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  • Albert Kruger Sr. Shelter

    The Albert Kruger Sr. Shelter opened in June 2017  and is located in the Glidden Pool Park adjacent to the Aquatic Center.


    This facility was funded through a generous donation by the Albert Kruger Sr. Trust and is available to rent all year round. The Albert Kruger Sr. Shelter is fully heated and air conditioned. With a seating capacity of 128, and a total capacity of 150, this shelter is perfect for your next family or corporate event.


    This spacious shelter has ample room for your next event.

    • Total Indoor Space: 2,937 sq ft
    • Indoor Banquet Space: 1,944 sq ft
    • Total Outdoor Patio Space: 1,521 sq ft

    The shelter includes the following amenities for your next event.

    • Shelter Capacity: 150 people 
    • Available Seating Capacity: 128 people
    • 12 Round Tables (60")
    • 8 Rectangle Tables (8')
    • Kitchen Island (31" wide x 8' long)
    • Double Wide Cooler
    • Refrigerator/Freezer
    • Microwave
    • Flat Screen LED TV 65”
      • HDMI Cable
      • Wireless handheld microphone system

    Facility Rental Fees:

    • Rent: $50
    • Deposit: $100

    Facility Rental Form
    Facility Checklist



    Albert Kruger Sr had a fondness for the community of Glidden where he proudly made his home.  Albert provided for his community by bequeathing 90% of the estate income to be reinvested in the Glidden community at the discretion of the church governing body.   Albert was born in 1899 north of Glidden to Chris and Marie Kruger.  Albert graduated from Glidden High School and went on to business college in Mankato, Minnesota.  Albert was called home after his father Chris died after a short illness.  Albert never finished college, but returned to help care for his family and to farm his father’s land.  On October 12, 1924, Albert married Viola Haase, and the couple had three children: Marie, Doris and Albert Jr.  The community of Glidden has been given an ongoing legacy and all because of a very private and generous man named Albert Kruger who called Glidden his home.  The Peace Lutheran Church formed a PLC committee to administer the Kruger bequest. 

    Albert Kruger Sr Charitable Gifts


    Glidden Library, Furniture Replacement, $2,150

    Ralston Fire Department, Air Pack and Tanks, $15,000

    American Legion, Flags and Poles, $2,000

    City of Glidden, Carnival, $12,000

    Glidden Library, Carpet Replacement, $21,000

    City of Glidden, Senior Meals Program, $5,000

    City of Glidden, Pickleball Court Surface, $8,900

    2022 Alumni Committee, Rent and Alumni Book Publication, $1,000

    The Cage, Pitching and Hitting Facility, $12,000

    First Presbyterian Church, 8 AEDs, $15,520

    Glidden Development Group, Westlawn Trail, $24,000

    Total: $118,570



    City of Glidden, Senior Meals Program, $5,000

    City of Glidden, Carnival, $4,000

    Glidden Fire Department, John Deere UTV, $23,000

    GR After School Program, Laptop Computer, License and AppleCare, $1,400

    City of Glidden, Playground Equipment for Ballfields, $10,000

    GR Post Prom, Jr/Sr Prom Expense, $1,000

    Total: $44,400



    City of Glidden, Veteran Liberty Rock, $11,000

    Glidden Little League, Equipment, $10,000

    City of Glidden, Carnival, $7,500

    Glidden Library, Computers & Software, $6,500

    City of Glidden, Senior Meal Program, $5,000

    American Legion, Building Stove & Refrigerator, $3,000

    GR After School Program, Computers, $2,700

    GR Post Prom, Jr/Sr Prom Expense, $1,500

    GR Alumni Reunion, Lincoln Club Rental, $1,000

    Carroll County Genealogical, Digitize Glidden Graphics, $1,000

    Total $49,200



    Glidden Fire Department, Air Packs, $22,000

    Glidden-Ralston School, Football Concession Stand, $20,000

    City of Glidden, Cemetery Kiosk, $10,000

    Glidden Legion, Flag Poles/Flags, $2,500

    Glidden Library, Printer/Mirror/ Counter,  $1,450

    Ralston Fire Department, New Gloves, $1,350

    Glidden Post Prom, Entertainment, $600

    Haunted House, Supplies, $500

    GR After School Program, Carts/Supplies, $300

    Total $58,700



    Glidden-Ralston School, Softball Bleachers/Dugout, $20,000

    Glidden Fire Department, Industrial Washer/Dryer, $8,000

    City of Glidden, Senior Nutrition Meals, $6,000

    Glidden Legion, Roof Repair, $5,000

    Glidden-Ralston Music, Acoustic Piano, $2,500

    Glidden Library, DVD Repair Machine, $1,500

    GR Post Prom, Jr/Sr Prom Expense, $600

    Total $43,600



    City of Glidden, Pool Park Shelter, $780,000

    Glidden-Ralston School, Security System, $25,000

    Glidden Sesquicentennial, Carnival Sponsor, $20,000

    Glidden Legion, Handicap Restrooms, $10,000

    Glidden Fire Department, Refurbish Truck, $8,950

    Glidden Library, Children Furniture/TV, $2,500

    GR Post Prom, Jr/Sr Prom Expense, $550

    Total $847,000


  • Sesquicentennial Gift Shop

    Celebrate our 150 Years With Glidden Gear!

    Contact 712-659-3010 to your order today.

    All prices listed below include sales tax.


    Glidden Sesquicentennial Memories

    Enjoy all the memories of this wonderful celebration of our city time and time again. Share it with others as a gift.

    Print and submit the form below along with your payment of $10 per disc.

    Glidden Sesquicentennial Memories Disc Order Form


    Memories of Main Street

    Newly released, this limited edition collector print by Speltz Studio of Wildlife, showcases the main street of Glidden from the 1920's. At the base of the print are images of the Railroad depot, school bus, school, and the Merle Hay Monument ceremony.

    The image is 10" x 15", matted and framed, 16" x 20".


    • Print Only $40.00
    • Print matted and framed $117.00




    Cooking With Love

    Glidden Sesquicentennial cookbook featuring recipes from the families of the City of Glidden. This is a once in a lifetime chance to own the recipes that helped feed our community.

    Price: $15.00







    Calendar/History Book Combo

    Glidden Sesquicentennial History Calendar featuring history from the City of Glidden. Own the only calendar dedicated to our fine community. Great pictures and events listed for every month. Get yours today!!

    Price: $10








    Glidden Sesquicentennial Ornament - Limited Edition


    City of Glidden 150 year Anniversary Frisbee

    Show your neighbors how to have fun with this classic summertime must-have disc. This heavy-duty frisbee proudly sports our Glidden Sesquicentennial 150 logo for all to see.

    7-inch, royal blue with white text

    Price $1.00





    City of Glidden 150 year Anniversary Football

    Great to get the party started or just keep the kids busy playing outside, no home is complete without our Glidden Sesquicentennial football. Order yours today while they last.

    7-inch, royal blue with white text

    Price $2.00





    City of Glidden 150 year Anniversary Memo Pad

    Keep track of those important dates and notes with the official Glidden Sesquicentennial memo pad. Easy to write on and only come around once in every 150 years. Get 'em while they last.

    2½ x 5-inch, red with the sesquicentennial logo

    Price $ .50





    City of Glidden 150 year Anniversary Playing Cards

    Time to deal from a classic deck of playing cards. Emblazoned with the Glidden Sesquicentennial 150 logo, these cards are a must-have for every poker game.

    Poker-style, royal blue with white text

    Price $5.00






    City of Glidden 150 year Anniversary T-Shirt

    Choose from either red or grey shirt color with the sesquicentennial logo.


    Price: $10.00 Youth XS - Adult XL

    Price: $12.00 Adult XXL

    Price: $13.00 Adult XXXL





    City of Glidden 150 year Anniversary Baking Pan

    Engraved NordicWare Bakeware, 9x13 size, choose from 10 lid colors, personalized on lid & bottom.


    Available Colors:

    Blue, Red, Green, Purple, Black, Pink, Orange, Neon Blue, Neon Green, Silver/Natural

    Price $25.00





  • Celebrate Glidden's 150 Years!!






    Thanks to all our sponsors who made our 150th celebration a memorable success!


    Our Sesquicentennial Sponsors


    Platinum Sponsors

    Albert Kruger Sr. Trust

    Glidden Community Auction

    City of Glidden


    Diamond Sponsors

    United Bank of Iowa


    Gold Sponsors

    Raccoon Valley Electric Coop


    Iowa Savings Bank

    Midwest Financial

    Agri Associates

    BN Brokerage

    Western Iowa Transit


    Silver Sponsors

    Carroll Daily Times Herald

    Wild Rose

    Bruner Law Firm


    Community Insurance Agency

    Black Hills Energy

    Glidden Mutual


    Bronze Sponsors

    Dahn & Woodhouse Funeral Home

    Dairy Mart

    Entre Nous

    Van Horn Insurance

    Glidden Graphic

    U.S. Air Force






  • Glidden Photo Gallery


  • Glidden Town History

    Glidden's Beginnings

    The first settler of Glidden and Carroll County was Enos Buttrick in the late 1840’s. By 1867, the development and early importance of Glidden was due to the railroad stop of the Chicago and Northwestern's line from Clinton to Council Bluffs. This 354 mile line was opened in 1867, the same year the original town plat of Glidden was completed. Glidden was named in honor of one of the Northwestern Railroad directors, Joseph Farwell Glidden (1813-1906.) Director Glidden was also credited with inventing barbed wire in 1873. 
    The railroad was interested in the expansion of this area; and, in 1868, a depot was built and a station fixed at Glidden. The first building to be erected after the railroad station was complete was a general store built by A. B. Wattles. That same year a post office, fire station and a two-story frame school were constructed. 
    By 1870 Glidden had eight brick businesses housed on its main street and the population had reached 177. Over the next 20 years it would grow to 532. Among Glidden's first businesses were John Waldron’s jewelry & gunsmith, George Ferguson’s hardware & implement business, an elevator, W.F. Waldron's blacksmith & wagon shop, George Eaton furniture & undertaking business, and a creamery. Liquid lightening inspired some folks and could be purchased from Frank Chandler's "blind pig," which was just up the alley in the vicinity of where the library stands today.

    On October 2, 1873, the village of Glidden was incorporated and J.O. Havens served as the first mayor. The first newspaper was the “Express” and was established by Ed Tabor in 1877. The first bank was also opened in 1877 by George Stafford and later became the First National Bank of Glidden.


    Firefighters - Then and Now

    In the early 1870's, shortly after Glidden was born and a few businesses were established, the first fire department was organized as a bucket brigade with the town pump located west of the current Graphic office. In 1879, the bucket brigade was replaced with a pumper, the old handcar type, and 800 feet of hose. 

    The apparatus required 16 men and a foreman. The most serious fire in Glidden’s history occurred on Christmas Day 1883 in the midst of high wind and a blinding storm. The fire started in the drug store and nine buildings were destroyed. 
    In 1902 a new hook and ladder truck was purchased for $151and in 1905 a new fire whistle was put into operation. 

    The Glidden City Fire Department was officially established in 1953 by ordinance of the town council. Later agreements were made with Grant, Glidden, Pleasant Valley, and Richland townships to pay operating expenses.
    In 2007 construction of a new fire station was approved through the passage of a $600,000 bond issue. The total cost of the project was $850,000 with the additional funds coming from donations and the local option sales tax. The department moved into its new facility in November 2008. All 24 firemen and 9 first responders are volunteers. 



    Early School Houses

    There were three early school houses in Glidden. The first was a two-story frame building built in 1868 for $2,200 on what is now the southwest corner of 2nd and Montana Sts. This school was used until 1879 when a three-story structure was built in what is now Glidden's City Park. The first two floors were used by four teachers and 180 students and the top floor was used as an entertainment hall. Because parents feared the top floor might collapse, it was removed in 1908 and replaced with a belfry. Glidden's third school, the National Normal School and Business College, was built in 1890 on what is now the corner of 3rd and Utah Streets. The college was in operation for eleven years, tuition was $5 a term, and board could be obtained for $2 a week. When the college closed, the building became the high school. Both the college building and the building in the city park were used until the present day school was built in 1922. 



    School Transportation

    In 1918 the first horse-drawn busses began picking up the country pupils. As the country schools closed, the need for bussing increased. When the consolidation of the nearby country schools began, the country schools were moved into Glidden giving the appearance of a hen and chickens, with the two-story school building the center and the little white country schools surrounding it. The horses-drawn busses were used until 1922 when the first motor-driven school busses were purchased. Consolidation returned in 1957 when Ralston became a part of the Glidden district. At that time the Glidden-Ralston School had 610 students and more country kids than town kids. 



    Night Watchman and Poet

    Al Chapin was both a night watchman and a poet and was good at both. Around 1917 Al was hired as Glidden's night watchman and for the next 18 years, 

    Glidden was free of major burglaries and disturbances. He was a dead shot with a pistol and shot the town rats to keep in practice. Not only an effective peacekeeper, Al was also a poet and wrote under the pen name Alkali Al. A book of his poems can be found at the Glidden Public Library.





    City Hall Buildings

    Glidden built itself a new city hall in the 1940's and again in 1986. The first, a two-story building, housed fire equipment, the jail, a council room, and a 400-seat auditorium. 

    The city moved the library into the basement of this building in 1953. The building was made possible through passage of $10,000 in bonds and a federal grant through the WPA (Works Progress Administration. The WPA also funded the cemetery wall and curb and gutter projects in 1939.) This City Hall building served Glidden for fifty years, but issues of maintenance and handicapped accessibility led to a decision to demolish and replace City Hall with a new building. The Municipal Building was completed in 1986. With a new addition to the north in 2000, the library once again became part of the city administration building.



    The History of Glidden's Library

    From the early 1900's until 1924 a traveling library stopped in Glidden. Then, in 1924, Glidden's three study clubs, the Sorosis, Entre Nous, and Philomathion, joined together and started a town library. This group went on to combine their study clubs to form the Women's Club in 1925. Since the group had no funds to rent space, Junia Eaton offered an area in his furniture store for the new library. The Women's Club later purchased a property on West 3rd Street to house the library and for their meeting place. In 1952, at the request of the Women's Club, the city took over the library under State of Iowa guidelines. In 1953 the library moved into the basement of the City Hall and in 1964 moved across the street to the former Ratcliff building. By 2000, the need for additional space resulted in construction of a new library on the north side of the existing Municipal Building. See the library page for features of the Glidden Public Library as it operates today.


    Glidden Swimming Pool

    Visible from the highway, the Glidden pool is a source of pride in the community and has been since the first pool was built in 1958. The dream began in 1957 with the passage of a $75,000 bond issue leading to completion of Glidden's first swimming pool the following summer. Under the management of Robert Miller, a coach at the high school, swimming lessons were organized, and 334 youth and close to 100 adults participated. Community involvement was also encouraged through adult volleyball and a youth swim team. In 1978 and again in 1983, the pool was renovated, but replacement was inevitable. The voters once again approved a bond issue ($600,000); and, with donations and additional funding, the new aquatic center opened in 2005. The new pool has more features than in 1958 with zero depth entry, a plume slide and a sprinkler. To commemorate the grand opening, the Masonic Lodge dedicated the facility’s cornerstone, and Glidden had its own "Beach Party" with pool admission just 50 cents - the same as it was in 1958. The City added a family slide in 2006 and umbrellas in 2007, as attendance at the $1.4 million facility have set all-time records since opening.

    Several individuals have served as Glidden Mayors:


    Past Glidden Mayors Term
    J.O. Havens  10-2-1873 (village incorporated)
    W.R. Ruggles  3-3-1879
    James Lea  1893
    Kitt W. Marean  3-18-1896 – 3-1897
    James Lea  3-1897 – 3-31-1902
    Kitt W. Marean 4-1-1902 – 3-31-1904
    James Lea  4-1-1904 – 3-31-1906
    Kitt W. Marean  4-1-1906 – 3-31-1910
    H.W. Porter  4-1-1910 – 4-6-1914
    R.A. Hamilton  4-6-1914 – 5-12-1919
    Jay Adair  6-9-1919 – 10-1919
    J.C. Riedesel  10-25-1919 – 3-31-1920
    Jay Adair  4-21-1920 – 6-1921
    John F. Grace  6-20-1921 – 2-9-1924
    J.F. Snyder  2-18-1924 – 11-3-1924
    G.H. Mundt  11-17-1924 – 4-1926
    J.N. Carty  4-1926 - 3-31-1928
    D.B. Haselton  4-1-1928 – 3-31-1930
    E.M. Reever  4-1-1930 – 3-30-1936
    P.J. Falvey  4-1-1936 – 3-31-1940
    G.H. Mundt  4-1-1940 – 4-6-1942
    P.J. Falvey  4-6-1942 – 8-8-1942
    E.M. Reever  8-1942 – 3-30-1946
    J.L. Mikesell  4-1-1946 – 1961
    Dr. Robert E. Wagner

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    1962 – 1963

    Roy Constable 

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    1964 – 1967
    Elmer Gross 

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    1968 – 1969
    Roy Constable 

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    1970 – 8-1971

    Helmer O. Johnson

    8-1971 – 1-1972
    Bernard J. Bender 

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    1972 – 10-1975


    Helmer O. Johnson

    10-1975 – 1977 


    Arnold E. Hofstad

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    1978 – 1979


    Delbert D. Heuton
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    1980 – 2000


    Cynthia S. Kerkhoff 


    2000 – 2007


    Roger R. Hartwigsen


    2008 - present




  • Endow Legacy - Potential, Promise, and Purpose


    The future is hard to predict. But one thing we do know is that we will need resources to fuel our mission in years to come. That’s why we’ve established EndowGlidden. The fund is professionally invested for the long-term. The income will be distributed to support the community needs.

    The word “endowment” means simply that your legacy gift will be managed by EndowGlidden and invested for the benefit of EndowGlidden. The earnings from these investments will be contributed to EndowGlidden every year and then used by EndowGlidden to fulfill its mission.

    You may create an endowment fund in your name or the name of another. Then each year a gift in the fund’s name will be distributed to EndowGlidden. Legacy gifts take many forms including:


    • Gifts made in your will or trust;
    • Gifts that pay you income
    • Gifts of life insurance or retirement plan assets
    • Gifts made through Endow Iowa


    We hope you will play a part in our future. To learn more, please return the enclosed confidential response card. Or, you may contact a board member or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





    Roger Hartwigsen Class of 1969                      Brian Best Class of 1978

    Lynn Stork Class of 1973                     Suzanne Danner Class of 1980

    Brian Johnson Class of 1976               David McNamara Class of 1981


    Ex. A Charitable Remainder Trust is an arrangement in which property or money is donated to a charity, but the donor (called the grantor) continues to use the property and/or receive income from it while living. The beneficiaries receive the income and the charity receives the principal after a specified period of time. The grantor avoids any capital gains tax on the donated assets, and also gets an income tax deduction for the fair market value of the remainder interest that the trust earned. In addition, the asset is removed from the estate, reducing subsequent estate taxes.






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