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Rev. Asa Walden, the father-in-law of William E. Johnson, arrived soon after the latter, and also settled on section 6. When a young man he had joined the Methodist Church, and later became a minister of the Gospel of that denomination. In 1847 he removed from Trumbull to Ashtabula county, where he engaged in farming and preaching and remained, with the exception of a short residence in Wisconsin, until he settled in Victoria township. Here he united with the Christian Church, and preached for that denomination until his death, August 7, 1861.

Mr. Walden's death was the first to occur within the present limits of the township, and during the same year his son, Asa Walden, Jr., contracted the first marriage with a Miss Gardner.

From "Compendium and History of Cass County, Iowa." Chicago: Henry and Taylor & Co., 1906, pp. 198.

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