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History & Genealogy

Source: 
The History of Jasper County, Iowa

containing A History of the County, Its Cities, Towns &c.
Publ. Chicago: Western Historical Company
1878

CONTENTS

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History Northwest Territory 19
 - Geographical Position 19
 - Early Explorations 20
 - Discovery of Ohio 33
 - English Explorations and Settlements 35
 - American Settlements 60
 - Division of the Northwest territory 66
 - Tecumseh and the War of 1812 70
 - Black Hawk and hte Black Hawk War 74
 - Other Indian Troubles 79
 - Present Condition of the Northwest 86
 - Chicago 95
 - Illinois 240
 - Indiana 242
 - Iowa 243
 - Michigan 244
 - Wisconsin 245
 - Minnesota 247
History of Iowa:  
 - Geographical Situation 109
 - Topography 109
 - Drainage System 110
 - Rivers 111
 - Lakes 118
 - Springs 119
 - Prairies 120
 - Geology 121
 - Climatology 137
 - Discovery and Occupation 139
 - Territory 137
 - Indians 147
 - Pike's Expedition 151
 - Indian Wars 152
 - Black Hawk War 157
 - Indian Purchase, Reserves and Treaties 159
 - Spanish Grants 163
 - Half-Breed Tract 164
 - Early Settlements 166
 - Territorial History 173
 - Boundary Question 177
 - State Organization 181
 - Growth and Progress 185
 - Agricultural College and Farm 186
 - State University 187
 - State Historical Society 193
 - Penitentiaries 194
 - Insane Hospitals 195
 - College for the Blind 197
 - Deaf and Dumb Institution 199
 - Soldiers' Orphans' Homes 199
 - State Normal School 201
 - Asylum for Feeble Minded Children 201
 - Reform School 202
 - Fish Hatching Establishment 203
 - Public Lands 204
 - Public Schools 218
   
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History of Iowa:  
 - Political Record 223
 - War Record 229
 - Number Volunteers 233
 - Number Casualties - Offices 234
 - Number Casualties - Enlisted Men 236
 - Population 238
 - Agricultural Statistics 274
History of Jasper County 307
 - On Foot Into the Wilderness 307
 - First White Woman and others 308
 - Keeping Tavern 309
 - Adam M. Tool 309
 - William Highland 310
 - Dragoon Trail 310
 - Two Hard Cases 311
 - Increase of Population 312
 - Indian Occupancy 312
 - Treaties 313
 - Whisky as a Time-saver 314
 - First Election 314
 - Horse Stealing 314
 - Indian Traders 315
 - Specie Payments 316
 - A Small Gain 316
 - First Wedding 317
 - Precinct Established 317
 - The County Filling Up 318
 - Two Deaths 318
 - Going to Mill 318
 - First Post Office 319
 - Civil Divisions 319
 - Principal Streams 320
 - Groves 321
 - Geology 321
 - Surveys 322
 - First Entries 322
 - County Created and Organized 323
 - Boundaries Established 323
 - Organizing Election 325
 - First Term of Court 325
 - Location of County Seat 326
 - Doings of Commissioners 327
 - Sale of Lots 329
 - First Probate Cases 330
 - Commissioners' Record 330
 - Roads and Mail Routes 331
 - Probate Matters 333
 - District Court 335
 - Pioneer Marriages 337
 - Tax List, 1849 337
 - Assessments of 1847 337
 - Incidents of Pioneer Life 341
 - Lost and Found 341
 - Religious Services 342
 - Winter Storm 342
 - State Capitol 343
 - First Mills 345
 - Indians and Whites 346
 - Game 347
 - Love and Murder 348
 - Claim Troubles 350
   
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History of Jasper County:  
 - Our Nation's Anniversary 350
 - Mob in Search of Indians 351
 - First School Houses 353
 - Blakely Shoemaker 354
 - Long and Dreary Winter 354
 - Uneventful Year 355
 - County Judge 359
 - Contempt of Court 363
 - For the Land of Gold 364
 - Indian Scare 364
 - Pioneer Jurisprudence 366
 - First Railroad Project 367
 - Unsuccessful Conspiracy 368
 - Liquor Case 371
 - Mormons 373
 - Flush Times 377
 - New Civil Divisions 377
 - Hard Times 380
 - New Court House 381
 - Revolting Crime 383
 - Beloved by None, Abhorred by All 383
 - A Mirage 384
 - A Retrospective View 384
 - Minor Chords 385
 - Punishing Theft 387
 - Draining Swamp Lands 388
 - Hickory Grove Established 388
 - County Safe Robbery 388
 - Eclipsed of 1869 403
 - Events of 1874 405
 - War History 408
 - Railroads 433
 - Coal Industry 435
 - Poor Farm 438
 - Medical Society 440
 - Agricultural Societies 440
 - Patrons of Husbandry 442
 - Educational 443
 - Newspapers 450
 - List of County Officers 452
 - Addenda 454
 - Abstract of Personal Property 507
 - Tabular Statement 508
 - Vote of 1876 304
Town Histories:  
 - Newton 454
 - Monroe 474
 - Kellogg 482
 - Lynnville 488
 - Vandalia 494
 - Colfax 497
 - Prairie City 500
 - Green Castle 503
 - Clyde 504
 - Reasnor 504
 - Galesburg 504
 - Baxter 505
 - Wilson 505
 - Fairmount 506
 - Metz 506


ILLUSTRATIONS.

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Mouth of the Mississippi 21
Source of the Mississippi 21
Wild Prairie 23
La Salle Landing on the Shore of
  Green Bay
25
Buffalo Hunt 27
Trapping 29
Hunting 32
Iroquois Chief 34
Pontiac, the Ottawa Chieftain 43
Indians Attacking Frontiersmen 56
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A Prairie Storm 59
A Pioneer Dwelling 61
Breaking Prairie 63
Tecumseh, the Shawanee Chieftain 69
Indians Attacking a Stockade 72
Black Hawk, the Sac Chieftain 75
Big Eagle 80
Captain Jack, the Modoc Chieftain 83
Kinzie House 85
A Representatiave Pioneer 86
Lincoln Monument 87
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A Pioneer School House 88
Pioneers' First Winter 94
Great Iron Bridge of c., R. I. & P. R. R., Crossing the Mississippi at Davenport, Iowa 91
Chicago in 1833 95
Old Fort Dearborn, 1839 98
Present Site Lake Street Bridge, Chicago, 1833 98
Ruins of Chicago 104
View of the City of Chicago 106
Hunting Prairie Wolves 249


LITHOGRAPHIC PORTRAITS.

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Cook, J. C. 457
Miller, L. L. 339
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Smouse,  D. W. 423
Wilson, J. W. 389
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Winslow, H. S. 305
   


JASPER COUNTY VOLUNTEERS.

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Infantry: 415
 - Third 415
 - Fifth 415
 - Tenth 417
 - Thirteenth 418
 - Fourteenth 419
 - Twenty-second 420
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Infantry:  
 - Twenty-third 421
 - Twenty-eighth 422
 - Thirty-seventh 425
 - Fortieth 426
 - Forty-eighth 428
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Cavalry:  
 - Fourth 428
 - Seventh 428
 - Ninth 429
   
Miscellaneous 429


BIOGRAPHICAL TOWNSHIP DIRECTORY

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Buena Vista 546
Clear Creek 598
Des Moines 636
Elk Creek 662
Fairview 551
Hickory Grove 616
Independence 610
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Kellogg 538
Lynn Grove 650
Malaka 571
Mound Prairie 668
Mariposa 632
Newton 509
   
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Poweshiek 624
Palo Alto 591
Richland 532
Rock Creek 606
Sherman 618
Washington 581


ABSTRACT OF IOWA STATE LAWS

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Adoption of Children 287
Bills of Exchange and Promissory Notes 275
Commercial Terms 289
Capital Punishment 282
Charitable, Scientific and Religious Associations 300
Descent 275
Damages from Trespass 284
Exemptions from Execution 282
Estrays 283
Forms:  
 - Articles of Agreement 291
 - Bills of Sale 292
 - Bond for Deed 299
 - Bills of Purchase  
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Forms:  
 - Chattel Mortgage 298
 - Confession of Judgment 290
 - Lease 296
 - Mortgages 294
 - Notice to Quite 293
 - Notes 290, 297
 - Orders 290
 - Quit Claim Deed 299
 - Receipts 290
 - Wills and Codicils 293
 - Warranty Deed 298
Fences 284
Interest 275
Intoxicating Liquors 301
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Jurisdiction of Courts 281
Jurors 281
Limitation of Actions 282
Landlord and Tenant 283
Married Women 282
Marks and Brands 284
Mechanics' Liens 285
Roads and Bridges 286
Surveyors and Surveys 287
Suggestions to Persons Purchasing Books by Subscription 303
Support of Poor 287
Taxes 277
Wills and Estates 276
Weights and Measures 289
Wolf Scalps 284


MISCELLANEOUS

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Map of Jasper County Front
Constitution of United States 250
Vote for President and Vice-President 264
Practical Rules for Every-Day Use 265
United States Government Land Measure 268
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Surveyor's Measure 269
How to Keep Accounts 269
Interest Table 270
Miscellaneous Table 270
Names of the States of the Union and their Significations 271
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Population of the United States 272
Population of Fifty Principal Cities of the United States 272
Population and Area of the United States 273
Population of the Principal Countries in the World 273
Population of Jasper County 675

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