History of Marshall County, Iowa

In giving this little book to the citizens of Marshall County, it may be well to say it was written under many embarrassing circumstances, and not with the intention of making any elaborate literary effort. We have only tried to show the great advance made in the wealth and prosperity of this section of Iowa the rightful heritage of the toilers amid the rocks and sterile soil of the East; therefore, we ask the kindly consideration of the critic.

We commenced it as a pamphlet work, but many wishing it in a more permanent form, we have finally issued it to our readers in a manner better suited to their tastes.

We are much indebted to many of our prominent citizens for pecuniary help, and shall ever remember them gratefully for their kindness. Also, to the Hon. H.C. Henderson, for some of the legal points in the narration of the Marietta war; to A.J. Smith, Esq., of Timber Creek, for items connected with its history; and to K.F. Cleaver, of Vienna, for the list of her soldier dead.

 

Table of Contents

MARSHALL COUNTY 9

Railroads 11
Stone and Timber 11
Pasturage 12
Manufactures 13
Common Schools, etc 14
Military Record 14
History of the County 18
Indian War 20
LE GRAND TOWNSHIP 26
Women's Rights 29
Le Grand Institute 30
Present Prosperity 31
TIMBER CREEK TOWNSHIP 32
MARIETTA TOWNSHIP 36
Marietta 40
Marietta Battle 49
The Onset 54
The Retreat 56
Removing the County Records 61
New Year's Reception 61
The Death Blow 62
Hon. D.L. Arnold 63
T. Abell, Esq 63
IOWA TOWNSHIP 65
Albion 66
A Brewing Tempest 68
Primitive Living 69
MARSHALL TOWNSHIP 73
Henry Anson, Esq. 76
Marshalltown 77
Dr. John Childs 78
Sylvanus Rice, Esq 79
Wells Rice, Esq 79
John A. Kelly, Esq 81
C.B. Straight 81
Distillery 83
Amusements 83
Births and Deaths 86
A Double Wedding 86
Discomforts of Pioneer Life 87
Sabbath School 87
Singing School 87
Blackberry Hunt 88
Tea Drinking 89
Fourth of July Celebration 89
Concert 90
Pioneer Merchants 91
Click & Willigrod 93
David E. Parret 94
Mr. S. Lacy 95
Hon. H.C. Henderson 98
Hon. Gr. M. Woodbury 99
The Bell Society 102
"Tambos" 104
Methodist Episcopal Church 105
Camp Meeting 107
A New School Presbyterian Church 108
Lutheran Church 109
Baptists 109
Disciples Church 110
Universalists 110
Mite Societies, etc 110
The Press 110
Horticultural Society 112
Aid Societies 112
Celebration of Opening; of Cedar Rapids and Missouri R.R. 113
Pilgrimage to the Jordan 115
VIENNA TOWNSHIP 117
BANGOR TOWNSHIP 120
Bangor 120
MINERVA TOWNSHIP 123
Clemens' Corners 125
MARION TOWNSHIP 125
Green Mountain 126
Fredonia 126
GREENCASTLE TOWNSHIP 129
EDEN TOWNSHIP 131
Edenville 132
Order of Good Templars 184
STATE CENTER TOWNSHIP 135
Terrible Tornado 136
Prosperity of the Township 137
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP 138
Prairie Fires 139
Accidents on Linn Creek 140
JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP 142
Hunting Parties 144
Conservatism 145
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP 145
Storm in 1859 146
MARSHALL COUNTY its Population, Wealth, etc 148
MARSHALLTOWN Notices of her Business Men, etc 149
IN THE COURTS 151
BUSINESS DIRECTORY 153157
ADVERTISEMENTS 159168
C.W. FRACKER, Insurance 159
HILL, Liddle & Pollock, Dry Goods, etc 160
DR. GEORGE WHEALAN, Dry Goods, etc 160
C.W. SHERMAN, Marshall House 160
JOHN TURNER & CO., Hardware 161
WM. C. PAGE, Washing Machine 161
LEE & BROMLEY, Dry Goods, etc 162
BINFORD BRO'S & MORGAN, Agricultural Implements 162
BANBURY & CASWELL, Groceries, etc 162
ADVERTISEMENTS continued
MARSHALL'S RESTAURANT 162
SMITH & UTZ, Marble Works 108
G.M. WOODBURY & SON, Woolen Mills 164
FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF MARSHALLTOWN 164
J. LEE KNIGHT, Photographer 164
WOODWORTH & WHITTON, Dry Goods, etc 165
HARVEY & DAVIS, Dry Goods, etc 165
MRS N.M. HOLT, Millinery 165
DR. WM. H. MARVIN, Surgeon Dentist 165
W.S. RICE, General Merchandise 166
S. LACEY, Furniture 167
ABBOTT & KNISELY, Hardware 168

 

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Marshall County has a proud record in putting down the slaveholders' rebellion, having sent over eight hundred to the grand army of the Union. This, according to her population, was a good showing of her patriotic spirit. Gloriously, the brave boys from our midst carried the old flag on the bloody fields of Pittsburg Landing, Donelson, Inka, Milliken's Bend, Champion Hills, and many, many other places, where they won a renown equal to the heroes of Marathon and Thermopylae. But it is idle for an insignificant pen like ours to attempt to write an eulogy on Iowa soldiers. We might as well attempt to describe the Alps, or do any other impossible thing. The brave deeds of Marshall soldiers are written in blood by the Fifth, Eighth, Eleventh, Thirteenth, and Twenty-third Regiments of Iowa Volunteers. Also, in the Second Iowa Cavalry, Fourth Battery, and too, in the Eighth Cavalry, and there were a few in the Fourth Cavalry.