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Since the beginning of the Agincourt Project in the summer of 2006, more than a hundred people have come to play in the sandbox of history. What may be more exciting has been the even larger number of characters we’ve created to populate the place: quite literally hundreds of folks in various eras and every walk of life. It’s possible that I’ve waited too long to create this Biographical Dictionary of Agincourt Citizens. Let’s hope that some of them haven’t evaporated with my memory.

There are three categories of Agincourt citizenship:

  • Characters who are totally imaginary. They have been created to tell some part of the Agincourt story, or they may indeed have been forced into existence by some aspect of community history. Here something should be said about total fiction and “any resemblance between them and any real person is entirely coincidental”. Yeah, sure.
  • Characters who are real but have been conscripted into the Agincourt narrative. Some aspect of their actual lives has been helpful, even necessary, to carry the story forward. Many are unaware of their contribution to the project, however, especially those who were deceased before 2006. Otherwise, I’d have asked permission.
  • Characters who are real and willing participants in the project. You know who you are, and thanks for coming to play in the sandbox of history with the rest of us. This project would be impoverished without your creativity.

Some other abbreviations here and in the narrative include these:

  • CC indicates representation (as artist or subject) in the Community Collection at the Tennant Memorial Gallery.
  • NR indicates a property on the National Register of Historic Places or the owner of a NR property.

Entries here will be brief: NAME, DATES (if known), and a summary of their ASSOCIATION with the life and times of Agincourt, Fennimore County and the Muskrat Valley of northwestern Iowa.

A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF AGINCOURT, IOWA & VICINITY

  • AASLAND, Leroy (born 1935) — Artist from Thief River Falls, MN; painted the Ruffini Brothers Circus (though he didn’t know it at the time). CC
  • ADAMS, Benjamin Franklin (died 1888) — Brick and stone mason who came to Agincourt to build the second county courthouse, but lost his life in a workplace accident. (See: Adams, Maud)
  • ADAMS, Maud / Mrs B. F. (née Baldwin) (18––19–) — Wife of brick and stone mason Benjamin Franklin Adams, Maud Adams (née Baldwin) was widowed when B. F. fell from scaffolding during construction of the second Fennimore county courthouse in 1888. Pregnant and without savings, Mrs Adams was encouraged to open a restaurant, her prowess in the baking of pies having become a local legend. Adams Restaurant continues in business at its original location, 9 SW Louisa Avenue. (See: Adams, B. F.)
  • AHAB (4th century saint) — Fourth century Illyrian pirate and friend of Eusebius, Ahab, though not at the time a Christian, was martyred while saving the life of Eusebius. Buried in what is today Croatia, his bones were brought to Azincourt, France by withdrawing Crusaders. That and the former Church of St Ahab in Agincourt, Iowa are the only two places of Christian worship dedicated to him.
  • ALY AHMED, Bakr M. ( – ) — One morning at coffee, Prof Aly Ahmed asked what I was up to. The answer to that question conscripted him into the design of Agincourt’s Islamic Center, a building of 2004.
  • ANHAUSER, Ernest “Red” (1924-2014) — Watchmaker, long-time employee at Salmagundi; librarian at The Why (q.v.)
  • ARBOGAST, Grace (active 1920-1950) — Proprietor of “Grace,” a dress shop on East James Street.
  • ARCHER, Aidan  ( – ) and Cordelia  (née Parmalee) ( – ) and their children David (born xxxx) and Meredith (born xxxx) — Managed the Ironstone Manufacturing plant established by his father-in-law David Parmalee. The Archers’ home at 108 NE Agincourt Avenue was designed by architect Lawrence Buck (q.v.).
  • ATHERHOLT, Jerome (born 1955) — Artist. CC
  • BAGBY, Estelle and Walter — Proprietors of Bagby’s Resort (The Last Resort) on the west shore of Sturm und Drang.
  • BARNES, Benoni D., Rev (active 1910–1920) — Minister at Asbury Methodist Episcopal church (now Asbury UMC) at the time of its construction in 1919-1920.
  • BEDDOWES, Amos (1790?–1867) — Indian Agent and carpenter/builder; he desigend and built the original Baptist church in Agincourt in the 1860s. Husband of Sac & Fox medicine woman She-Listens-to-the-Moon (Sissy Beddowes, q.v.).
  • BEDDOWES, Circe / Sissy (a.k.a. She-Listens-to-the-Moon)  (1812–1900) — Sac & Fox medicine woman; wife of Amos Beddowes, de facto Indian Agent as well as a carpenter/builder.
  • BEMAN, Solon Spencer (1853–1914) — Architect and co-desinger with Bernard Maybeck of the Christian Science church in 1910. In addition to designed many Christian Science churches throughout the Midwest, Beman was also the architect/planner of Pullman, the company town of autocrat George Pullman in the southern part of Chicago. (See: Maybeck, Bernard)
  • BENDIX, William and Maureen ( – ) — Developed Riverside Addition and built the first home there, their own, in the 1950s.
  • BENEDETTI, Antonia / Tony (born —-) — Great-granddaughter of Anton Kraus and current CEO of Kraus Bridge & Iron (a.k.a. KB Industries).
  • BENSON, Raymond Leo (1924–2006) — Fahnstock native, Benson joined the Merchant Marine in 1942. He retired to Agincourt about 1980. Neighbor of Rosalie Oakes. [Benson is drawn from the character of a Fargo neighbor of mine.] 
  • BERNARD, Benjamin / Ben (active) — Computer specialist in the Department of Architecture & Landscape Architecture, NDSU.
  • BERNHARD, Kurt Eugene (1917–1999) — Married Grace Tabor (q.v.). Bernhard was previously married to Clothilde Sobieska, who died during the Nazi occupation of Paris.
  • BLEACH, Julian ( – ) — Cashier at the State Bank of Fahnstock circa 1910-1915. There is a real Julian Bleach but that’s another story.
  • BOROGOVE, Millie, Mimsy & Mitsie (born —-, —-, —-, respectively) — Though they dressed similarly and wore their hair alike, the Borogove sisters were not triplets.
  • BRAAKSMA, Nicholas (born ) — Recent graduate of the Architecture Department at N.D.S.U., he designed Walden Retreat in the spirit of Dutch Modernism.
  • BROOKES, Hamish (dates not known) — Owner/proprietor of Shelf Life, a used and rare book dealer formerly at 114 North Broad Street, above Vandervort’s Bakery.
  • BUCK, Lawrence  (1865–1929) — American architect, born New Orleans, Louisiana, but practiced principally in Chicago; designed the residences of Aidan & Cordelia Archer (q.v.) and Rose Kavana (q.v.), as well as other houses in Cedar Rapids and Dubuque.
  • BURGETT, William / “Bill” (died 1968) — Educator-Architect at the University of Oklahoma for twenty years. I worked with Bill for two years at O.U. and learned several important lessons in his third-year design studio: “You earn your effects.”
  • BURNHAM, Anita Willets (1880–1957) — Artist; friend of Anson Tennant and, subsequently, the Tennant family. She was the daughter-in-law of architect/city planner Daniel Hudson Burnham but best known for her 1933 book ‘Round the World on a Penny about her international travels with her family. CC
  • BYRNE, Francis Barry (1883–1967) — American architect, designer in 1950 of Christ the King Roman Catholic church in Agincourt. (See: Farber, Emil/e)
  • CABLE+COOMARASWAMY+BELL, Attorneys-at-Law — Law firm who acquired the former Agincourt Public Library at 8 East Agincourt Avenue as its offices.
  • CACHEMAILLE, Marie-Hélène (1780– ) — Born on Jersey in the Channel Islands; mother of Gaudeamus Tennant, founder of the Tennant family in America. The name is borrowed from N. F. Cachemaille-Day, an English architect I admire, born on the Channel Islands and designer of some of the finest British churches of the ’30s and ’40s.
  • CAPSHAW, Mercedes (dates uncertain) — Elementary school teacher. Capshaw spent two years as an exchange educator at a girls school in Poona, India.
  • CARSTENS, Henry (dates not yet known) — Owner/operator of a carpentry and furniture-making shop in Agincourt.
  • CERMAK Family — Owner-operators of a grocery and meat market on South Broad Street at May Avenue since 1948.
  • CLARA, a cat — Animal companion of Mrs Agnes Schoenfeld / Schönfeld.
  • COHEN, Moise (18??–19??) — French emigrant; not the earliest Jewish resident of Agincourt but a substantial contributor to community affairs. Cohen was managing partner of the Blenheim Hotel and one of the founders of Temple Emanu-El.
  • COOLEY, Benjamin Franklin, Rev (1835–1913) — Born in Granville, MA, Cooley became an ordained Episcopal priest; he served the local parish of St Joseph-the-Carpenter during 1886.
  • CORBETT, Michael (dates not known) — An almost-classmate of Howard Tabor. Ask me about him.
  • CORNOT, Gaston, Rev (dates not known) — Father Cornot was the parish priest at the church of Saint Ahab in Azincourt, France at the time of the Great War.
  • CRUCIBLE, Brother / a.k.a Brian Havergal Armitage (active 1920s) — Monk; itinerant carpenter-builder who, with two fellow monks, did restoration/renovation work St Ahab’s Roman Catholic and St Joseph-the-Carpenter Episcopal churches during the 1920s.
  • CRUTCHFIELD, David (born -) — Professor of Architecture at NDSU; adapted the former 1909 interurban depot as headquarters of the local power company.
  • CUIJPERS, Henk / Henry, MD (born —-) — Physician and surgeon at Luke, the Physician; renowned for his cancer-detecting dog Poppy.
  • CULP, Forrest and Myrna (—;—) — Father and daughter; the Culps operated an early tourist court at the west end of Agincourt Avenue on the approach to the Muskrat River bridge. North of their motel, the Culps also owned an apple orchard on the west-facing slope toward the river.
  • CURTISS, Corwin (1836–1904) — Father of Martha C. C. Tennant; Curtiss was a farmer in rural Cerro Gordo county who passed on his carpentry skills to his grandson Anson Tennant.
  • DICKSON, Florence ( — ) — Ms Dickson was among the first class of faculty at Northwest Iowa Normal.
  • DOWD, Chilton Fanning, Rev (1888-1959) — Priest at the Episcopal Chruch of St Joseph-the-Carpenter.
  • DUDLEY, Henry C. (1813–1894) — Architect of the original Episcopal church of Saint Joseph-the-Carpenter in 1878. (See: Proudfoot, Bird & Rawson)
  • ELLIOTT, Cecil Dean (1923–2003) — Architect and Educator, chair of the architecture program at NDSU for twelve years. He died too soon, before this project began, but his stamp is everywhere. He is a posthumous honorary citizen of Agincourt.
  • FAHNSTOCK, Rudyard, MD ( – ) — Physician.
  • FAHNSTOCK, Willis ( – ) — Brother of pioneer physician Rudyard Fahnstock, the family’s financial resources permitted Willis to pursue a brief career in art. After a few years at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, he returned to the Fahnstock’s old home at New Castle, Delaware.
  • FAHRENTHOLD, Ardis “Pippy” (active 1950s and 1960s) — Librarian at the Agincourt Public Library before its relocation and rebranding as the Fennimore County Library in 1970. She retired when the move was complete and then worked part time for the law firm that bought the old library. [See: Cable+Coomaraswamy+Klinghoffer][While I was an undergraduate at the University of Oklahoma, Mrs Agnes Miller was in charge of the architecture library. I think there is a lot of her in Mrs Fahrenthold.]
  • FARBER, Emil / Emile (born —-) — Roman Catholic priest; served St Ahab’s / Christ-the-King during the 1940s and 1950s. Friend of architect Francis Barry Byrne (q.v.).
  • FARNHAM, Hester Tennant ( – ) — A cousin of Augustus Tennant, Hester Tennant Farnham lived in Elizabeth, New Jersey, but summered on the Jersey Shore at Mantoloking.
  • FENTRESS, Barnet / Barney ( – ) — Friend and one-time suitor of the “Daughters of Flight” Ella Rose and Phyllis Tabor.
  • FERRIS, Frank (20th century) — WWII veteran Frank Ferris never lived in Agincourt; perhaps he never even visited. But his military uniform has come here from an estate sale in Omaha.
  • FIELDING, Grover (“Slick”) and Frances (“Franny”) — Residents of The Franklin apartments in the 1960s and 70s; imaginery characters based on two old Fargo friends, now deceased, Slick and Frannie McCrea, my neighbors at The Monticello.
  • FINNEY, Jasper (born 1979) — Director of Theatre Arts at Northwest Iowa Normal. CC
  • FISHER, Dominic (active) — Landscape architect and faculty member at NDSU. Prof Fisher’s second-year students are contributing their energies to several aspects of the project.
  • FITCH, James Marston (1909-2000) — Prof Fitch founded the program in Historic Preservation at Columbia University. His philosophy of preservation pervades the sense of community inherent in creating Agincourt. 
  • FLETCHER, Frank Morley (1866–1950) — British artist who introduced the Japanese ukiyo-e print to England. CC
  • FLYNN, Amity Rose (née  Burroughs) (died 1923) — Wife of E. F. Flynn; founder of the annual art exhibit in 1912 that initiated the Community Collection. Mrs Flynn paled in the shadow of her vainglorious husband but blossomed upon his death.
  • FLYNN, Edmund FitzGerald, Hon (1848-1895) — Entrepreneur, born in Boston, MA (so he claimed); elected 13th mayor of Agincourt in 1894, he died while in office the following year. Flynn and his wife Amity Borroughs Flynn are interred in the only mausoleum at The Shades.
  • FODE, David (contemporary) — Owner of Haeuser Heil Studios in Waukesha, WI; crafted the “Punch & Judy” window for the 2015 exhibit.
  • FRANK, a dog (died 1965) — Animal companion during Howard Tabor’s youth.
  • FROMM, Evangeline Grandbois / E.G. (1906–1959) — Anarchist and playwright; mother of Abel Kane.
  • GALVEZ y PAZ, Manuel Luis (born ca1885) — Craftsman and woodworker from Albuquerque, NM; built St Crispin’s Chapel, attached to St Joseph-the-Carpenter in 1915 from preliminary plans by Anson Tennant.
  • GLADDEN, Monroe and Edith — Owners of Agincourt’s earliest art and frame shop. The Gladden Gallery operated at 105 North Broad Street from 1925 until the mid-1950s. CC
  • GLEASON, Rennie (active 1930s and 1940s) — Theater director at Northwest Iowa Normal; founder of AREPO Theater Company in 1939. [Incidentally, Rennie Gleason’s given first name was Leonard, which he dropped early in life; Gleason’s mother Gwyneth was a cousin of actor Micheal Rennie.]
  • GLENNIE, Martin and Adah — Martin was an accountant at the German-American Insurance Co., who died in a freak accident in his photographic darkroom. Popularly, Mrs Glennie got the Scotch Verdict: “Not proven.”
  • GOODALL, Kenneth (1916–1964) and Rachel (1916–1999) — Spent several summers at Sturm und Drang in the late 1940s and 1950s. Their portraits by Enedina Zambrini Pinti are in the Community Collection.
  • GRIMALDI, Stephen, Rev (active 1900–1920) — Episcopal priest (OHC) and rector at Saint Joseph-the-Carpenter circa 1900-1920.
  • HAGEN, Daron Aric (born 1961) — American composer; wrote “Agincourt Fanfare” for the 2007 exhibit and “We Few” for 2015. Hagen is Agincourt’s official Composer-not-in-Residence.
  • HAI Yun (active 1950s) — A refugee from China during the Communist takeover, Hai came to Agincourt, sponsored by the Episcopal church. She taught Chinese at the College and painted landscapes and still lifes in vibrant Modernist colors. CC
  • HAND, Trueman (active 1940s and 1950s) — Handyman and jack of many trades, all done with precision and courtesy; known as “Handy” to most, but “Mr Hand” to me.
  • HEGEMANN & PEETS (active 1920s) — Authors of The American Virtuvius, Werner Hegemann and Elbert Peets had indirect influence on city planning in Agincourt.
  • HLETKO, Mary (1913–1974) — Teacher; Miss Hletko is, in fact, based on my own first grade teacher at W. W. Walker Elementary School in Bedford Park, IL. Thank you, Miss Hletko, for laying a solid foundation.
  • HOLT, Harold Russell / Hal (1920–2008) — Engineer; retired from his profession to become director of the Fennimore County Historical Society. His greatest legacy was creation of the Living History Farm on the old Vakkerdahl farmstead.
  • IANNELLI, Alfonso (1888–1965) — Italian-American artist, Iannelli frequently collaborated with Barry Byrne and Frank Lloyd Wright. He was influential in the design of Asbury United Methodist church circa 1920 and may have crafted its windows.
  • ITO, Tadao / Ted  (忠雄伊藤) (born 1903) — Japanese-American / Nisei; avoided the internment camps and worked instead at The Blenheim (hotel). The community conspired to protect Ito, telling all strangers that he was Sac & Fox.
  • IVAN, a dog (living in 2017) — Four-legged companion of Howard Tabor and Rowan Oakes.
  • JOACHIM & PERLMUTTER, respectively “Hans und Franz” (active 1910s) — Sioux City architects; designed the Wasserman Block in 1910, subsequently renovated by Anson Tennant.
  • JOHNSON, Jeremiah J. (born 1980) — NDSU architecture graduate and architect with the Cuningham Group, architects in Minneapolis, MN; generated graphic design, models and other invaluable insights and contributions to the project.
  • JOHNSON, Steven / a.k.a. Total Steve (born 1974) — Paper conservator and picture framer, Steve has treated most of the pieces in the Community Collection.
  • KANE, Abel (born —-) — Son of E. G. Fromm (q.v.) and an unspecified sperm donor.
  • KAVANA, Rose / also Kavanagh, Kavanaugh ( –1959) — Principal of Charles Darwin Elementary School. Miss Kavana is a composite of several teachers from my own elementary school experience.
  • KELLER, Wolfgang / Wolf (active 1915) — Owned and operated a wine and liquor store (Keller’s Cellar) on North Broad Street.
  • KENYON, Richard Wolcott (born 1944) — Architect from Avon, CT, and long time friend of RHLMR. Kenyon designed Agincourt’s Christ the King Roman Catholic church in the style of Francis Barry Byrne (q.v.).
  • KLIEN, Neil (died 1961) — Palindrome and sexton at The Shades. 
  • KÖLB, Reinhold, PhD ( – ) — Psychologist and psychotherapist; younger brother of Edith Kölb Wasserman and founder of Walden Retreat, a private hospital on Thoreau Avenue SE.
  • KOLOTKIN, Richard A., PhD (born 1950) — MSUM faculty member and practicing psychotherapist; oblique participant and source of psychological perspective and insight. Don’t ask him about the project; he’s ethically prohibited from responding.
  • KÖPMAN, Nina (born 1890) — Ms Köpman was born at or near Göteborg, Sweden, and emigrated to the United States in 1905 at the age of fifteen. She first came to Rockford, IL, where a cousin worked in the Rockford Watch Factory, and then relocated to Agincourt as a domestic in the Aidan Archer household.
  • KRAUS, Anton (1875–     ) — Born in Thuringia, emigrated to Agincourt where he established a forge and iron foundry which subsequently grew to become Kraus Bridge & Iron / KBIndustries. (see: Antonia Benedetti).
  • KRAUS, Anton, Jr. / “Tony” ( – ) — Son of Anton Kraus (q.v.).
  • KROHN, Martin, Jr. ( – ) — Barber.
  • KROHN, Martin, Sr. ( – ) — Fennimore county sheriff 1908-1918.
  • LaFARGE, Catherine / Mrs James (née Tabor) (born 1943) — Married to James LaFarge and operator with him of a maple syrup farm in Vermont; sister of Howard Tabor.
  • LAWTON, Virginia (died 2009) — Mrs Lawton was my seventh grade science teacher at Otis P. Graves Junior High School in Argo, Illinois. Her cameo role in Agincourt springs from my deep respect for what she gave her students.
  • LEIDEN, Gerald, PhD (born 1968) — Professor of Music at Northwest Iowa Normal College and choir director at Saint Joseph-the-Carpenter Episcopal church. Leiden initiated the “Lessons and Carols” as a new holiday tradition in 2002. Leiden’s largest commission is “Shananditti”, an oratorio based on the decimation of a Native American tribe in Newfoundland.
  • LIPINSKY, Salvatore / Sal ( – ) — Chicago mobster and benefactor of an orphanage.
  • LLOYD, Burton / Burt ( – ) — Manager of the Northwest Iowa Traction Company. Husband of Molly Tennant and brother-in-law of Anson.
  • LUND, Per-Edvard-Anders (1900–1977) — Swedish concert pianist prior to his arrival at Northwest Iowa College to head its Music Conservatory.
  • LISLE, Ada (dates uncertain) — Miss Lisle is patterned after Robina Lyle, the public health nurse in my grade school, a beloved character from my past preserved in the Agincourt story.
  • LUNKWILL (Zadok) & FOOK (B. D.) (active 1920s) — Messrs Lunkwill and Fook were Revivalists who conducted a ten-day rally in Agincourt during July 1926. Their ramshackle wood tabernacle was erected on the Parsons farm south of Crispin Creek near the Broad Street bridge, walking distance from town.
  • LYMPANY, Moura (a.k.a. Mary Gertrude Johnstone) (1916–2005) — British artist and concert pianist. CC
  • MAINWARING, Janice (dates uncertain) — Head of the Domestic Arts division at the Fennimore County Fair during the 1940s and 1950s; laid out the Victory Gardens along the north bank of Crispin Creek.
  • MANNING, Francis / Frances, Rev (18– – ) — Founding priest of Saint Ahab Roman Catholic parish during the 1860s.
  • MARSH, Anthemia (active 1940s) — Marsh and her cousin Franny Fielding were involved with both sales and alterations at “Grace,” the couturier dress shop of Grace Arbogast.
  • MARTENS, Steven C. (born —-) — Professor Emeritus of Architecture at NDSU; designed Agincourt’s 1938 WPA-inspired city hall.
  • MAYBECK, Bernard ( 1862–1957) — Architect and co-designer of Agincourt’s Church of Christ, Scientist in 1910. The Christian Science church in Berkeley, California is one of Maybeck’s signature works. (see: Beman, S.S.)
  • McCREA, Fred /”Slick” (1898–1973) and Frances /”Franny” (1891–1983) — Former neighbors and friends in the 1970s; look for them elsewhere in the story line as the Fieldings.
  • McGINNIS, Marshall (1896–1918) — Born in rural Fahnstock, McGinnis graduated from Agincourt high school. He was the community’s first casualty in WWI.
  • MEIER, Gideon / Gidon ( – ) — Businesman and community leader, Meier operated an engraving plant. He was one of the founders of Temple Emanu-El.
  • MEIER, John & Sons — Contractors and builders, 1900-1920. 
  • MENDELSSOHN, Erich (1887–1953) — German-American architect; designed Temple Emanu-El in 1953, one of this last buildings.
  • MENDLESOHN, Farah (born 1968) — British academic and founder of the Historical Fictions Research Network; Dr Mendlesohn is an honorary citizen of Agincourt.
  • MERTZ, Mandel (born ) — NDSU Architecture graduate and now apprentice architect; participated in the first Agincourt exhibit, designing a barn which had been a station on the Underground Railroad.
  • MEYER, Christopher (born —-) — Student of architecture and fourth-generation ironmonger, Christopher has fashioned a wrought iron wreath for Agincourt’s public library of 1915.
  • MILLER, Annabelle / “Belle” (née Schert) (born 1860) — Tobacconist; proprietor of “Mrs Miller’s Enterprise”, Agincourt’s first purpose-built house of ill repute (see: Armand Schert).
  • MILLER, Cassius Hyde (died 1896) — Tobacconist.
  • MINARIK, Francis Xavier (dates unknown) — Proprietor of a meat market on North Broad Street during the 1920s and 1930s.
  • MISSBACH, Marilla Thurston (1925–1996) — A friend of the project in principal, if not in fact. She became the first posthumous honorary citizen of Agincourt.
  • MITCHELL, Julian Gordon (born 1968) — British artist. CC
  • MOONY, Robert James Enraght (1879-1946) — Irish artist who spent the majority of his productive life in England. CC
  • MORENO, Jacob Levy (1889–1974) — Austrian psychologist and creator of Drama Therapy; Reinhold Kölb (q.v.) was his friend and disciple.
  • MUNRO, Elinore / Elie — Amateur archaeologist of the Etruscans and mother of Larth Munro.
  • NOWATSKI, Brad (contemporary — Proprietor of Nowatski Electric and silent partner in The Periodic Table with his wife Rosemary Plicka. 
  • OAKES, Rosalie (dates not known) — Mother of Rowan Oakes and neighbor of Ray Benson. Posey is based on my mother-in-law Rosalie Vandervort.
  • OAKES, Rowan (born 1951) — Retired high school history teacher; husband of Howard Tabor.
  • OKKEMA [family] — Farming family in rural Grou; producers of cheese and pork.
  • OLIPHANT, John Michael (–) — Founded the Mutual Building Association with Gordon Thursby (q.v.); husband of Claire Ball Tennant.
  • O’ROURKE, James Paul / Tiernan  (1933–2011) — Director of the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead, Minnesota, site of the first Agincourt exhibition in 2007. Sometime friend of RHLMR. The second exhibit also took place at the Rourke and closed on 25 October 2015, 600th anniversary of the actual Battle of Agincourt. We hope Jim would have approved.
  • PANDORA LOCK & KEY — Locksmiths in Agincourt; established 1974. Their motto: “Are you sure you want that open?”
  • PARKS, Alec (died 1995) and Margaret — English visitors to Agincourt in the Spring of 1990. Alec and Margaret are known hereabouts as “the English People.” Alec and I became friends during a correspondence concerning local history in East Sussex. He and Margaret subsequently came for a two week visit and stayed in our hearts. They are remembered as #7 in the Ghosts of Christmas Past. Honorary Citizens.
  • PARSONS, Uriah (active 1900-1930) — The Parsons farmstead was situated on the south bank of Crispin Creen and the east side of Broad Street. It was subsequently developed for single-family housing in the 1960s.
  • PAUL, Michael / Mike (born 1956) — Artist in Sioux Falls, SD. CC
  • PHERSON, Cliff (1917–1979) — Owner/operator of a gasoline station and garage at Broad and May streets. If Cliff sounds a lot like my dad, it wouldn’t surprise me at all.
  • PLIČKA, Rosemary (born ) — Owner of The Periodic Table, a restaurant in the Wasserman Block.
  • PLINY’S PURSE — Charitable fund named for Pliny Tennant, middle brother of the Tennant founders of Agincourt.
  • POGEMILLER, Harry (born ) — Bartender at The Roost on Highway 7. Renowned for his photographic memory, so be careful what you say under the influence.
  • POPPY, a dog — Discovered by Dr. Henk Cuijpers to have cancer-detecting abilities through her sense of smell.
  • PROUDFOOT, BIRD & RAWSON (active 1890–1910) — Des Moines architectural firm; remodeled and enlarged St Joseph-the-Carpenter Episcopal church in 1898. (See: Dudley, Henry)
  • PYNE, Joseph, Officer ( – ) — Fennimore County sheriff during the Great Depression. (see: Ruffini Brothers Circus)
  • RAMSAY, Ronald H.L.M. / a.k.a. RHLMR (born 1945) — Curator of the Agincourt Project and founder/editor of this blog. There are those who claim that he, too, is a work of fiction. Ramsay is reflected here as “Whitey” among the Ghosts of Christmas Past. Ramsay’s fingerprints are everywhere throughout the project despite his efforts toward invisibility. “Pay no attention to the man behind the computer screen!”
  • RAMSEY, Clara Frances, née Markiewicz (born 1891)— The Curator’s grandmother.
  • RAMSEY, Margery Ann (née Miller) — First wife of Roy C. Ramsey (see below). Enough said.
  • RAMSEY, Roy Clifford (1917–1979) — The Curator’s father. Not nearly enough said.
  • REINHARDT, Wilhelm August Karl Ernst, PhD (1874–1959) — Born in Hildesheim, Germany, and a graduate of Göttingen University, Reinhardt emigrated to the United States about 1904 and taught at Washington University before accepting the first presidency of the new Northwest Iowa Normal School in 1915.
  • REMÉNYI, Ede / Eduard (1828-1898) — Concert violinist Reményi was born Eduard Hoffmann but chose the more exotic surname from his native Hungary. A refugee from the 1848 political revolution in his homeland, he fled to America and remained here for the majority of his professional career. Reményi performed at the 1893 grand opening of The Auditorium. He died in 1898 during a concert in San Francisco.
  • RICKER, Susan Knox (1874–1959) — New Hampshire artist who painted the portrait of Dr Wilhelm Reinhardt (q.v.). CC
  • ROBINSON, Charles Mulford (1869–1917) — Journalist-turned-city-planner, Robinson spoke at the invitation of the Commercial Club to promote the “City Beautiful” movement.
  • ROEBUCK, Robert Clauson (born 1963) — Professor of History at Northwest Iowa College; occasional contributor to the Daily Plantagenet.
  • ROLFE, Frederick William Serafino Austin Lewis Mary (a.k.a. Baron Corvo) (1860-1913) — Namesake of a literary festival at NIN.
  • RUFFINI Brothers Circus (active 1930s) — Travelling carnival which entertained Fennimore county during the 1930s.
  • RUTTER, Brad ( – ) — Craftsman who fabricated the door to Anson Tennant’s architectural office. (see: Salyards, Dan)
  • RUTTER, Jonathan Taylor (born 19–) — Artist living in Moorhead, MN, Rutter has painted the portrait of Martha Tennant and is at work on other pieces. CC
  • SALYARDS, Daniel Monaghan (born 1985) — NDSU architecture graduate; stained glass craftsman who designed and fabricated the window from Anson Tennant’s office door. (see: Rutter, Brad)
  • SCHERT, Armand (born 1866) — Drayman and keeper of a house of ill repute (see: Annabelle Miller).
  • SCHOENFELD / SCHÖNFELD, Agnes (dates) — Mrs Schoenfeld’s cat Clara is connected with several paranormal incidents.
  • SCHÜTZ family — Several generations of Schützes have been builders in the area and also active in parish life at Christ the King.
  • SHELLABARGER, Fred David (1918–2002) — “Shell” taught architectural history at the University of Oklahoma. He tried to teach me both history and design; you be the judge. It was as an draughtsman at Fred’s office that I met Richard Kenyon (q.v.).
  • SHE-LISTENS-TO-THE-MOON — See: Beddowes, Circe
  • SIBLEY, Ellen Jean (1926–) — Artist; daughter of Howard and Dorothy Sibley who farmed north of Fahnstock. Ms Sibley won an award for her painting “Farmer and Two Hens” at the 1941 Fennimore County Fair.
  • SILSBEE, Joseph Lyman (1848–1913) — Chicago architect and friend of James and Martha Tennant; designed their home at 108 Second Street NE.
  • SIMINI, Roberta, Professor (active) — Professor Simini is a member of the faculty at the University of Bari in Italy and honorary citizen of Agincourt. As the niece of Enedina Zambrini Pinti (q.v.), Dr Simini provided valuable biographical information about her aunt, whose art is part of the Community Collection.
  • SIMMONS, William A., Jr (1879–1968) — Stock and bond broker and financial consultant.
  • SOUSA, John Philip (1854–1932) — The March King wrote “March to Agincourt” for the city’s 50th anniversary in 1907.
  • SPAULDING-GRAFF, ffiona (dates not known) — Author and friend of Phyllis Tabor.
  • SPOFFORD, Emma (born 1965) — While a student at Northwest Iowa Normal College, Ms Spofford was part of a student tour of the United Kingdom. During her leisure time, she found an undervalued painting in the Portobello Road Flea Market and gave it to the Community Collection. CC
  • STEELE, Frank and Susan (active 1910–1930) — Two of their children, Jack and Miles, died in the influenza epidemic of 1918.
  • STEUBEN, Lawrence (born 1954) — Chief of Agincourt’s municipal Department of Building Inspection.
  • SULLIVAN, Louis Henry (1856–1924) — Chicago architect and “Founder of the Feast”.
  • ŠVEC, Miloš (dates unknown) — During 1943-1945, Czech author and political dissident Miloš Švec took refuge as an adjunct faculty member at Northwest Iowa Normal School [NINS].
  • SZOLNAY, Sandor (1880–1968) — Hungarian-born tailor employed in the Men’s Department of De Bijenkorf Department Store.
  • TABOR, Benjamin Franklin (1881– ) and Lucy Corwin (née Tennant) (1889– ) — Parents of Ella Rose, Phyllis, Dwight, Warren and Mary Grace.
  • TABOR, Ella Rose and Phyllis (twins; born 1912) — “The Daughters of Flight”; Fennimore county’s pioneer aviatrices. Ella Rose died mysteriously during the Japanese invasion of China in the 1930s; Phyllis passed quietly in 2012 at the age of 100.
  • TABOR, Howard Alan / Anson (born 1945) — Journalist/writer for The Daily Plantagenet, Tabor is a member of the extended Tennant family and a chronicler of what passes for local history. Tabor changed his middle name to honor his great-uncle architect Anson Tennant. He is married to Rowan Oakes (q.v.).
  • TABOR, Mary Grace (1920–2012) — Founded Agincourt’s Montessori school circa 1951. (see: Bernhard, Kurt Eugene)
  • TABOR, Warren (died 1995) and Ruth Ellen (née McBride; died 1998) — Businessman and father of Catherine Tabor LaFarge (q.v.) and Howard Tabor; twin with Dwight Tabor.
  • TAYLOR RUTTER, Jonathan — See: RUTTER, Jonathan Taylor
  • TENNANT, Anson Curtiss (1890–1915/1968) — “Patient Zero”
  • TENNANT, Augustus James (1861–1919) — Husband of Martha Corwin Curtiss Tennant and father of four children: Lucy, Anson, Molly and Claire.
  • TENNANT, Gaudeamus ( – ) — Bastard and Founder of the Feast and father of three: Augustus James, Sophia Iphigeneia, and Phoebe Jocasta. “Gaudeamus” means “We are grateful.”
  • TENNANT, Martha Corwin (née Curtiss) (1868–1948) — Daughter of Corwin Curtiss and native of Mason City, Iowa.
  • TENNANT, Pliny, Virgil and Horace (born 1832, 1834, 1835 respectively) — Three sons of Gaudeamus Tennant (q.v.). See: PLINY’S PURSE
  • THURSBY, Gordon (—-) — Twelfth mayor of Agincourt [1891-1894], Thursby managed the Home Building Association.
  • TIERNEY, James Edward / Seamus (1933–2011) — Theater director and founder of the Prairie Playhouse, Tierney is a faintly disguised character from real life who many Agincourt readers will recognize.
  • URNESS, Cindy / Mrs Mark Barnhouse (born —-) — Professor of Architecture at NDSU; conceived The Women’s Club at Second Street and James Avenue NW.
  • URRUTIA, Graxi  ( – ) — Nurse at the convent hospital in Donostiako (San Sabastian), in Spain’s Basque Country, she attended Anson Tennant during his recovery after the Lusitania sinking; they subsequently married and had three children, Aitor, Alize and Mikel. Since Tennant suffered form amnesia at the time, the children bear the Urrutia surname of their mother.
  • VAKKERDAHL Family — Owned and operated Vakkerdahl Farms and the Beautiful Valley Creamery until it was given to the Fennimore County Historical Society in the 1970s.
  • VAN DER RIJN Family — Owners of Agincourt’s home-grown department store, De Bijenkorf.
  • VAN KANNEL, Theo — Pharmacist at Agincourt Sanitary Drug; nephew of Theophilus Van Kannel.
  • VAN KANNEL, Theophilus (1841 – 1919) —Inventor of the revolving door, patented on 07 August 1888; uncle of Theo Van Kannel. Agincourt’s first (and possibly only) revolving door was installed in the FM&M Bank in 1908.
  • VANDERVORT, Peter (born 1951) — Costume designer who built Mollie Tennant’s wedding dress for the exhibit of 2007. For 2015, he built the “Centennial Quilt.”
  • VANDERVORT, Piet (1851–?) — Established Vandervort’s Bakery at 114 North Broad Street in the 1880s.
  • VARENHORST, Candace (Rev) (born  ) — Current senior pastor at Asbury United Methodist church.
  • WALTON, William, Sir (1902–1983) — From his retirement home on the island of Ischia, Sir William wrote a suite (drawn from his film score for “Henry V”) for the Agincourt centennial in 1957.
  • WASSERMAN, Carl/Karl (1900–1972) — Long time professor of art at Northwest Iowa Normal. CC
  • WASSERMAN, Edith (née Kölb) ( – ) — Wife of Franz Wasserman, mother of Carl and sister of Dr Reinhold Kölb (q.v.).
  • WASSERMAN, Franz ( – ) — Owner/operator of Wasserman’s Hardware. The business closed in the 1990s, though the building (designed by Joachim & Perlmutter (q.v.) and remodeled by Anson Tennant) survives as a restaurant and a  bed-and-breakfast.
  • WEISE, Edward (1899–1958) — Omaha high school principal. CC
  • WEISE, Ellen (born ) — NINS faculty member in English, she is the daughter of Edward Weise. Professor Weise is Keeper of the Community Collection.
  • WENTWORTH, Forrest (Active 1920s) — Artist; painted the portrait of Martha Tennant in the Community Collection. CC
  • WOOD, William Halsey (1855-1897) — Architect famous as one of four semi-finalists in the architectural competition for New York City’s Cathedral of St John the Divine. In 1888 Wood designed the second Fennimore County courthouse, which served until struck by lightening in 1966. Wood touched the community in several ways.
  • YERGENS, Milton S. (born 19–) — Architect/graphic designer in Fargo, ND; designed (among many other things) the Tri-County Aerodrome, Agincourt’s first airport located near Fahnstock. Yergens also conceived Tabor Air and Tabor Agribusiness.
  • ZAMBRINI PINTI, Enedina (1883–1984) — Italian artist. Painted the portraits of Kenneth and Rachel Goodall (q.v.). CC

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