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.
The shelter includes the following amenities for your next event.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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".
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.
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!!
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
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
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
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.
Blue, Red, Green, Purple, Black, Pink, Orange, Neon Blue, Neon Green, Silver/Natural
Albert Kruger Sr. Trust
Glidden Community Auction
City of Glidden
United Bank of Iowa
Raccoon Valley Electric Coop
Iowa Savings Bank
Western Iowa Transit
Carroll Daily Times Herald
Bruner Law Firm
Community Insurance Agency
Black Hills Energy
Dahn & Woodhouse Funeral Home
Van Horn Insurance
U.S. Air Force
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.
Firefighters - Then and Now
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.
Early School Houses
Night Watchman and Poet
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
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
Glidden Swimming Pool
|Past Glidden Mayors||Term|
|J.O. Havens||10-2-1873 (village incorporated)|
|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||1962 – 1963|
|1964 – 1967|
|1968 – 1969|
|Roy Constable||1970 – 8-1971|
Helmer O. Johnson
|8-1971 – 1-1972|
|Bernard J. Bender||1972 – 10-1975|
|10-1975 – 1977|
Arnold E. Hofstad
1978 – 1979
|1980 – 2000|
Cynthia S. Kerkhoff
2000 – 2007
Roger R. Hartwigsen
2008 - present
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:
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