Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Alden, one of the thriving towns of Rice county, is located in Valley township, on the main line of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe R. R., about 10 miles southwest of Lyons, the county seat. It has telegraph and express offices, a money order post office with one rural delivery route, a bank, telephone connection with the surrounding towns, a good graded public school, and is a trading and shipping point of considerable importance. The population in 1910 was 275.
Alden Post Office.
Alden post office open February 13, 1882 and was still running in 1961. First Poste master was John Mudge.
Some Businesses of Alden, Kansas 1902.
C. W. Dailey, Proprietor of the Alden Machine shop, Creamery and operator of two Reeves Threshers.
A. J. Godshalk, Dealer in Dry Goods, Groceries, Notions, Shoes, Gents Furnishings, Implements, Hardware, Harness and Oils.
William Ross, Dealer in Hardware, Implements, Coal and Grain, Paints, Oils, Wind Mills and Pump Fixtures.
This is what Alden would have looked like if you rode into town in 1908.
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Henry S. Wilson and wife, was a will known farmer of Alden. His 160 acre farm was the "River View Farm", they lived seven miles south of Alden, Kansas, in section 28, of Valley Township the same as Alden..