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Like Mr. Collins, George W. Couch was a native of Virginia, and a farmer of Indiana several years before coming to the township. In 1863 himself and family occupied the log hut mentioned and twenty-five acres of broken land. At that time the country in his vicinity was very thinly populated, the only dwelling in sight of his house being the cabin of James Harris. Indians were plenty, and the greater portion of the land was unbroken prairie. Mr. Crouch paid for his land $13 per acre, with a crop on. He came with but little means, but did well, eventually owning a fine homestead of 160 acres, all improved, with substantial buildings, and a beautiful grove, a part of which he planted himself.

From "Compendium and History of Cass County, Iowa." Chicago: Henry and Taylor & Co., 1906, pg. 129.

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