Estherville, Iowa

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Estherville, Iowa
Public Library Estherville, Iowa
Public Library Estherville, Iowa
Location of Estherville, Iowa
Location of Estherville, Iowa
Coordinates: 43°24′16″N 94°50′1″W / 43.40444°N 94.83361°W / 43.40444; -94.83361Coordinates: 43°24′16″N 94°50′1″W / 43.40444°N 94.83361°W / 43.40444; -94.83361
Country United States
State Iowa
 • Total5.32 sq mi (13.78 km2)
 • Land5.32 sq mi (13.78 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
1,296 ft (395 m)
 • Total6,360
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,196/sq mi (461.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)712
FIPS code19-25860
GNIS feature ID0456397

Estherville is a city in Emmet County, Iowa, United States. The population was 6,360 in the 2010 census, a decline from 6,656 in the 2000 census.[4][5] It is the county seat of Emmet County.[6] Estherville is home to the main campus of Iowa Lakes Community College.


Estherville was laid out in the late 1850s, and the town was incorporated in 1881.[7] The city was named after Esther A. Ridley, one of the first white female settlers in the area.[8]

Features and attractions[edit]

Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District opened the 2016-2017 school year with the elementary, middle, and high schools on a single campus. This is the final stage of a plan which has seen the construction of new elementary and middle school buildings as well as renovation of the high school. The district is in the process of implementing 1:1 technology, beginning with Chromebooks for all high school students during the 2015-2016 school year.

The recently completed Regional Wellness Center was a joint project of Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District and the National Guard. Beyond standard gym equipment, the facility boasts an indoor track, pools with slides, and multiple group fitness classes.

Estherville, Iowa, is home to a beautifully restored Carnegie Library. Library services include free public wireless internet.

The intersection of Iowa Highways 4 and 9 features a statue of the Estherville meteorite breaking up in flight.

Fort Defiance State Park offers a variety of trails and outdoor meeting areas. Another park along the West Fork Des Moines River offers popular fishing spots, a historic swinging footbridge, a walking trail, and the community outdoor pool.


Estherville's longitude and latitude coordinates in decimal form are 43.404375, -94.833592.[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.32 square miles (13.78 km2), all of it land.[1]

Estherville is nearby to Okoboji and Spirit Lake, Iowa.


Estherville historical population
Iowa Data Center [5]
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 6,360 people, 2,607 households, and 1,546 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,195.5 inhabitants per square mile (461.6/km2). There were 2,892 housing units at an average density of 543.6 per square mile (209.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.6% White, 0.8% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 5.4% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.0% of the population.

There were 2,607 households of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.7% were non-families. 35.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 37.2 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 12.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.3% were from 25 to 44; 23.9% were from 45 to 64; and 18% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.3% male and 49.7% female.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,279, and the median income for a family was $41,042. Males had a median income of $27,500 versus $20,441 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,488. About 5.0% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.


A NASCAR wheel manufacturer/supplier, Aero Racewheels, is located in Estherville.[11]

Local media[edit]

The area is served by the Estherville Daily News, both in print and on-line. Two local radio stations serve the region, KILR (AM) and KILR-FM. The closest television station is CBS News affiliate KEYC-TV, in Mankato, Minnesota.


A piece of the stony-iron mesosiderite
found near Estherville
Estherville 1879 meteorite, at the Smithsonian

On May 10, 1879, a 455-pound meteorite fell to earth in Emmet County a few miles north of Estherville, and has become known as the Estherville Meteorite. When it struck it buried itself 15 feet in the ground. It is made of mesosiderite. Portions of the meteorite are on display in the Estherville Public Library, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Museum Reich der Kristalle in Munich and the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria.

Notable people[edit]

  • Virgil Charles Frye (August 21, 1930 - May 7, 2012), an American actor, former Golden Gloves boxing champion, and father of Sean Frye and Soleil Moon Frye, and is the father-n-law of Jason Goldberg. Frye made an uncredited appearance in the 1969 film Easy Rider while working as a makeup artist.[citation needed] His credited films included roles in Nightmare in Wax (1969), The Jesus Trip (1971), Garden of the Dead (1972), Deadhead Miles (1973), The Cat Creature (1973), The Klansman (1974), Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw (1976), The Missouri Breaks (1976), Up from the Depths (1979), Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype (1980), Graduation Day (1981), Take This Job and Shove It (1981), Revenge of the Ninja (1983), Running Hot (1984), The Burning Bed (1984), Winners Take All (1987), Colors (1988), The Secret of the Ice Cave (1989), The Hot Spot (1990), Man Trouble (1992) and S.F.W. (1994). Frye suffered from Pick's Disease or Frontotemporal dementia (FTD). He was the subject of a documentary made by his daughter, titled Sonny Boy, which documents a trip that Frye and his daughter, Soleil Moon Frye, took to his hometown, and the effect his illness has had on their relationship.[1] Virgil Frye died at an Orange County nursing home on May 7, 2012.
  • Kay Halloran Chapman (born January 19, 1937), known as Kay Chapman or Kay Halloran, is an American politician. was elected as the mayor of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States in November 2005. She is a Democrat and former state legislator, and a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, an organization formed in 2006 and co-chaired by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston mayor Thomas Menino. She was the first woman to enter into a private law practice in Cedar Rapids, and is the city's second female mayor. Ms. Halloran was a 1954 graduate of Franklin High School in Cedar Rapids.
  • Robert Hansen (February 15, 1939 – August 21, 2014), known in the media as the "Butcher Baker", was an American serial killer. Hansen was born in Estherville, Iowa in 1939. He was the son of a Danish immigrant and followed in his father's footsteps as a baker. In his youth, he was skinny and painfully shy, afflicted with a stutter and a severe case of acne that left him permanently scarred. Between 1971 and 1983, Hansen abducted, raped and murdered at least 17, and possibly more than 30 women, in and around Anchorage, Alaska, hunting them down in the woods with a Ruger Mini-14 and other weapons. He was arrested and convicted in 1983 and was sentenced to 461 years with no possibility of parole.
  • William M. McFarland (1848-1905), McFarland started the Brooklyn Chronicle newspaper in Brooklyn, Iowa and then the Estherville Vindicator newspaper in Estherville, Iowa. While living in Estherville, Iowa, McFarland served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1888 to 1892 and was a Republican. He then served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1891 to 1897. He then lived in Indianola, Iowa until his death. McFarland died suddenly from a heart attack while at the Saint Paul Union Depot in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
  • Christopher Morphew (born 1967) grew up in Estherville. He is a noted American academic and the current dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Education. He has held leadership positions in the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the American Educational Research Association.
  • Benjamin Adam "BJ" Sifrit (born 1977), gained notoriety in 2002 for the murders of Joshua Ford and Martha Crutchley. On April 9, 2003, Benjamin Sifrit was convicted of second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the death of Martha Crutchley, and was acquitted of all charges in the death of Joshua Ford. He was later sentenced to 38 years in prison on July 7, 2003. On May 25, 2002, the Sifrits, both 24 at the time, met another couple, Joshua Ford and Martha Margene "Geney" Crutchley, a mortgage banker and insurance executive (respectively) from Fairfax, Virginia, who were on vacation. After a night of partying together at the Seacrets nightclub in Ocean City, Maryland, the two couples went back to the Sifrits' condominium. According to records, the Sifrits claimed that Ford and Crutchley stole Erika's purse, and Benjamin pulled a gun on the couple. After retreating to the bathroom, Ford was shot four times with Erika Sifrit's gun and killed. Crutchley was also killed; investigators believe that she was stabbed, but the official cause of death could not be determined from her remains. The bodies were then dismembered and disposed of in a grocery store dumpster in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The remains were transferred to a nearby landfill, where they were recovered by searchers nine days later. Benjamin's parents are Elizabeth Ann "Buffie" (née Graves) and Craig Arthur Sifrit.
  • Dixie Lucile Reiniger Willson (July 30, 1890 - February 6, 1974), was an American screenwriter, as well as an author of children's books, novels, and short stories, sister of Meredith Willson. Willson was born in Estherville, Iowa to John David Willson, a lawyer, and Rosalie Willson née Reiniger, a primary school teacher and piano tutor.[1] In 1894 her parents moved to Mason City where her two brothers were born, John Cedric Willson and Robert Meredith Willson, who later came to prominence as the composer of the Broadway hit musical The Music Man.
  • Sherie Scheer (born 1940), photographer[12] Born in Estherville, Iowa, Scheer graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor's degree in 1969; she received a master's degree from that institution in 1971.[1] Long active in Venice, Los Angeles,[2] she is known for her hand-colored panoramic photographs,[1] although she later turned to fantasy portraiture.[3] Her work is represented in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum,[4] the Metropolitan Museum of Art,[5] the Center for Creative Photography,[6] the Portland Art Museum,[7] the National Gallery of Australia, and the Gallery van Haarlem.[1]
  • Frank P. Woods (1868–1944), five-term US Representative from 1909 to 1919[13] Born near Sharon, Wisconsin, Woods attended the public schools and the Northern Indiana Normal School, Valparaiso, Indiana. He moved to Estherville, Iowa, in 1887 and worked in a newspaper office for two years. He engaged in the real estate, loan and insurance business until about 1902 when he helped organize the Iowa Savings Bank of Estherville.[3] He also became involved in the publication of the Northern Vindicator newspaper of Estherville, before and after its merger with the Emmet County Republican.[3] He managed Iowa Governor Albert B. Cummins' successful campaign for a third term in 1906,[3] and served as chairman of the Republican State Central Committee in 1906 and 1907.


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  3. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  4. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved April 22, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Data from the 2010 Census". State Data Center of Iowa. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved April 22, 2011.
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  7. ^ History of Emmet County and Dickinson County, Iowa. Pioneer Publishing Company. 1917. pp. 128–129.
  8. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 121.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ Wheel manufacturers set tougher-than-required standards.
  12. ^ Jules Heller; Nancy G. Heller (19 December 2013). North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-135-63882-5.
  13. ^ "WOODS, Frank Plowman". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 19, 2011.

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