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Past and Present of Greene County, Iowa


“Uncle” Joseph Churdan, as he is familiarly called, was the first postmaster of the village that bears his name. He is still living, although he is way on the shady side of the fourscore years’ limit of life’s days. Frank D. Odell succeeded him as the appointee of the Cleveland administration. William Gatheny was next in line and Frank McCreery succeeded him. Then came W. B. Livingston, with a long term of service, to be followed by C. E. Wherry, who is now in charge of the postal interests and also editor of the Churdan Reporter.

The Union Town Company of Des Moines bought the site of the town of Churdan. The entire purchase was one hundred and sixty acres, of which forty were at once laid out into town lots. An addition of seven blocks were laid out a year and a half later, known as Head’s addition.

From Past and Present of Greene County, Iowa, by E. B. Stillman, Chicago, Illinois: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1907, pp. 201-202.
Transcribed by Cheryl Siebrass, November, 2014.

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