Langford is situated on a gentle rise of ground,
commanding a good view of the surrounding country, and is located on sections 29
and 32. J. N. Lindley, from Fox Lake, Wis., located on NW 4 sec. 32 in 1883,
and last June gave the railroad company a divided half of his claim to locate
the town site there. Geo. Cole, from Minnesota, settled on SW sec. 29 in 1883,
and sold his claim to the railroad company. Langford was surveyed by Sam Denton,
and a plat of 190 acres completed July 1, 1886, on the same day that the
railroad track reached there. Up to the present date, July 10, quite a number of
buildings -are rapidly approaching completion. Jno. A. Edmands, of Andover, had
a large shanty hauled here June 20, and put in a stock of hardware; is the first
business place established in Langford. Daniel W. Farquhar, the blacksmith, came
here from Groton and put up his shop the next day after Edmand's shanty arrived.
Mr. Farquhar is one of the old veterans of the rebellion.
The railroad company built a section house and had it shingled July 8. The depot is well under way and will be completed in a short time. Hamilton and Shepard, from Winona, Minn., under the firm name of the Dakota Lumber Co., have their lumber office nearly completed. T. N. Daniels, from Groton, erected a temporary hotel. J. N. Lindley, real estate and insurance agent, has his office completed. Mr. Lindley dug the first well in town, near the depot; it is 23 feet deep, with an abundance of good water. A. Folsom, from New Hampshire, came to the Sisseton Agency in 1876, where he clerked several years, and can talk "Injun" like a Sioux. Later clerked in Webster and Andover. May 1, 1886, put in a stock of groceries in the Babcock-Brown store at Haupt. Mr. Folsom built a large store, and has the first general merchandise store in the village.
G. G. Green and P. O. Melland, from Groton, have about completed their pioneer restaurant. Labord and Langhorn put up a shanty at Haupt last. June and opened a saloon; on the 7th inst. moved to Langford. McCord and Newland will shortly erect a paint and sign writing shop. Several elevators and business places will be completed after harvest. Langford possesses every advantage to become a first-class railroad town.
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