish to contribute to call at his store and register
their names and the amounts they wish to give.
The park will cost the taxpayers nothing.
The cost of the land and the improvements at present, will be made by voluntary
contributions of cash and perhaps at some time in the future by labor donations.
(The text above is from "The Ellsworth News" July, 1942)
With everybody in town behind this improvement, Ellsworth in a few
years will have a park equal to any in this part of the state.
The Turkeys - 1944
A Central Cooperative Turkey Producers of
Ellsworth was organized in 1944. Many other area farmers joined in,
and by 1952 there were 70 turkey raisers concentrated in a 10 mile radius
of Ellsworth. At a peak, there were about 3 1/2 million pounds of
turkey produced annually. Eventually, the business was sold to others,
and later, the processing plant is the home of Uncle B's Bagel factory.
This first started in Ames and was moved into Ellsworth's vacant turkey
In 1966, the Louis Rich turkey processing plant has announced that
it would cease operations. Local farmers investigated how they could
manage to keep it open, but this was the last turkey processing plant to
serve Hamilton County.
Building of Turkey Processing Plant
Ellsworth's newest industry, a turkey processing plant, began to
take shape last weekend with the breaking of the ground for the new building.
The new industry, the Central Cooperative Turkey Producers, will
process turkeys for the market - buying them live from the raisers, and
putting them through the plant to be killed, drawn, packed, and shipping
to the city markets. The organizers of this new industry comprise
the turkey raisers in this community. At a meeting held last week,
officers and a board of directors were elected. The organization
will be governed by seven directors, of whom the following are the offcers:
Dwayne Hill, president, Scott Brinton, vice-president,
Wayne Olson, secretary-treasurer. The other four directors
are Elston Danielson, Frank Doyle, Howard Pearson and Raymond Thompson.
The organization will incorporate with a capital stock of $50,000.00.
This detail is now in the hands of the attorneys of the group.
The location of the new plant will be immediately west of the Thompson
Hatchery building with track facilities on the Chicago & North Western
railway. The building at present, will be 50 feet wide and
100 feet deep, one story, of block construction with curved roof.
Friday afternoon and Saturday the big trees on the site were blasted
down and moved out of the way. Then, into Monday, Ralph
Olsenís caterpillar bulldozer moved and leveled the dirt. At
the moment, work is going ahead with the preliminary work on the foundations
and cement work.
All equipment has been purchased on the eight-week delivery bases
and it is planned and hoped to be in operation by October 1.
According to recent survey, there are approximately 150,000 turkeys
in the vicinity this season. Although at this very moment, all plans
are in the early stage, it is judged the plant will employ from twenty
to forty persons, depending, of course, upon the number of live turkeys
delivered to the plant.
Plans for further expansion are in mind, but these will not be considered
until the first unit of the plant is built and in operation.
(The story above is from "The Ellsworth News" - 1945)
An account of Ellsworth's Turkey Day celebration is on Page