Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop
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N 41° 56.631 W 092° 57.690
15T E 503191 N 4643542
Quick Description: Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop Haverhill, Iowa
Location: Iowa, United States
Date Posted: 6/23/2011 7:38:57 PM
Waymark Code: WMBVJR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team Laxson
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Long Description:
Matthew Edel was a German immigrant who came to America with his family as a young boy. In 1883 he purchased a building and land in the brand new town of Haverhill, Iowa, to set up a blacksmith shop. He returned briefly to Iowa City, Iowa, married his sweetheart, then the couple set up living quarters above the Haverhill shop. Business went well, and Matthew's family grew, so he built a new house behind the shop.

Matthew Edel was a blacksmith who manufactured, sharpened, and repaired tools and other items brought to him. He also did farrier (horseshoe) work, repaired wagons and wagon wheels, and made items to sell. One of his more decorative products was metal cemetery crosses in a traditional Germanic design. Matthew was not only a blacksmith, he was a patented inventor. Matthew wrote and published brochures advertising his inventions. His most notable invention was a new type of cattle de-horning clippers.

Times were changing for blacksmiths in the early 20th century. About 1915, Matthew Edel's son, Louis, attended automobile mechanic's training, and set up a garage built next to the shop. As Edel grew older, his business decreased gradually. In 1940, when Matthew was in his 80s, he closed his shop permanently, and he died shortly afterward. Louis occasionally used some of the tools from the blacksmith side of the shop, but largely he left things as they were. Today, most of the items in the blacksmith side of the shop remain just as they were when the shop closed. The buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, and owned by the State Historical Society of Iowa. The Historical Society of Marshall County manages and cares for the site.

The Edel Blacksmith Shop is open to visitors from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 12:00 noon to 4 P.M. daily. Admission is free. An interpreter is on hand during open hours to answer your questions. Demonstrations of blacksmithing, and special tours of the site, may be arranged in advance, and are strongly encouraged for large groups: contact the Historical Society of Marshall County for arrangements!
Operating Status: Re-creation / Educational

214 1st St
Haverhill, Iowa U S A

Web Address: Not listed

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