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Enjoying Coffee and Tales

March 15, 2013 - Deb Brown
Thursday we had an Open House at the Chamber. People came and enjoyed cookies from Farmhouse Kitchen, coffee and tea and each other’s company. It was fine, large afternoon in Webster City. The weather cooperated and made its way into the 40’s. The sun was shining and people were in a good mood.

On our new white board we collected a little known fact from everyone who attended. Each fact led to stories being told, reminisces about the ‘old days’ and great conversation about what might be possible in the future. Now mind you, all of these facts were new to me (except the Pulitzer Prize one)! I have made the assumption these are all true, and if not, I hope you’ll stop by and let me know.

And now … for the little known facts: • Seneca Street used to be Main Street and Brims Furniture was there. • Oldest house in town is on the corner of Willson and Water. • The old Elks Building had two dance floors. • Foster Funeral Home has been a Chamber member as long as we’ve had a chamber. Ben has been a member for 46 years. • Critter Nation used to be Fosters Funeral Parlor from 1908 to 1927. • Mary Ann’s Specialty Foods used to be Nissans and they made Fun Time Franks. • Webster City is the only town under ½ million people with TWO Pulitzer Prize winners. • The third floor above Jazzy’s used to be an Opera House, and then it was doctor’s offices. • John Deere used to be where Subway is now. • Wehrman Sale Barn used to be where City Hall parking lot is now. • 545 2nd street is the oldest still standing bar in town. • Foresters Ice Cream was made here, in a building by the old fire station. • Jane Young House has been physically moved twice, and was the first location of the library. • Flower Cart at 800 2nd Street has housed the flower shop longer than any other flower shop. • Ethel Yungclas (Professor Webster’s grandma) used to make cottage cheese and sell it to home owners on Willson Avenue in the 1920’s.


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