county Poor Farm & Asylum - Did your ancestor live at the
County Home? Updated! April 2018
Insane & Inebriate Asylum, Independence, Buchanan co. IA -
misc. years Updated! May 2018
Mental health issues were diagnosed much
differently in past years; and 'odd or
insane' behaviors were poorly understood.
Occasionally Clayton county residents were
taken to the State facility for treatment.
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
& Bootleggers -
Was your ancestor a bootlegger?
.. additional prohibition-related information
can be found in the District Court proceedings for 1924
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