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Park Hotel

The Park hotel of Manning has aspired a reputation with the traveling public of being one of the best hotels in this part of the country.  It is fitted up  with furnace heat, sewer connections with closets, well heated and well furnished rooms. All of the twenty-two rooms in the building are first class.  The bill of fare is well selected and served in a style that is tempting and palatable. 

Mr. W. N. Ruggs the proprietor bought the house three years ago after having run it for one year.  His house is one of the neatest little hotels in the state and traveling men all speak in the highest term of it.



Carl C. Magee                                                                   W. A. Mc Lagan

Public Schools

The pride of Carroll is her public school system.  Through the liberality of the tax payers, buildings having been provided and equipped which furnish "school homes' instead of 'school prison' to the pupils.  It is the policy of the board of directors to furnish for the children who are soon to be citizens the best facilities for preparing themselves for such a duty a citizenship implies.  While everything is done to make the system first class, the interests of the burden bearers have not been forgotten.  It is asserted without fear of contradiction that there is no "leakage" in the disbursement of taxes collected.  Never has the district had a more businesslike and economical administration than that give by the present board composed of W. A. McLagan, H. W. Macomber, S. H. Johnston, N. Beiter, W. O. Rich and W. Humphrey.

Much of the credit for the present 'businesslike administration' belongs to W. A. McLagan, president of board, who has conscientiously served the district without partisanship or hope of personal gain.  His services are invaluable to the district.  Mr. McLagan is one of the active businessmen of Carroll.  He is the owner of the block in which the First National Bank of Carroll is located.  In every position he has occupied he has always give his duties the most conscientious attention and pleased the people. The superintendent of schools of Carroll, Prof. C. C. MaGee, is a native of Iowa being born in Fayette county.  His early education was obtained in the public schools of Marshalltown and later he was graduated from the Iowa State Normal School. Since his graduation he has engaged in the occupation of school teaching.  Two years ago he was appointed superintendent of the schools of Carroll and at the expiration of the term was re-elected for another year.

Through his exceptional ability together with his thoroughness of understanding the wants and needs of the pupils, he has gained the esteem and favor of the patrons and people alike.



E. M. Parsons

We publish herewith an excellent likeness of Carroll's popular and worthy mayor Hon. E. M. parsons.  He was born in Rochester, N.Y. January 28, 1847.  At the age of six years his parents moved to Coldwater, Mich. where he resided until reaching the age of twenty.  He then moved to Creston, Ill., engaging in the grain business. He remained here for eight years when in 1875 he came to Carroll continuing in the same line of business adding thereto live stock.

In 1889 he was elected mayor in which office he has been continued since that time.  He has been a life long member of the republican party in the tenants of which organization he unbounded faith.  His practically un-opposition for the office of mayor demotes the extreme popularity he enjoys and the high esteem in which he is held by fellowmen and associates.


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