Halfway Worth Mentioning
The Times-Tribune--Dec. 16, 1982
By Bill Gladstone
The picture we are running this week was taken in the spring of
1915. The day was known as "Drag Day". There were no
gravel roads in the county at that time and the dirt roads were
maintained by the farmers using either drags or graders pulled
Following the winter, the roads would be in deplorable shape.
On Drag Day farmers from all over the county would hitch their
horses to drags and drag the roads all the way to the county seat.
You will notice two, three, and four horse hitches. I haven't
figured out whether the single horse in the bottom left of the
picture is hitched to some sort of a drag or not.
If you study the picture a little more closely you will begin
to realize that there are a heck of a lot of horses and drags
in the picture.
The two cars sitting in front of the hotel look just a bit out
It would seem reasonable to me that there is someone in the TT
readership who is in this picture. At least, there should be someone
who can furnish us with a first hand account of one of those special
days in the county when the roads were dragged.
This picture is a copy of one of several that were furnished to
the Worth County Historical Society by Mr. & Mrs. Tony Kidney
from pictures that Roy Kidney had collected. The original of the
picture was taken by N.A. Combs who operated a photography studio
in Grant City at that time.
Sometime ago someone introduced me to the term FYI (for your information).
This is an FYI.
I have been trying to track down the location of some old postoffices
in the county. From an old county history book I was aware that
there had been a postoffice called Honey Grove. I couldn't seem
to get a handle on the location so I turned to the National Archives
in Washington D.C.
It is possible to secure from the National Archives a copy of
individual postoffice location site reports. I sent for several,
including Honey Grove. I was quite surprised to find that the
Honey Grove postoffice was not in the Honey Grove neighborhood
but in section three, range thirty-one, township sixty-six. That
placed it on the land now owned by Gladys Rinehart.
The report, dated 9 September, 1862, states that the office was
on the route from Smithton in Worth County to Mt. Ayr in Iowa
on which mail was to be carried once a week.
One George M. Risdon was the postmaster. An 1878 Worth County
Atlas shows a G.M. Risden as owning a 45 acre tract lying in the
NE quarter of section 3.
This information begins to clear up where the early day postoffice
was in the Irena community.