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An Illustrated History of Monroe County, Iowa - 1896


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Chapter 1 ~ General Remarks

Monroe County is in the second tier of counties from the southern line of the State; and is the fifth county in the tier, from the Mississippi River. The townships of Monore County lie in the following order, enumerating them from east to west and beginning at the southeast corner of the county: Urbana, Monroe, Franklin, and Jackson; Mantua, Troy, Guiford, and Wayne; Pleasant, Bluff Creek, Union, and Cedar. Albia, the county seat, is situated in the northern half of section 22.

Chapter II ~ Speculation

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Chapter III ~ Organization


Chapter IV ~ Early Political Methods

Mormon Settlement


Chapter V ~ Miscellaneous Topics.


Chapter V ~ In Defense of the Flag.


Civil War Soldiers of Monroe County


Chapter VII ~ Railroads.


Railroads:  Albia, Knoxville & Des Moines   Centerville, Moravia & Albia   CB&Q - Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
   Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul   Iowa Central   Wabash Railroad


Chapter VIII ~ The Press.


Newspapers:Albia DemocratAlbia EraAlbia HeraldAlbia Independent Press
 Albia RepublicAlbia RepublicanAlbia Weekly GazetteAlbia Union
 Industrial EraJeffersonian BladeMonroe County ProgressMonroe County Sentinel
 People's DefenderPlaindealerProgress-DefenderReform Weekly Leader
 Spirit of the WestThe MessengerThe Olive BranchThe Opinion
 Weekly Albia Republican  


Chapter IX ~ County Government.

Picture of Monroe County Courthouse


Chapter X ~ Banks and Bank Failures.


Banks:   Albia Bank   Albia State Bank   1st National Bank of Albia   Monroe County Bank

Chapter XI ~ Judge Lynch and Criminal Matters.


Chapter XII ~ Miscellaneous Topics.


Chapter XIII ~ Early Joys and Sorrows.


Chapter XIV ~ The County Jail and County Finances.


Chapter XV ~ Churches.


Churches:African Methodist EpiscopalAssociate PresbyterianBaptist ChurchChristian Church
 CovenanterCumberland PresbyterianDunker ~ German BaptistHoliness Association
 Methodist EspicopalPresbyterianRoman CatholicService U. Presbyterian
 Society of FriendsUnited BrethrenUnited Presbyterian 

Chapter XVI ~ Agriculture and Manufacturing.


Manufacturing: Albia Canning Co. Western Mfg. Co.

Chapter XVII ~ Towns and Villages


Chapter XVIII ~ Some Battles with the "Hairy Nation."


Chapter XIX ~ Educational.


Chapter XX ~ The Mining Industry.


Mining Co.:Central Coal Co.Chicago & Iowa Coal Co.Deep Vein Coal Co.Diamond Coal Co.
 Enterprise Coal Co.Fredrick Coal Co.Geo. Combs Co.Hartyer Bros.
 Hilton Coal Co.Iowa & Wisconsin Coal Co.John K. Manley Co.Remey Bros.
 Smiley Bros.Smokey Hollow Coal Co.Wapello Coal Co.W. D. Russell Co.
 White-breast Fuel Co.Wilson Coal Co.  

Chapter XXI ~ Railway Casualties.


Chapter XXII ~ Organizations.


Organizations:  Albia Masonic Lodge #76  Ancient Order of United Workmen   Astor Masonic Lodge #505  G.A.R. Orman Post #337
   Independent Club Guards  I.O.O.F., Monroe Lodge #81   Knights of Pythias  Modern Woodmen of America
   P.E.O. Sisterhood  Rebekah Degree, I.O.O.F.   Royal Arch Masons, Monroe Chapter  Woodman Circle
   Woodman of the World   

Chapter XXIII ~ Horse-Breeding.


Chapter XXIV ~ The 1896 Canvass



image of scroll workSource: Hickenlooper, Frank. An Illustrated History of Monroe County, Iowa: A Complete Civil, Political, and Military History of the County, From Its Earliest Period of Organization Down to 1896. Chapt. 1. Pp. 11-14. Albia, Iowa. 1896.

Transcriptions by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2010