immigrant ads placed in a Boston newspaper
and misc. other similar notices in Clayton
county Soldiers' Cenotaph Association - the association struggled to
raise funds for a monument to honor the
county's dead Civil War soldiers, while
others argued that money was better spent to
help their widows and orphans
county Poor Farm & Asylum - Did your ancestor live at the
Insane & Inebriate Asylums and State
Asylum for Feeble-minded Children - Located at Independence, Buchanan
co. & Cherokee, Cherokee co.
Mental health issues were diagnosed &
treated much differently in past years; 'Odd
or insane' behaviors were poorly understood
by citizens and physicians alike.
Occasionally Clayton county residents were
taken to a State facility for treatment.
Prior to 1902, they were sent to the
Independence facility. When the Cherokee
facility was opened in 1902, some Clayton co.
residents were placed there as well. On
occasion when a child couldn't be cared for
at home they were placed in the institution
for Feeble-minded Children located at
Glenwood, Mills co. IA
County Orphan children - misc. compiled information
Aide to paupers & others - misc. years
When residents fell on hard times, were aged,
infirm or otherwise unable to support
themselves or their children, the County
stepped in to help out.
Co. Polio outbreak summer-fall 1949 - Five children died, several
others afflicted during 1949
for letters at the county postoffices, 1855, 1881,1882, 1883 - a good way
to find people who lived in the county for a
short time or who had recently arrived
- Mississippi River Pirates, Robbers
& Ruffians -
News articles about a ring of pirates &
thieves who were operating in the upper
Mississippi near McGregor, late 1850s.
- Pioneers and Old Settlers Festival,
Festival Proclamation, background info. and
name lists for the townships of Jefferson,
Farmersburg, Monona, Elk, Read &
Name lists for the townships of Cass,
Clayton, Marion, Giard, Garnavillo &
- 1901 Cass twp. Old Settler's Reunion - A peek at pioneer life and the
earliest settlers in Cass and adjoining
townships in Clayton county
Told by the Sturdy Men and Women of Pioneer
Days - From the
1903 Old Settlers Edition, North Iowa
Iowa Society Picnic, Los Angeles - many former Clayton county
Iowa Picnic, Los Angeles - many former Clayton county
residents attended New!
Annual Iowa Picnic, Los Angeles - many former Clayton county
& Bootleggers -
Was your ancestor a bootlegger?
.. additional prohibition-related information
is found in the District Court proceedings for various years
of the Communia Colony - as told by Mrs. Frank Liers in
Sketches - by Iola
B. Quigley, the sketches include the 'Giard
Tract' and 'The McGregor Estate'
1857 - from the North
Iowa Times, January 9, 1857
- County Board of Supervisors - Claims paid for May 1861
- County Board of Supervisors - Proceedings, September 1899