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Library History

There was a clamoring for a library in McGregor's early years. A North Iowa Times article expressed this,

"For many years the Times has jawed this city about a Library, a Lyccum and a Fire Engine...We have urged the importance of a Library, have offered to give valuable books, and money if need be, to get one up... On next Friday evening there will be a meeting of citizens at Odell's office to commence the work. Let old and young attend. A liberal share of our books and a dollar or two in money are ready." (NIT, 03/13/1867)

FIRST LIBRARY, 1867-1877

The first library in McGregor began in 1867. A.J. Jordan, Esquire, a lawyer of McGregor, was the first librarian. Articles of incorporation were approved by prominent area businessmen Gregor MacGregor, Elijah Odell, Frank Hammer, G.L. Bass, J.H. Merrill and Colonel Samuel Merrill. (Samuel Merrill became the seventh governor of Iowa the following year, 1868.)

Despite the library's illustrious beginnings, it lasted only ten years. When the library dissolved, the books were given to the school


The second clamoring for a library went on for decades, and finally a subscription library was begun in 1919.




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