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History of Fayette County, Iowa,

A history of the County, its Cities, Towns Etc.

Illustrated.

Western Historical Company,

Successors to H. F. Kett & Co.

1878

 

Table of Content

complete transcription in progress

History of Fayette County

Early Settlement to Present time 307
The Neutral Ground 307
The Winnebago Reserve 308
The Black Hawk Purchase 308
Boundries 309
Fayette County Created 310
Streams 311
New Mission and Camp Atkinson 312
First Settlement 313
First Territorial Road 315
First Election Precinct 316
Culver's Trading Post 316
A Fearful Experience 319
The Tegarden Massacre 322
Pioneer Marriages 328
An Insolent Redskin 329
The First Crop of Wheat 330
Hard Experiences 331
Voting Precincts 332
County Road Established 332
Judges of Election 332
Boundaries of Fayette County 333
Pioneer Preachers 333
A Speck of War 334
Removal of Winnebago's 334
First Settlement of the Reserve 335
Rattle-snakes 336
Lost 336
The Surveys of Fayette County 337
First Entries 338
The Drowning of Young Rosier 342
The First Celebration 343
West Union 343
Pioneer Church Going 344
Auburn Township 345
West Union Township 345
Elkader to West Union 346
Township Election 346
The Prairie Banditti 347
Organization of the County 348
The First Election 348
County Commissioners' Court 350
Civil Township Created 351
Schoold Fund Commissioner 351
Commissioners' Court 352
Location of the County Seat 353
Increase of Mail Facilities Demanded 354
State Roads 354
County Roads 354
Township Elections 355
Appraisal of Town Lots 356
A Donation 356
Sale of Lots Ordered 356
Miscellaneous Items 357
The County Court 357
Marriage Licenses 357
Towns, Etc. 358
A Queer Proceeding 358
The First Court 359
Swamp Land Agent 363
More Civil Townships 363
District Court in 1853 364
The First Criminal Court 364
Admitted to the Bar 364
The Divorce Mill 364
The First Newspaper 365
The First Republican Meeting 365
New Towns 366
Court House Tax 366
The First Contract 367
April Election 367
Court Record 367
Tax Levy 368
Donation Party 368
Baptism by Moonlight 369
Towns surveyed in 1854-5 369
Grad Celebration at Auburn 370
Re-Apportionment 370
Additional Mail Service 370
Putnam and Oran Townships Created 371
Election of District Judge 371
Court Record of 1855 372
Townships Created 372
Another Celebration 375
County Finances 375
The County Judge's Report 375
Lost of the Prairie 376
A Fatal Prairie Fire 376
The Court House 377
The Presidential Vote of 1856 380
Additional Surveys 381
Admitted to the Bar 383
Consolidation 383
Wadena and Brush Creek 383
A New Judge 383
Fees 384
Trail by Judge 384
Smithfield and Scott Townships 384
Valuation of Property by Townships For 1858 385
Banking Election 385
Gold Excitement 386
A Financial Exhibit 386
Delinquent Taxes 387
Equalization 387
Apportionment of School Money 388
Census of 1858 388
District Court 1869 388
Financial Statement 389
Harlan Township 389
Didn't Want a Jail 389
The County Seat -- Vote Ordered 390
Railroad Agitation 390
County Seat Election 391
The First Convicts 391
Military 392
Fayette County Teachers' Association 392
Presidential Election 392
A Bold Burglary 393
The Reward 393
County Judge System Abolished 394
The First Board of Supervisors 395
Aid for Kansas Sufferers 395
Relief for Volunteers 396
The Ostander Murder 396
Swamp Lands, Etc. 398
Added to the Bar 400
A Fatal Well 400
Bounty to Volunteers 400
Bounty Suspended 400
Bounty on Wolves 401
Township Collectorship 401
Soldiers Bounty 402
The Supervisor System Condemned 402
Pocket Gophers 403
The Jail Question Again 403
A Substitute For a Jail 403
The County Seat Content Revived 404
Majority Report 404
Minority Report 404
Circuit Court 406
County Auditor 406
Richland Changed to Bethel 407
County Supervisorship Established 407
Railroad Meeting 408
A Terrible Accident 408
Another Railroad Agitation 410
New Town 410
Chased by Wolves 410
Burning of the Court House 410
Rebuilding the Court House and the County Seat Contest 411
New Town 412
The Court House Rebuilt 413
Flood 414
Fayette Township 414
The Flood of 1878 415
War History 416
War Record 428
County Poor Farm 445
County Officers, 1850-1878 446
Township Officers, 1878 449
Post Offices and Postmasters 450
Railroads 453
Press 456
Historical and Pioneer Associations 462
Agricultural Society and Mechanics Institute 467
Creameries & Cheese Factories 470
Fine stock Breeders Association 470
Medical Society 471
Home insurance Company 472
Educational 481
Miscellaneous 485
Patrons of Husbandry 485
Fire Insurance 485
Life Insurance 485
Abstract Assesment 573
Vote of 1876 304
Property Statement 574
   

Towns and Townships

West Union 487
Westfield & Fayette 507
Lima 515
Albany 516
Westfield Township 516
Elgin and Lutra  (Pleasant Valley Twp.) 521
Clermont 527
Eldorado 531
Auburn 534
Eden Township 537
Windsor Township 539
Bethel Township 540
Banks Township 541
Fairfield Township 544
Brush Creek 546
Taylorsville 550
Randalia 551
Center Township 552
Wadena 554
Smithfield Township 558
Harlan Township 560
Fremont Township 563
Oelwein 565
Ostego 568
Jefferson Township 569
Oran Township 570
Putnam Township 571
   
   

Lithographic Portaraits

Hale, Samuel 555
Hoagland, Hiram 457
Hensley, A. J. 703
Hillsinger, L. D. 423
Morse, B. 339
McClintock, W. 373
Probasco, A 637
Rogers, Jacob W. 303
Talmadge, C. H. 489
   

Fayette County Volunteers:

Infantry:
Third 428
Ninth 430
Twelfth 432
Eighteenth 433
Twenty-first 434
Thirty-seventh 434
Thirty-eighth & Thirty-fourth 434
Forty-sixth 439
Miscellaneous 439
Cavalry:
First 440
Sixth 440
Seventh 441
Ninth 442
Missellaneous 442
   

Biographical Township Directory

Auburn 748
Bethel 658
Banks 601
Clermont 732
Center 712
Dover 672
Eden 623
Fayette 701
Fremont 742
Fairfield 605
Harlan 596
Illyria 635
Jefferson 643
Oran 665
Pleasant Valley 718
Putnam 616
Smithfield 679
Scott 662
Windsor 692
West Union 575
Westfield 686
   
 
     

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