Dayton, IA

Town in Webster County, IA

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Early years of Dayton, IA
Early years of Dayton, IA
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Sponsors of Dayton, IA

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About Dayton, IA

Dayton is an enterprising community located in the Southern part of Webster County. It is believed that A. Peterson was the first person to settle in Dayton Township, in 1848. Around the summers of 1851 and 1852 a number of Americans came to Dayton. The Town of Dayton was laid out and named by Benjamin Allison in November of 1856. Allison also built the first house in town and also started the first saw mill in 1856 that supplied the lumber for building. Some of the early settlers made their homes in caves in the hillsides and then later the log cabins were built.

Dayton became an incorporated town with the official seal on July 18, 1881. Since Dayton was established in 1856, it has had a variety of businesses establishments. Some thrived for a while, but with the changing of needs so did the businesses.

One particular event happened in 1894 "The Dayton Riot"

In January of 1894, a New Year's dance was being held. Just before supper there was a commotion coming from the north end of Burnquist's Hall. A. Winters had got to talking loud about a HAT. John Gustafson tried to quiet him but the talking was sign to a bunch of hoodlums from Boone to clear out the hall. In a moment chairs were flying and women were screaming. Gustafson tried his best to fight these hoodlums at one point he had two down until the third hit him with a chair. After getting possession of the hall the miscreants proceeded to make a complete wreck of the hall . After they were through destroying the hall they went to supper. The citizens of Dayton were aroused by this time and came upon the scene to help the Marshal Larson. Marshal Larson was trying to arrest the ring leader in the restaurant. Frank Dowd was one of the hero's that night. He came to aide Marshal Larson. As things happened, at the end of the fight Marshal Larson was shot in the right hip by his own gun in the hands of Paris Winters. Marshal Larson passed away that Wednesday at 1 o'clock in the morning. They ended up sending the whole gang of rioters to Fort Dodge for trial.


Businesses of Dayton, IA

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Community Organizations of Dayton, IA

Small towns and rural communities throughout the Midwest are looking for ways to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life, and build on local assets. Here you will find the organizations that stabilize, preserve, and revitalize the small towns and rural areas alike. To submit your organization to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Events of Dayton, IA

The small towns of the Midwest have long shared pride in their communities through festivals and events! Citizens from each community, working together, continue to offer entertainment options that not only appeal to their citizens, but visitors to their community! Below you will find festivals and events you are sure to want to attend! If you would like to have (DST) include an annual festival or event on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Faith Organizations of Dayton, IA

Throughout the years faith organizations have not only been an essential part of a town's religious life, but its community life. Below you will find stories about these organizations, If you would like to induct a faith organization to be added to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Points of Interest of Dayton, IA

The communities of the Midwest have a lifestyle unique to their region — rich in history and points of interest like no other! Below you will find points of interest you are sure to want to visit! To nominate a landmark, historic location, museum, etc. as a point of interest on your county and region page CLICK HERE!

Webster County, IA

Visit our county page and you will find information about our town and county's points of interest, festivals/events and faith community. You also will learn about the community organizations that have built and continue to build strong communities (chambers, community groups, and departments, etc) and much more when you visit the Webster County, IA page.

Veterans of Webster County, IA

Veterans come from many walks of life and whether a veteran has severed two decades ago or two days ago, they have made our freedoms possible. Below you will find stories about many who have served. If you would like to nominate a veteran to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!