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I SEE YOUR POST IS OLD AND WHO KNOWS IF THIS WILL GET TO YOU. Not sure about the longest bar and Bill Cody, but do know a little about Nick Hentges. The Hentges family have been friends for four generations, although my generation seems to have not kept up with tradition. Nick was one of several brothers who came to LeMars inthe late 1880s. He was my great grandfather's(George ELlery RIchardson) closest hunting buddy. TOgether they shot wagon loads of deer, moose, bear and wolves. Much of it near Hallock, Minnesota where my gr grandfather had one of his land offices. Several of Nick's sons played baseball for the LeMars team with my grandfather, WIlliam Ansley Coad (son inlaw of Geo RIchardson). Nick's son Leo was one of my grandfather's closest hunting buddies, shooting truck loads of duck and pheasants (seriously! got the picture to prove it) near Sinai, SD where my granfather had a hunting camp. Leo's sister, Regina, commonly called "Geen" also hunted with them. Leo, Re!
gina, Emma and at least one of the other sisters never married and lived in the same hosue together on the 300 block of Plymouth Street for years.Leo also hunted and shot skeet with my father. Nick Hentges married Anna Wagner, possibly your grandftaher's brother or father. You will find some of the Hentges in my Elgie-Coad Hunting Camp tree. SOme of the ancestry records suggest Nick's children were born in DesMoines (I think). THant is wrong and merrely a state record translation. They were all or most born in LeMars and are buried in the Catholic cemetery, though I have forgotten exactly where. I don't believe any of the existing bars in LeMars have roots that go back that far. The buildings are newer than 1909, prohibition, etc. The Bill Cody thing is a surprise as I would have thought I would have heard that story, but it is possible.
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