1874 Grasshopper plague and the Clay County Fair

The May 1950 issue of the Iowa State Historical Society's Palimpsest is all about the Clay County Fair.  It has a lot of great pictures and stories that reflect life from the time of the first Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa in 1871 through May 1950.  Here are a couple of pictures from this issue, the first, a diploma awarded to Mrs. Jane Auringer for the "best tomato and muskmelon sauces" (I haven't had a muskmelon sauce, have you?  Do you have a recipe?) and the bottom is a picture of farmers seeking aid from a grasshopper plague in 1874.

There are several pictures of people who  apparently were pretty well known  in Clay County.  Unfortunately, again, there are no names tied to the pictures.  I believe one of them is Roy Webb, my son's g-g-grandfather, but I cannot be sure (top left?).  Does anyone recognize the men in the photo collage below?


  1. Spencer is home to one of the nations’ largest county fairs. More than 310,000 visitors attend this week long event every September. The fair showcases agricultural products as well as vendors from all around the country offering products of all kinds. There are also year round events at the fair grounds that include concerts, and car races of all kinds.

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  2. Spencer is home to such a diverse and exciting community with such great opportunities for business and pleasure you can see why is was in the top 10 places to live in 2007 by Relocate-America.com. So you know when you see it...you will shop it ....and you will Love it! Spencer, Iowa!. for info visit http://www.spencer-iowa.com


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