John Gingery Cabin
A Link With The Past
This 14 by 18 foot log cabin was built by John Gingery in 1863 in what was called Five Mile Grove located two miles northeast of Atlantic. John left Stark County Ohio where he had been raised and had become a school teacher. He was twenty-six years old and arrived just as Cass County was being organized. He was hired by Cass County to do their clerical work in organizing the county.
John Gingery married Mary Hyatt of Audubon County Iowa on April 28, 1866. Ten children were born to them and all were born in this log house except the tenth and youngest child. This cabin may also have been used as the first school house in Rymosa Township until 1868 when a separate school building was erected.
This cabin was on the Gipple Farm northeast of Atlantic when the Atlantic Rotary Club became interested in preserving and restoring it as the club's bi-centennial project in 1976. The Rotarians and Boy Scout Troop 50 dismantled the cabin and numbered each log for rebuilding purposes. The Atlantic Soroptomists furnished the cabin much as it was originally furnished. It was the hope of the Atlantic Rotary Club that this cabin would typify the early history in Cass County and in the State of Iowa.
Gift of the Charles Gipples
Atlantic Rotary Club
Interior restoration by
Atlantic Soroptomist Club
Cabin built in 1865 by John Gingery
Used as school in the mid 60s
Location. 41° 24.289′ N, 95° 0.844′ W. Marker is in Atlantic, Iowa, in Cass County. Marker is at the intersection of Poplar Street (State Highway 83) and 6th Street, on the right when traveling north on Poplar Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: City Park, Atlantic IA 50022, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War and Spanish-American War Soldiers Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Cass County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); American Legion Memorial Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lewis Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.6 miles away); The Mormon Pioneer Trail / A Road and River, Well Traveled (approx. 7.9 miles away); World Wars Memorial (approx. 7.9 miles away); The Mormon Trail (approx. 7.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlantic.
Also see . . .
1. John Gingery Cabin at Iowa One Room Schools. (Submitted on April 10, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. John M. Gingery at Find A Grave. (Submitted on April 10, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 10, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.