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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

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 the state.

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