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No one disputes the claim of Osro Baldwin to this post of honor; in fact, for two years and a half he was the only settler within the limits of the present township. In the fall of 1855 Mr. Baldwin came from the Western Reserve of Ohio, and located on section 32. There he constructed a "dug-out," in which he lived until a short time before his death, which occurred in 1858. The "dug-out" and the log cabin, which replaced it, were the first two residences in the township, and Mr. Baldwin's death was the first.


The Baldwin farm was afterward owned by J. W. Brown, ex-major of Atlantic, and previously one of the early settlers at Lewis, and the old log cabin remained upon it for several years. It should be added that in the year of Mr. Baldwin's death one of his daughters married a Seth Sackett, which constituted the first marital union in the township. Osro Baldwin was the uncle of Charles Baldwin, the county clerk, who was drowned while attempting to swim Seven-Mile creek, in July, 1858. It is therefore evident that 1858 was an eventful year in the Baldwin family.

From "Compendium and History of Cass County, Iowa." Chicago: Henry and Taylor & Co., 1906, pg. 205.

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