History of Ossian and Military Township
Table of Contents
Page
The Early Years 1
The Founding of Ossian 4
The Census of 1856 5
1860 9
Retail Prices in 1859 9
Secession at Ossian 10
The Mouse Colored Colt 11
The McGregor and Western Railway 12
The Masonic Lodge 15
St Francis De Sales Church18
The Methodist Church 20
The Universalist Church 22
The Stavanger Lutheran Church 23
The Ossian Lutheran Church 26
1870—-The Census of 187027
The Germain E L Church of St John 27
Indignation Meeting 29
The Ossian Newspapers30
The Cheese Factory32
The Ossian Cemetery Association 32
Directory of Military Township for 187534
Ossian Business Directory of 187541
The Incorporation of Ossian41
An Old-timer's Account of Lots 1,2,3 of Block 8 42
1880 45
The Ossian Bank45
The Public School 47
De Sales Parochial School 51
New Sidewalks Bring Happiness 53
The Great Railroad War 57
The Battle of Jackson Junction 59
The State Census of 188559
The Telephone Companies 64
The Clark Prohibition Law & Ossian Saloons66
The Ossian Board of Trade 68
The Republican Rally and Torchlight Parade69
The Democrat Rally and Parade 70
The First Street Lamps 71
The Ossian Race Track72
1890 74
The Ossian Hall Company 77
The Catholic Order of Foresters 78
The Modern Woodmen of America 79
The Ossian Fire Department 80
The Silver Springs Creamery Company 86
Professor DeMar's Balloon Ascension 88
The First Street Fair88
The Ossian Building Brick Company88
1900 89
The Second Street Fair 89
The Census of 190091
The Citizens Bank 96
Around the World in 190298
The Ossian Courts 99
The Baseball Teams 101
The Ossian Enterprise 104
Blast in Dental Office 113
1910 114
The Union Produce Company 116
A1 Palzer—The Great White Hope 117
The Electric Utility Companies120
The Early Automobile 121
The Naming of Porter Park 126
The Waterworks 127
World War 1 130
The Peace Jubilee 135
The Hemesath Band 136
The Ossian Bands 137
The Knights of Columbus 138
1920 139
Halloween in Ossian139
The American Legion Post140
The Population Changes 141
The Legion Auxiliary 142
Order of the Eastern Star 143
The Tent Shows 146
Early Radio 147
Watch Out for Papa149
The Movie Theaters150
The Sanitary Sewer152
The Phantom of Mechanic Street153
The First and Last Radio Broadcast156
1930 164
Roll Out the Barrel 166
The Ossian Scouts168
The Golden Years of Basketball173
Ossian's Poets 177
The Grand and Glorious Fourth 181
1940 186
World War II 188
The Ossian Hotels 193
1950—The Centennial Celebration200
The Korean War 203
The Location and Sequence of Business Houses 207

These pages were transcribed using ABBYY FineReader 12

Please, contact the County Coordinator to submit additions or corrections.


Winneshiek IAGenWeb Home

Copyright statement

Please read the IAGenWeb Terms, Conditions & Disclaimer
~all of which applies to the Winneshiek Co. website. ~
this page was last updated on Friday, 12 May 2017
Valid HTML 4.0 Transitional