Stuart Public Library
Current street address: 111 E Front St, Stuart, IA 50250
Carnegie address: 111 NE Front St. Stuart, IA 50250
Original building still standing: No
Still in use as a library: No
Carnegie Grant Information
Date of Grant: November 14, 19061
Amount of Grant: 6,000.00 (initial) + 500.001
Cornerstone Date: 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Opening Date: Friday, April 3, 1908, Opera House, evening2
Carnegie Correspondent: Mrs. Bates
Librarian, at Dedication: Mrs. J.R. McMullen; Miss Kathryn McMullen2
Architect: Smith, Wetherell & Gage, Des Moines
Building Size: 47' x 28' 2"
Building Description: "It is an attractive brick building..."2
Town & County
County: Guthrie County
Population in 1900: 2,079
Population in 2010: 1,648
Twelfth Census of the United States â€” 1900. p. 451.
Stuart is a town in Guthrie County, which was established on January 15, 1851. The county was named for Captain Edwin B. Guthrie, who died from injuries in the Mexican War. In 1851, the first county seat was established at Panora. In 1860, the county seat was moved to Guthrie Center. In 1862, the county seat was moved back to Panora. In 1873, Guthrie Center again won the vote for the county seat. Guthrie County received two Carnegie grants for the towns of Stuart and Guthrie Center, although Guthrie Center choose not to accept their grant.
(Source: Pratt, LeRoy G. “The Counties and Courthouses of Iowa.” Mason City, Ia; Klipto Printing & Office Supply Company, 1977, p. 136-137.)
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