Lures Manufactured in Fort Dodge Will Be Focus of Weekend Collectors Show
Fort Dodge has been home to manufacturing of so many different types of products both large and small.
Most locals know the history behind the gypsum mills, but did you know a special fishing lure was also made in Fort Dodge for decades?
According to Jim Askelson, the Lazy Ike Lure was made in Fort Dodge beginning in the late 1930’s:
Askelson is the grandson of Marie Kautzky. He says she and her brothers Rudy and Joe owned Lazy Ike and Kautzky Sporting Goods.
“They started the Lazy Ike’s in 1938,” he said. “The manufacturing plant was right next to the store. They carried that on until the early 70’s when they sold it.”
Fire struck the building that housed the sporting goods company located at Central Avenue in the 1950’s. They moved to the north side of the square in 1957 where they opened a new sporting goods store and production resumed.
The lure was last made in Fort Dodge in 1970’s and Askelson says this Saturday folks will have a chance to see them, share stories and even purchase them during a lure show at the Fort Dodge VFW from 9-2pm. Submitted photos

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