State Center topic of Third Thursday program slated for Oct. 19th

T-R PHOTO BY GARY BRANDENBURG Mayor Harlan Quick will give a presentation of State Center’s history on Oct. 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Historical Society of Marshall County’s Museum, as part of its History on Third Thursday program. The event is free and open to the public.

State Center, which has a population of about 1,500, has a rich and storied history. Its tale will be told by its mayor, Harlan Quick, in a presentation given on Oct. 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Historical Society of Marshall County’s Museum, as part of the History on Third Thursday programing.

“I will be concentrating on the influence the railroad, the development of the automobile, and Lincoln Highway had on the town,” Quick said. “I will discuss some of the first businesses here that started selling cars.”

The mayor, who is soon to conclude his eighth year in office, has resided in State Center the past 48 years. For 33 years, he taught history classes in the West Marshall Community School District.

“The community’s history has grown on me,” he said.

State Center was established in 1864 with the construction of the railroad through that territory. Originally called Centre Station, the name was later changed to State Center to reflect the community’s center location in the state of Iowa.

“We just published a book called ‘The Sesquicentennial History of State Center Iowa,'” Quick said. “And it is available at city hall, Eckhardt Enterprises, and Mid-Iowa Enterprise.”

Anyone interested in the town’s founding and evolution is encouraged to attend.

“There will be more than enough material to talk about, and I will try to get to what people would find most interesting,” Quick said.

Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served following the program. To learn more, contact the Historical Society at: 641-752-6664.


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