Glidden Homestead's Patent Day celebrates barbed wire history
DeKALB – More than 60 people celebrated DeKalb’s history as the “Barb City” on Sunday during Joseph F. Glidden Homestead’s annual Patent Day event.
The local history group offered bus tours of “barbed wire” sites such as the Glidden family mausoleum in Fairview Park Cemetery and the original Perry Ellwood home, which most recently was occupied by Shirley Hamilton Nehring. The home at 417 N. First St. recently was donated to the Ellwood House Association.
The Patent Day event, which celebrated the 138th anniversary of Joseph Glidden receiving the patent for barbed wire, also featured tours of the Glidden home and the blacksmith shop.
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