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1850 — The former reservation of the Sac & Fox people opens to white settlement; a minor land rush ensues. • Fennimore County is authorized, with Muskrat City as seat of government.
1853 — The section that would become Agincourt is purchased by a syndicate of five Philadelphia investors. • Later that year, the Original Townsite plat is filed at the Fennimore County courthouse in Muskrat City. • Former Indian agent Amos Beddowes builds the first house at the townsite, a log cabin now in Riverside Park.
1857 — Agincourt incorporated as a municipality. [Population ±200]
1858 — Spring floods devastate Muskrat City for the third year. County residents vote to relocate the courthouse twelve miles north at Agincourt; the original Italianate courthouse building was cut in two parts and moved. Teams of draft horses required five days to move the building to a temporary bridge over Crispin Creek and then to the square set aside in the O.T. for a government building. • The Daily Plantagenet begins publication.
1860 — The Fennimore County Agricultural & Mechanical Society acquires approximately ninety acres for a fairgrounds on the west bank of the Muskrat River. Construction begins with grandstands and a race track.
18– — Bishop Kemper Academy open on the block provided in the original plat east of The Commons.
1888-1889 — Construction of the second courthouse begins from designs by eastern architect William Halsey Wood
1895 — The Merchants State Bank merges with the Farmers’ & Merchants’ National Bank and reorganize at the F+M+M National Bank. • Construction of The Blenheim hotel.
1899 — Enlargement of Saint Joseph-the-Carpenter Episcopal church, with the addition of new transept-narthex and baptistry.
1905 — An archaeological dig occurs at The Mound.
1907 — Agincourt celebrated its Golden Anniversary on October 25th (Founders Day), 1907 at the Fennimore County Fairgrounds, including horse racing and a major fireworks display. John Philip Sousa wrote “March to Agincourt” for the event.
1908 — Construction of the F+M+M Bank at 2 North Broad Street.
1909 — Service begins on the Northwest Iowa Transit Company’s [NITC] line between Agincourt and Fort Dodge, where it connects with the Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern. • The legislature authorizes the Northwest Iowa Normal School in a former county orphanage (vacant since 1905); Dr W.A.K.E. Reinhardt becomes the first president.
1910 — NITC right-of-way pushes westward toward Storm Lake; a branch line diverts from Fahnstock to the Station-Store at Lake Sturm und Drang. Twice-daily summer service runs to the lake from May 15th to September 1st. Construction of the Wasserman Block.
1912 — Fire consumes the Masonic Lodge at 1 North Broad Street. The lodge builds a third floor on the F+M+M bank across the street and donates its former site for “a public library or other community resource”. • Anson Tennant modifies the Wasserman Block and opens his architectural office in Suite 205-207. • A short NITC branch line extends to the fairgrounds.
1914 — Architect Anson Tennant receives the commission for the new public library; the program grows to include an art gallery and venue for banquets.
1915 — Anson Tennant sails for Southampton on the RMS Lusitania and disappears with its sinking on May 8th.
1916 — Saint Crispin’s Chapel is added to Saint Joseph-the-Carpenter as a memorial to Anson Tennant, thought to have been lost on the Lusitania. The crypt beneath the chapel serves as a Tennant family mausoleum.
1918 — Influenza Pandemic: the former Episcopal School is used as a hospital and quarantine facility, and a special section of The Shades was set aside for burials.
1919-1920 — Construction of Asbury Methodist Episcopal church (later Asbury UMC).
19xx — The Archers, a Double-A baseball team is organized and a baseball field established at the fairgrounds. • Northwest Iowa Normal signs a coöperative arrangement with the Fennimore County Fair board to share athletic facilities on the fairgrounds.
1936 — Anson Tennant is discovered living in the Basque Country of Northern Spain and reunited with his Iowa family.
1950-1951 — Construction of the new Roman Catholic church (Francis Barry Byrne, architect), dedicated as Christ the King. • The grave of Rev Manning is discovered while excavating for the new church.
1957 — The Founders Day celebration includes the Agincourt Suite, adapted by British composer Sir William Walton from the score for the Lawrence Olivier film “Henry V”.
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1966 — The “Historic Preservation Act of 1966” is passed by Congress.
1966 — The second Fennimore County courthouse is struck by lightening and burns, though arson is suspected. Commissioners interview architects for the new facility.
1968 — The third courthouse is dedicated on July 4th.
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2007 — Agincourt’s sesqui-centennial. American composer Daron Hagen writes “Agincourt Fanfare” for thirteen brass instruments; its world premier occurs on Founders’ Day.
2015 — The 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt is celebrated on October 25th, including the premier of “We Few” by American composer Daron Hagen, Agincourt’s official “Composer-not-in-Residence”. A tandem celebration is staged at the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead, Minnesota.
2016 — “Welcome to Agincourt, Iowa: the town that time forgot and geography misplaced” is presented at the Historical Fictions Research Conference at Cambridge, UK.
2018 — “The Old Urbanism: How Cities Happen(ed)”, an exhibit focussed on Agincourt history, opens at the Rourke Art Museum on Founders’ Day, October 25th, 2018.
2018 — Competition for the design of Saint Ahab’s Chapel at Christ the King R.C. Church.