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Pioneers of Polk County, Iowa

Pioneer Women of Polk County Iowa

My reminiscences of pioneers and old settlers — the pioneer claims a little distinction because he was “first in” — has been confined mostly to the men, but the wives and mothers should not be forgotten. While they did not build houses, business blocks, churches, and schoolhouses, make laws, and lay the foundation of civic …

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Parmalee and Watt's Mill

History of Parmelee’s Mill

The person who goes though [through] the country on the railroads diverging from the city, and sees the fine farm houses and their pleasing environments, has no conception of the trials and privations which encompassed their beginnings. As a rule, the pioneers located their claims near rivers and creeks. The clothing they wore, a small …

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Odebolt Societies

Wheeler Lodge No. 398, A.F. & A.M Instituted October 1879, and worked under dispensation until June, 1880, when their charter was received. The charter members are and first officers were: J. M. Zane, W.M.; W. A. Helsell, S.W.; H. T. Martrin, J.W.; Frank Burleigh, Treasure; F. A. Cobb, Secretary. H. C. Wheeler, W.W. Field, Geo. …

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1868 History: Morgan – Union Townships, Harrison County, Iowa

Morgan Township Morgan Township has been included under the organization of Raglan, and formed a part until the 1st of January, 1868, at which time the previous petition, it was organized as Morgan Township. Morgan lies west of Raglan and on the Missouri River, four by five miles in extent, and contains a good timber …

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1868 Harrison – Jefferson Townships, Harrison County, Iowa

Harrison Township Harrison Township is the northeastern township of Harrison County. Timber in this township is not over abundant, the groves being small; but since it is surrounded by groves on all sides it cannot suffer for timber. Through it flows the beautiful Boyer’s healthy water. The Boyer is a small river, and one of …

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1868 History: Jackson – Little Sioux Townships, Harrison County, Iowa

Jackson Township The soldier river enters this township in the north-east corner, and leaves it about the middle of the south side. About its early settlement I know but little’ but this I do know, that its inhabitants at present are good working class of people, and that the township is composed of good and …

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1868 Lincoln – Magnolia Townships, Harrison County, Iowa

Lincoln Township The first settlement commenced in Lincoln Township was some time during the year 1857. James Sellick, Hiram Moore and Henry Hushaw, were among the first who broke the sod in this township and as evidence of their appreciation of the place they located, they have remained there ever since, and are now prosperous …

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