History of Hamilton County, Iowa
This volume brings the General History of Hamilton County down to the beginning of the Twentieth Century and no attempt has been made to make a systematic record of events occurring later than the above date. It presents the first serious attempt at compiling and publishing a History of Hamilton County that has ever been made. Chapters three to ten inclusive are the work of F. O. Lee, deceased. They were written in 1890 and 1891 and are presented, practically, as they were prepared by him and in the preparation of these chapters, Mr. Lee was always glad to acknowledge valuable assistance from Isaiah Doane. Chapter twenty-eight entitled "The Mills of the County," was prepared by Mrs. Effie McKinley Kantor.
Chapter twenty-nine entitled "The Kendall Young Library" was prepared by E. D. Burgess.
Articles on Church History have been contributed by Chas. Biernatzki, Capt. Frank E. Landers, Dr. W.R. Homan, Rev. M.L. Melick, H.A. Maxon and Prof. F.C. Runkle.
The editor desires to acknowledge great assistance from the files of the Hamilton Freeman, of which an almost complete set is in existence and from the writings of J.H. Stephenson, Isaiah Doane, W.L. Clark, S.B. Rosencrans and Chas. Aldrich which have appeared in the press of the county from time to time. He also desires to express gratitude for the kindly interest taken in the work by Capt. Frank E. Landers and for the immense fund of information he has always so promptly and willingly supplied. He is also grateful for the kindness of E.S. Boudenot, in making certain drawings to illustrate the work.
Table of Contents.
OUR TITLE... 17
THE FIRST SETTLERS... 29
EARLY EVENTS CHIEFLY OF A POLITICAL NATURE... 49
THE SPIRT LAKE MASSACRE... 69
JUST BEFORE THE WAR — EVEXTS OCCURRING IN '57-'58-'59 AND '60... 93
THE CIVIL WAR - LOCAL EVENTS OCCURRING DURING THE GREAT STRUGGLE... 115
JUST AFTER THE WAR - EVENTS BETWEEN THE BLOSE OF THE WAR AND THE ARRIVAL OF THE FIRST RAILROAD... 133
THE FIRST RAILROAD - THE ARRIVAL OF THE "IRON HORSE" AND ATTENDING EVENTS... 147
THE NEW COURTHOUSE — PRINCIPAL EVENTS OCCURRING DURING THE "SEVENTIES"... 167
REMINISCENCES OF PIONEER LIFE... 187
POLITICAL HISTORY... 205
CITY POLITICS... 233
RIVER LAND TROUBLES... 249
A CHAPTER OF TRAGEDY... 261
MILITARY HISTORY... 273
SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR... 297
THE TOWNSHIPS — HOW AND WHEN ORGANIZED... 305
HAMILTON COUNTY ATTEMPTS TO GET MORE RAILROADS... 327
THE ROSENCRANS PARK... 331
INVENTIONS, MANUFACTURING, WHOLESALE AND
RETAIL TRADE... 339
THE BENCH AND BAR... 355
THE MEDICAL PROFESSION... 371
THE NEWSPAPERS... 375
HANKS AND BANKING... 381
THE CHURCHES... 389
IN MEMORIAM... 413
THE MILLS OF THE COUNTY... 423
PUBLIC BENEFACTORS... 435
THE SCHOOLS... 443
AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS... 449
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VOLUME II (Biographical)
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Hamilton county is located very near the centre of the state of Iowa. Its present limits were established by an act of the legislature in 1850 and it was then named Risley, in honor of a Colonel Risley, who was killed in the Mexican war.