R. W. CALKINS.
R. W. Calkins, a New Yorker and an Illinois soldier in the Civil War, settled on sections 28 and 33, in the year 1868. He had there purchased 210 acres of prairie land, and afterward not only farmed it, but engaged in the hardware and implement business. He opened the first lumber yard and implement depot in the city of Anita, and was considered one of the most enterprising business men of the county.
From "Compendium and History of Cass County, Iowa." Chicago: Henry and Taylor & Co., 1906, pg. 152.