In 1940 the population of Ellsworth was 444.
This next image about the opening of Miller's Cafe
by Verd and Agnes Miller
was published in the Ellsworth News on February
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 Gas Station
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 1C.
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 News.
1942 EHS Boys Basketball Team
This picture of the Ellsworth High School basketball
teams includes, from left:
Wayne Caudle, Earl Farwell, Paul Valde, Mervin Hanson,
Victor Brock, Robert Sogard,
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
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
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 processing buildings.
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
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 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
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
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
(The story above is from "The Ellsworth News" - 1945)
An account of Ellsworth's Turkey Day celebration is on Page