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    Hamilton County
  • Date Formed: Organized in 1857
  • Parent County: Webster
  • County Seat: Webster City
Town Town Town
Bach GroveBlairsburgCalanan
CallananChristy TownDakota
Druid SidingEllsworthFlugstad
HighviewHomerHook's Point
Hook's PointHotnerJewell
KamrarKentuck GroveLake Center
Lakin's GroveLittle ChicagoMarion
Marion CityMettamoraMulberry Center
North Skunk GroveOak GlennParis
PlowPoland's GrovePoplar Grove
Prairie QueenRandallRed Cedar
ReinickerRose GroveRosendale
WEBSTER CITYWickesWilliams

December 3, 1998

          This email was sent to Margot Hill by Ed Nass a Hamilton County Researcher.  The entire IAGenWeb Project extends a warm thank you to Mr. Nass.  This is the kind of cooperation and input that makes genealogy sing.  His update to this page was made immediately.   Our thank you Mr. Nass. 

          "In the first row across the town of Callanan is not spelled correctly. You are missing the second letter l. This town was named for James Callanan of Des Moines, who was the president of the first railroad to come to this town.

          Another town, called Bach Grove, is missing. Sometimes in its history it was spelled Batch Grove. It got its name from three bachelor brothers who settled in this little settlement along the Boone River in the north part of our county.

         Christy Town is also missing. It was one of two towns in our county to be named for a woman, Christy Nessa. It is located along the banks of Skunk River in the eastern part of our county.

         Another very old settlement was Dakota (sometimes spelled Dakotah) which located along the Boone River in the southern part of our county. It was named for the Sioux Indian tribe called Dakota.

         Druid Siding was a town along the railroad tracks which are now the Illinois Central Railroad. Its earlier name was the Dubuque & Pacific, later the Iowa Fall & Sioux City. It was named for the Druids of England.

         Flugstad was a very small settlement that is located along the border between Webster and Hamilton County. It was along the Webster City and Southwestern Railroad, generally referred to as the Crooked Creek Railroad. It continues to this day as an elevator.

          Hook's Point was the first settlement in our county to be settled. It was an important town with many businesses and residents. It fell into decline when the railroad came through Stratford. It is actually at the same location as Marion City, which you identify as Marion. Isaac Hook settled the area and tried to call it Marion City for the township name, but the local residents preferred the name of Hook's Point.

          Kentuck Grove is listed but it should be Kentucky Grove.

          Little Chicago was a small settlement in the eastern part of the county. It was very small and its name was a spoof of the city of Chicago.

          Mettamora was a platted town in the northeast part of the county. It was replaced by Williams when the railroad came though the county in 1869. Williams was located about a couple of miles south of Mettamora.

          Mulberry Center is the name of a small settlement in the northeast part of the county. It had several homes, a post office, a church (which still remains today - but was moved to Webster City a couple of years ago.) I was named for the Mulberry trees that were set out by the founder.

          Oak Glenn (sometimes Oak Glen) is a settlement with a church and cemetery that is located along the Boone River in the northwest part of the county.

          Paris was the name jokingly given to a settlement near Hook's Point. It did not achieve the fame of the other Paris located in France.

          Prairie Queen was the name of another settlement which was located about a mile west of Mulberry Center. It was a trading center for the farmers in the area. It was named for a Quadrille Dance that was popular at the time.

          Red Cedar was a settlement and post office along the Boone River. It was also a stage coach stop for a time.

          Reinicker was the name given to a settlement located a mile from Druid Siding along the Illinois Central tracks. It was located on the farm of a man name Rienicker.

          Rose Grove was an important settlement along the Skunk River. It was first name Skunk Grove and the name was changed when the stagecoach stop and post office were taken over by Judge Rose.

          Skunk Grove is also missing. It is mentioned above.

          Stonega is also missing. It still exists today as a bunch of elevators along the Illinois Central tracks.

          Now you have listed a few that are not and never have been in our county.

          They are Hotner and Wicks. We have had some Wicks families living in the Rose Grove area but there was never any town or settlement with either name.

          My source for this information is found on the internet at