Come see what’s new at the Jane Young House

The Jane Young House will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

As you step to the veranda, admire the beautiful exterior trim with its fresh coat of paint. Enter the main floor of the historic home which has recently had new flooring added.

Tour guides will share information about Kendall and Jane Young and the house they built in 1873.

There is a $5 admission fee.

The newly-created Centennial Quilt will be on display. The quilt blocks feature the signatures of those who were members during the Women’s Club’s 100th anniversary.

Upstairs, view the all new displays in the Vintage Clothing Exhibit.

Paris is in the news as it gets ready to host the Summer Olympics. Paris was also the destination of Kendall and Jane Young in 1867 when they journeyed to Europe and attended the World’s Fair. One room highlights several World Expositions held in Europe and the USA. The statue shown above is stamped with “Exposition 1878 Medailie D’or Paris.” Perhaps a gold medal souvenir brought back by an unknown traveler.

Learn how Webster City’s own Frank Bonebright participated in the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Two rooms offer a stunning exhibit of several “Little Black Dresses” from the Women’s Club collection. The garments and accessories, such as those seen in the photo, represent many eras of fashion.

Webster City will be hosting Murray Fest Midwest in late June. Another room honors the McMurray family. Newlyweds Leslie and Sarah McMurray moved from New York to Webster City in 1876, after visiting Philadelphia for America’s Centennial Exposition. He was a banker. They had two children, Murray and Jessie.

Jessie was an assistant librarian at Kendall Young Library. Murray worked for his father and sold chickens out the back door of the bank. When the bank failed, it was Murray’s interest in poultry that gave birth to Murray McMurray Hatchery.

Two of Murray and Margaret McMurray’s sons followed in their father’s footsteps. Charles and Anne McMurray and John and Jean McMurray each had five children. John’s son, Murray, was the last McMurray to be affiliated with the hatchery.


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