Maxwell Old Settlers

Maxwell Old Settlers This is a site to help promote the city of Maxwell, Iowa's Old Settlers Picnic celebration. Perhaps no one project in the history of Maxwell has involved more interest, more planning and more people than the Old Settlers Picnic.

It came into existence at the turn of the last century as an outgrowth of the reunions held by soldiers of the Civil War and members of the Grand Army of the Republic, a national organization. They had formed a company here and held reunions, camping overnight and sometimes for several days, in the grove at the West edge of town. In 1885 at the 6th reunion of the G.A.R. about 3,000 people were reported present. In 1887, forty-one veterans were recorded and living in Maxwell, among them Micah French, an 1812 veteran. The town of Maxwell incorporated in 1883. It was given by the firm of Baldwin and Maxwell in 1892 five acres to be used as a city park. In August 1901 a small group of people convened in the Old Opera House in the interest of the reunions held in the park. The result of the meeting was to mark the end of the G.A.R. reunions in the park and beginning of the “Old Settlers and Homecoming Picnic” On Sept. 5th plans were made and Oct 2nd the first of these picnics was held. However, the inclement weather changed plans and the event was moved to the Old Opera House, basket dinner and all! The Maxwell Coronet Band and the Glee Club furnished music for the program. Since that first picnic, with few exceptions, the events have been held in early August. Events have come and gone with the times. Political speeches often enlivened the past events along with political debates. Sheaf tying contests, wrestling matches. The carousel that was once powered by a blind horse was soon replaced by Mead Tomlinson’s steam powered rig and a music box gave way to the calliope. The year of the 50th Anniversary there was on open-air circus and an elephant marched in the parade. Today of course things have been updated drastically. The tractor pulls are now ran by the South Story Pullers and are held on Saturday. There is a rodeo that is held by the Maxwell Rodeo Committee in adjacent to the Old Settlers event. They have held events hosting 250 cowboys on Friday and Saturday night. Their facilities are located west of the park.

08/12/2020

Food will be served at MACC at 11:30... charge your phone, cool off

Photos from Maxwell Old Settlers's post
08/10/2020

Photos from Maxwell Old Settlers's post

08/09/2020

Post your pictures and comments... Have a great day...

08/08/2020

So how was the first night of Old Settlers? Post pictures and comments.

08/07/2020

And let the fun begin... Have a great weekend.

08/05/2020
Come Eat
08/04/2020

Come Eat

08/02/2020

Old Settlers “Old Timers” softball. Right after the parade. Saturday August 8th...Start about 11:30. Any guy or gal 40 years and older welcome to play. Just show up at the ball diamand by 11:30 ready for some fun. ⚾️

Updated Schedule
07/30/2020

Updated Schedule

Serving Breakfast Saturday August 8th, from 7:00 am - 9:30 am before the parade.
07/30/2020

Serving Breakfast Saturday August 8th, from 7:00 am - 9:30 am before the parade.

Come Support the Collins-Maxwell Spartan Softball Team in Fort Dodge Friday night in the 1-A Championship game versus Cl...
07/30/2020

Come Support the Collins-Maxwell Spartan Softball Team in Fort Dodge Friday night in the 1-A Championship game versus Clarksville.
Or tune in to YouTube to watch it.

Carnival pre-sale tickets available at Main Street Floral and Toot's Cuttin Parlor. Cost $17 in advance and $20 at park....
07/30/2020

Carnival pre-sale tickets available at Main Street Floral and Toot's Cuttin Parlor. Cost $17 in advance and $20 at park. The carnival is taking extra precautions this year. They will have hand sanitizer at each ride and scheduling ride cleaning throughout the day with a disinfectant fogger.

More Old Settlers raffle prizes being added. Check them out soon in the Legion window on Main Street. Tickets will be av...
07/30/2020

More Old Settlers raffle prizes being added. Check them out soon in the Legion window on Main Street. Tickets will be available at Main Street Floral and Toot's Cuttin Parlor.

07/26/2020
07/26/2020
07/26/2020

😞The Chainsaw artist will not be attending this year.

Old Settlers raffle prizes are coming in. Keep checking to see what is on the list. Tickets will be available at local b...
07/26/2020

Old Settlers raffle prizes are coming in. Keep checking to see what is on the list. Tickets will be available at local businesses soon. More to come. Tickets are $1. 6-$5, 12-$10, and 25-$20. Do not need to be present to win.

07/25/2020

Sign up and help with the food stand...

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4faaa92aaa8-2020

(you might have to copy and past this URL)

Above is the link to sign-up for donations or to work the modified Old Settlers Food Stand. Please note the signup is for Saturday only and the Sunday meal. The stand will be open as long as they have food. Please note the information provided on the signup form. Loring has decided not to participate this year. Note the shifts are for 1 hour increments and are strictly voluntary. With COVID-19 status changing daily, the Governor could mandate closing some businesses and/or stay-at-home orders again. If that happens, the Food Stand will not be open.

This notification is for informational purposes only.

07/24/2020

Music By Haywire
Friday Aug 7th 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday Aug 8th 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Gotcha GamesFriday Aug., 7th Noon to CloseSaturday Aug., 8th 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
07/24/2020

Gotcha Games
Friday Aug., 7th Noon to Close
Saturday Aug., 8th 11:30 am - 11:00 pm

Perry Smith 1800's Rope Making11:00 am
07/24/2020

Perry Smith 1800's Rope Making

11:00 am

Mother's Club BingoSat. Aug. 8th, Noon - 3:00 pmat the Church Food Stand.
07/24/2020

Mother's Club Bingo
Sat. Aug. 8th, Noon - 3:00 pm
at the Church Food Stand.

07/24/2020

Old Duffers Tractor Club & Case Collectors
Sat. Aug 8th, Noon - 5 pm
S.E. of Rodeo

07/24/2020

Mayor's Community Update
Maxwell City Park Bandstand
Noon - 12:30 pm

07/24/2020

BEER GARDEN
Friday Aug 7, 4 pm - 1 am
Saturday Aug 8, Noon - 1 am

Ira Link Old Timers SoftballContact Gary Plunkett515-387-1276Sat., Aug. 8th Noon to finish
07/24/2020

Ira Link Old Timers Softball
Contact Gary Plunkett
515-387-1276
Sat., Aug. 8th Noon to finish

Farmers Market in the Park Sunday Aug 9th, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm🍅🥦🥒🧅🥖🌭🍔🍿🍷
07/24/2020

Farmers Market in the Park
Sunday Aug 9th, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
🍅🥦🥒🧅🥖🌭🍔🍿🍷

07/24/2020

Church Dinner
Sunday, Aug 9th
11 am - 12:30 pm

07/24/2020

Sunday Aug 9th.
Communtiy Church Service Hosted by the Maxwell Presbyterian Church
10:00 am-11:00 am

Church Services hosted by Maxwell Presbyterian Church10:00 am - 11:00 am at the Maxwell City Park BandstandBring your Ch...
07/24/2020

Church Services hosted by Maxwell Presbyterian Church

10:00 am - 11:00 am at the Maxwell City Park Bandstand

Bring your Chair.

Raffle DrawingTickets are $1. 6-$5, 12-$10, and 25-$20. Do not need to be present to win.Sunday Aug. 9th  12:30 pm to 1:...
07/24/2020

Raffle Drawing
Tickets are $1. 6-$5, 12-$10, and 25-$20. Do not need to be present to win.

Sunday Aug. 9th 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm at the Bandstand

Horseshoe Pitching1:00 pm Sunday Aug 9th.
07/24/2020

Horseshoe Pitching
1:00 pm Sunday Aug 9th.

07/23/2020

NOTICE:
The Maxwell Alumni Banquet has been cancelled for 2020. Due to Covid-19 and the age of most of our alumni, the Board felt it would be too difficult to distance persons safely at the banquet. Contributions to the Maxwell Alumni Association would be greatly appreciated and will be applied to the scholarship fund. Please mail any contributions to:
Maxwell Alumni Association
c/o Elaine Mohr (Treasurer)
511 North Street
Maxwell, Iowa 50161
Scholarships for the 2020 recipients will be presented at Old Settlers.
Thank you.
Maxwell Alumni Association
Dennis Bell, President
Denny Mohr, Vice-President
Jackie Peters, Secretary
Elaine Mohr, Treasurer

Maxwell Old Settlers's cover photo
07/26/2017

Maxwell Old Settlers's cover photo

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72 Main St
Maxwell, IA
50161

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Jesse & (most of) the Medicine Men providing pure country music to an appreciative crowd!
The Old Settlers Committee met and voted to proceed with planning and organizing for the Old Settlers Picnic. A final decision will be made July 24th based on Department of Health and Governor's recommendations.
NOTICE: The Maxwell Alumni Banquet has been cancelled for 2020. Due to Covid-19 and the age of most of our alumni, the Board felt it would be too difficult to distance persons safely at the banquet. Contributions to the Maxwell Alumni Association would be greatly appreciated and will be applied to the scholarship fund. Please mail any contributions to: Maxwell Alumni Association c/o Elaine Mohr (Treasurer) 511 North Street Maxwell, Iowa 50161 Scholarships for the 2020 recipients will be presented at Old Settlers. Thank you. Maxwell Alumni Association Dennis Bell, President Denny Mohr, Vice-President Jackie Peters, Secretary Elaine Mohr, Treasurer
Look a unlicensed camper behind toots hair salon..so doesn't the city have a ordinance on junk vehicles... time to clean up the town for old settlers don't you think