If you want to learn about the early history of Ely, here's your chance! Why not take some time and read about the early days.
(A link to the article is at the bottom of this post.)
The Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette published a full page spread on the town of Ely on August 4th, 1923 entitled
"ELY - It's Community One Of The Oldest In County"
- by John R. Battin
(Some of the headings on the page are ...)
Town founded with coming of railroad in 1872
but first settlers near there in 1838.
Samuel Fackler, 93, who came in 1840 recalls stirring events of early days;
Fuhrmeisters also among first who pioneered there, are prominent.
New school house is being built; Town has own light plant;
Say business is good
(J.C.Dvorak) Active in civic affairs; Gained fame as "Barefoot Mayor" when in office ten years ago;
(F.J.Krob) World War Veteran Present Town Executive
(Under Samuel Fackler)
Lives in One-Room Cabin
Met Frontier Justice
Ferried to Cedar Rapids
Mrs. Fuhrmeister, Pioneer
Goes Barefooted (J.C. Dvorak)
Prominent Odd Fellow
Town Laid Out in 1872
War Veteran Is Mayor (F.J. Krob)
Photos are titled
"Some Pioneers and Street Scenes of Ely"
There is also information on many businesses then in Ely.