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NATIONAL NORMAL AND BUSINESS COLLEGE
The National Normal School and Business
College was organized by E. L. Essley seven years ago in an old hotel building.
The enrollment being nineteen the first day and reaching over forty the first term and exceeding ninety at
the end of the second term. It was evident that more genial and commodious
quarters were needed. Accordingly, the people of Glidden, with the energetic characteristic
of the Western people, lost no time in erecting one of the most elegant college
buildings in the state.
Next in importance to a college
building is a commodious, well arranged and properly managed dormitory. Hence no
time was lost in erecting such an edifice near the college building..
Prof. Essley, whose portrait is shown on
this page, is still at the head of the school and his scholarship and superior
executive ability have won the confidence and respect of the faculty and patrons
of the school and the board of trustees have expressed the desire of the public
in contracting with him for three years longer.
Prof. W. E. Atkinson, one of Iowa's
leading educators in now associated with Prof. Essley in the management of this
popular progressive school.
John Nockels came to this country from Luxenburg when a boy and settled at
Dubuque, Iowa. After remaining there a short time he came to Carroll while
it was yet a small village on an unbroken prairie. This was in the early
seventies. He was a tailor by trade and went to work at his trade here in
town. He soon built up quite a business in a small way in the
merchant tailor business. As the years went by he continued to increase
his stock and acquire new customers.
Mr. Nockels is now one of the wealthiest men in Carroll. He owns the
splendid block in which the clothing store is located of which his sons are part
proprietors. The block was built in 1893. He has one of the finest
residences in the city and also owns other business blocks. In any
financial venture in Carroll the name of John Nockels appearing is always taken
as a guarantee of soundness by others who anticipate investing.
Rev. Father J. C. Nacke
Rev. Father J. C. Nacke was born in Germany in 1852. At the
age of three years his parents came to the United states locating in the South.
A few years later they came to Iowa locating at West Point where our subject
grew to manhood.
He was educated for the priesthood at St. Francis Milwaukee
being ordained in 1879. He was given a parish at Centralia in Dubuque
County where he remained for three years and the following four years he had
charge of a parish in Mitchell County.
For the past ten years he has had charge of St. Peter's and
Paul's parish of this city.
In connection with the church he conducts a well regulated
parochial school. Father Nacke is one of the hardest Christian workers in