Genoa was of some importance as a trading point before the construction of the Rock Island Railroad, and the consequent building up of Seymour. Prominent among those who were at different times engaged in mercantile trade should be mentioned, Smith & Bennett, Hopkins & Bro., John Jamison and Conger & Michael. Many of Genoa’s best men went to Seymour in 1872 and subsequently, and Genoa declined in importance.
Transcribed from the
Biographical and Historical Record of Wayne and Appanoose
Counties, Iowa – Originally published 1886, Inter-State
Pub. Co., Chicago, IL