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Spring Rock Township

The following history is from the Clinton Herald, July 4, 1976:

Spring Rock was organized in 1844, and got its name from a Scott County landmark known as Spring Rock which was a large rock with "a fine large spring of the purest water gushing out to make glad the heart of the passerby."

Wheatland was founded by John Bennett in 1858, and was incorporated in 1869.  During its early days, the town was plagued with a number of large fires.  There was one in December 1872 followed by a blaze on July 4, 1874 caused by the use of firecrackers.

Another fire followed on March 6, 1892 when about 12 businesses in town suffered heavy losses.  The plague continued with a fire on July 30 of that year, and in February 1893, seven business firms sustained losses in a fire.

"And still no fire protection was provided for the doomed town," the 1911 history relates.  "A hook and ladder company had been formed in the seventies, but it was of little service and was abandoned.  Nothing was accomplished until the spring of 1892 when in April of that year, a fire company was organized and the following autumn a system of water works was commenced."

(Probably one of the original six townships)

Towns

Big Rock

 

Half in Scott County

Cambridge

 

As shown on 1856 maps

Clamshell

 

Also known as Newell, on Wapsipinicon River

Newell

 

Also known as Clamshell, on Wapsipinicon River

Posten's Grove

 

On Rock Creek

Spring Rock

19 Oct 1840 - 23 Sep 1862

 

Wheatland

19 Jun 1858 - Current

 

Yankee Run

 

Renamed Wheatland

Cemeteries

80 English
  Homrighausen
82 Pine Hill
81 St. Paul's