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A Timeline of Agincourt History

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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.

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