Clio, on the Rock Island Railroad, between Lineville and Allerton, is in the northeastern part of Grand River Township, and was platted April 16, 1874, by J. W. Tabler.  His nearest neighbor was Warren Vowell, who resided on the same section.  The postoffice of Clio is much older, having been established as early as 1856.  The name was suggested by Marion Edgeman, who wanted the appointment of postmaster, but this was given to Mr. Tabler, who retained it until 1875.  In that year W. Beaver put up the first store in the village, and was appointed postmaster.  In 1877 E. B. Arnold bought Beaver’s store, and succeeded also to the office.  Jesse Hutchinson put up the second store (hardware and dry-goods) and became postmaster in 1879.

     Hutchinson sold out to J. E. Rockhold, who was postmaster until 1881.  Arnold made an assignment, and his business was for a time conducted by John F. Hughes.  D. D. Elson then purchased the store.  N. O. Elson became postmaster in 1881, while running a furniture store.  He still holds the office, but in the summer of 1885 he changed his stock to dry-goods.  John F. Hughes bought back his store from D. D. Elson, and is still in business.  Hutchinson & Williams have a general store.  Charles Lathrop has succeeded to the ownership of Rockhold’s store.  David Bruner has a drug store, John Pierce and Robert Burns blacksmith shops, and Benjamin Latimer, a grocery.

     Dr. Frank Hemenway has practiced medicine here since 1881.  Dr. Cyrus Westerfield located here in 1877, and in the summer of 1885 went to Indianola.

     The Methodists built their church here in 1877, and have been successively under the ministrations of Revs. Patterson, P. J. Volmer, Boren, E. W. Brady, J. W. Cassel and A. K. Morrison.  The society has a membership of about seventy.  Services are held every two weeks.

     The Disciples were organized about 1879, and have held services irregularly since.  Robert Burns has preached every two weeks for a year past.  There are some forty members.

     There is no school here, the nearest one being a mile and a quarter from Clio.

     The station of the railroad was established about 1876.  D. C. Walker is now agent.

     The population of Clio is 115.


Transcribed from the Biographical and Historical Record of Wayne and Appanoose Counties, Iowa – Originally published 1886, Inter-State Pub. Co., Chicago, IL


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