Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


December 28, 2006

Enterprises served by the interurban

The Mystic electric interurban, built in 1910, served three large coal mines on its way to Mystic.  In addition it served the county club, Glen Hagan Park, the Hadite Plant and provided passenger service to Brazil.  The Country Club was first on the way, organized in 1912, two years after the railroad went through, when the first 30 members were secured.  The first club house was built that year.  Dues were priced at $10 a year to care for the grounds.  Dr. Donahue was the first to have his own golf cart. 

The design and construction of a golf course on land with a railroad running right through the middle should be a fact worthy of “Believe it or Not”.  How many golf courses across the country would boast that kind of a hazard?   Special rules had to be written such as “A tee shot on No. 8 coming to rest in the tracks east of the crossing may be dropped in the fairway back of the track without penalty”.  I wonder what the penalty was for hitting a train or the train engineer with a golf ball.

Next on the route was the Glen Hagan Park.  It was developed as a way stop for the passengers on the way to Mystic.  It extended almost a half mile westward along the north bank of Hickory Creek, which flowed eastward into Cooper Creek.  The park was on a flat wooded piece of land and extended about a quarter mile to the north.  The railroad went west along the south edge of the park on the south side of Hickory Creek..  At that time the predecessor to the Country Club had a golf course to the north of the park.  Later when the Golfview housing area was developed, it was on land just east of the Glen Hagan Park. 

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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