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HISTORY
Source: 
Past & Present
of
JASPER COUNTY, IOWA
Gen. James B. Weaver, Editor-in-Chief
- Illustrated -
Volume I
Publ. B. F. Bowen & Company
Indianapolis, Indiana
1912
 (737 pgs)

CONTENTS

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Chapter I - Introductory 25
 - Importance of General and Local History
 - Jasper County Three Score Years Ago
 - Wonderful Change in the Scene
 
Chapter II - Natural Features 27
 - Geological Characteristics
 - Soil
 - Land Elevations
 - Streams of Jasper County
 - The Native Groves
 - Wonderful Mirage in 1859
 - Coal Mining
 - Industry
 - Weather Conditions of Jasper County
 - Climatic Changes
 
Chapter III - Change from Indian to White Man's Occupancy 37
 - The Iowa Indians, the Sacs and Foxes
 - Indian Treaties
 - Dissputes Between Iowa Indians and the Warlike Sioux
 - Treaty of 1825
 - Government Secures Indian Lands
 - Removal of the Indians
 - Indians and the Whites
 - Some Well-known Chiefs
 - Indian Traders
 - The Trail Made by the Dragoons
 
Chapter IV - Organization of Jasper County 44
 - Original Boundary Lines
 - Organizing Act of 1846
 - First Officers
 - First Meeting of County Commissioners
 - Locating the County Seat
 - Dividing the County into Townships
 - Boundaries
 - Another Change in Township Lines
 - Washington Precinct
 - Government Surveys
 - Dates of Township Organizations
 
Chapter V - Early Settlement of the County 54
 - Adam Tool and His Companions
 - Mrs. William Highland, the First Woman
 - Tool's Tavern
 - Assessment Roll for 1847
 - The Hollanders in Jasper County
 - The Pioneers
 - Wild Game
 - First Bad Characters in this County
 - First Events in Jasper County
 - First Portable Saw Mill
 - Claim Protection Societies
 - Going to Mill
 - Value of Bread
 - Some Severe Winters
 
Chapter VI - Counter Government 72
 - County Government Changes
 - Acts of the County Commissioners
 - Taxable Property in 1849
 - Acts of the County Judge
 - Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors
 - Drainage of the Swamp Lands
 - The County Held Liable
 - The County's Finances
 - Abstracts of Tax Books, 1910
 - Jasper County's Various Court Houses
 - First County Building
 - The Second Court House
 - The Present Court House
 - The County Jail
 - The County Home
 - Jasper County Seal
 - Official Directory, 1911
 - New Road Drag Law
 
Chapter VII - County State and National Representation 89
 - Presidential Vote
 - United States Senators
 - Congressmen
 - Governors of Iowa
 - State Senators
 - Representatives
 - Early County Commissioners
 - Commissioners' Clerks
 - County Judges
 - Sheriffs
 - County Surveyors
 - Clerks of the District Court
 - County Attorneys
 - Prosecuting Attorneys
 - Superintendents of School
 - School Fund Commissioner
 - County Supervisors
 - Township Officers
 - Supervisors' Districts
 
Chapter VIII - Agriculture, Horticulture, Stock Raising 100
 - Jasper, an Advanced County in One of the Best Agricultural States of the Union
 - Agricultural Census for 1905
 - Yield Per Acre
 - Rainfall
 - Jasper County Agricultural Society
 - Official Roster
 - Present Officers
 - Prairie City Agricultural Society
 - Patrons of Husbandry
 
Chapter IX - Railroads and Early Transportation 109
 - Importance of Railroads in Local Development
 - First Railroad Project
 - Iowa Land Grants
 - Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific
 - Newton & Monroe Railroad
 - Iowa Central Railroad
 - Chicago Great Western Railroad
 - Newton & Northwestern Railroad
 - Railroad Mileage of County
 
Chapter X - Educational Interests 116
 - Iowa Public School System the Best
 - Early Legislative Acts
 - First Subscription Schools
 - Early School Houses
 - School Finances Long Ago
 - First Schools in Some of the Townships
 - Newton City Schools
 - Occupations of High School Graduates
 - Jasper County Schools in 1870-76
 - A Model School House
 - Jasper County Schools in 1910
 - School Townships
 - Independent Village Town and City Corporation
 - Rural Independent Corporations
 - Some Statistics
 - Teachers' Institutes
 - Wittemberg Manual Labor College
 - Lynnville Academy
 - Hazel Dell Academy
 - Its Founder, Prof. Darius Thomas
 - Newton Normal College
 
Chapter XI - Newspapers of Jasper County 143
 - Potent Influence of the Press
 - First Newspaper in Jasper County
 - Newton Newspapers
 - The Express
 - The Journal
 - Jasper County Independent
 - Free Press
 - Newton Herald
 - Newton Daily News
 - Newton Record
 - Lynnville Star
 - Baxter New Era
 - Colfax Tribune
 - Colfax Clipper
 - Prairie City News
 - Monroe Mirror
 - Kellogg Enterprise
 
Chapter XII - Religious History of the County 152
 - Religious Convictions of the Pioneers
 - First Religious Service in the County
 - Present Denominations and Memberships in the County
 - Methodist Episcopal Societies
 - Newton Methodist Church
 - Tool's Chapel
 - Methodist Churches at Ira, Valeria, Mingo, Kellogg, Rushville, Mt. Pleasant, Reasnor, Colfax, Clyde, Fairmount, Kilduff, Prairie City, Lynville
 - Methodist Protestant Church
 - Newton Free Methodist Church
 - Baptist Churches at Newton, Colfax, Vandalia, Metz, Monroe
 - Presbyterian Churches at Newton, Colfax
 - United Presbyterian Churches at Monroe, Newton and the Palo Alto Church
 - United Brethren
 - Congregational Churches at Newton, Prairie City, Mornoe, Sully, Newberg, Wittemberg
 - Church of Christ (Disciples)
 - Universalist Church
 - Catholic Churches of Jasper County
 - Episcopal Church
 - Mormon Church
 - Lutheran Churches
 - German Reformed Church
 - Christian Reformed Church
 - Society of Friends
 - Seventh-day Adventist Church
 - African Methodist Episcopal Church
 - Young Men's Christian Association
 
Chapter XIII - Civic Societies of the County 191
 - Ancient Free and Accepted Masons
 - Royal Arch Masons
 - Knights Templar
 - Independent Order of Odd Fellows
 - Patriarchs Militant
 - Knights of Pythias
 
Chapter XIV - Military History of the County 204
 - President Lincoln's First Call for Enlistments
 - Enthusiasm in Jasper County
 - War Meetings
 - Official Action
 - Presentation of the Havelocks
 - Volunteer Roster of the County
 - The County's Death Roll
 - The Jasper Grays
 - Spanish-American War
 - Grand Army of the Republic
 
Chapter XV - Bench and Bar of Jasper County 119
 - First Term of Court in Jasper County
 - Early Judges
 - District and Circuit Courts
 - Jasper County Attorneys
 - The Present Bar.
 
Chapter XVI - Medical Profession 248
 - The Early "Saddle-bags" Doctor
 - Wonderful Advance in the Science of Medicine
 - Physicians of Jasper County
 - An Honorable List
 - Present Practicing Physicians
 - County Medical Societies
 
Chapter XVII - Banks and Banking 256
 - Little Early Need for Banks
 - Prosperous Times of the Fifties
 - Specie Payment in the County
 - Panic of 1857
 - Newton's Banks
 - Banking at Monroe, Reasnor, Prairie City, Newburg, Mingo, Lynnville, Baxter, Ira, Kellogg, Colfax
 - Bank Failures
 - List of Present Jasper County Banks
 
Chapter XVIII - The City of Newton 269
 - Beginning of the City
 - Value of Town Lots in 1846
 - Town Plat Surveyed
 - Early Residents
 - Business Enterprises in 1860
 - Activity of 1875
 - Subsequent Rapid but Steady Growth
 - Manufacturing Enterprises in 1911
 - Flouring Mills
 - Postoffice History
 - Municipal History
 - First Town of Charter Abandoned
 - Fire Department
 - Electric Light Plant
 - Water Works
 - A New Departure
 - City Officials
 - Free Public Library
 - Union Cemetery
 - Business Men's Association
 
Chapter XIX - Buena Vista Township 285
 - Organization
 - Location
 - Concerning the Settlement
 - First Events
 - Wild Turkeys
 - Village of Murphy
 - Village of Killduff
 - Churches
 
Chapter XX - Fairview township 290
 - Boundaries
 - Organization
 - First Settlement in Jasper County
 - First Events
 - Town of Monroe
 - Incorporation History
 - Mayors
 - Present Town Officers
 - Business Directory
 - City of the Dead
 - Postoffice History
 - Village of Fairmount
 - Fairview Township and the Civil War
 - Veterans Who Re-enlisted.
 
Chapter XXI - Mound Prairie township 300
 - Location
 - Organization
 - Original Land Entries
 - Early Settlers
 - First Events
 - Village of Metz
 - Village of Severs
 
Chapter XXII - Rock Creek Township 304
 - Boundaries
 - Population
 - First Land Entries
 - Organization and First Election
 - Fatal Accidents
 - Valuations
 - Village of Turner
 
Chapter XXIII - Elk Creek Township 306
 - Situation
 - Organization
 - First Entries of Government Land
 - First Religious Service
 - Elections
 - Valuations
 - Village of Galesburg
 
Chapter XXIV - Mariposa Township 308
 - Location and Organization
 - Land Entries
 - Personal Tax Valuations
 - Enterprising Spirit
 
Chapter XXV - Malaka Township 309
 - Largest Township in the County
 - Boundaries
 - Organization
 - Population
 - Land Entries
 - A Prairie Township
 - Tax Valuations
 
Chapter XXVI - Des Moines Township 310
 - Area
 - Natural Features
 - Population
 - Organization
 - Land Entries
 - Elections
 - Tax Valuations
 - Towns and Villages
 - Prairie City
 - A Desirable Location
 - Incorporation
 - Mayors
 - Local Improvements
 - Postoffice History
 - Business Directory
 - Vandalia Village
 
Chapter XXVII - Kellogg Township 316
 - Location
 - Population
 - Tax Valuations
 - Town of Kellogg
 - Original Platting
 - Early Business Enterprises
 - First Events
 - Municipal History
 - Business Factors in 1911
 - Postoffice
 - Fires
 
Chapter XXVIII - Independence Township 321
 - Boundaries
 - Natural Features
 - Organization
 - Tax Valuations
 - A Terrible Accident
 - Town of Baxter
 - Original Plat
 - Mayors
 - Public Improvements
 - Postoffice
 - Business Directory
 - Village of Ira
 - Business Interests
 - Postoffice
 
Chapter XXIX - Hickory Grove Township 325
 - Area and Boundaries
 - Population
 - Unusual Items of Interest
 - Assessed Valuations
 - Village of Newburg
 - Postoffice
 - Business Interests
 
Chapter XXX - Lynn Grove Township 328
 - One of the Original Civil Precincts
 - Natural Features
 - Tax Valuations
 - Character of First Pioneers
 - Early Enterprises
 - Another Early Settlement Account
 - First Events
 - Lynnville
 - Incorporation
 - Present Business Interests
 - Post office
 - Village of Sully
 - Business Directory
 - Public Utilities
 - Postoffice
 
Chapter XXXI - Richland Township 336
 - Situation and Area
 - Natural Features
 - Property Valuation
 - A Prosperous Farming Community
 
Chapter XXXII - Poweshiek Township 337
 - Origin of Name
 - Situation
 - Natural Features
 - Organization
 - First Land Entries
 - Greencastle
 - Village of Mingo
 - Officials
 - Postoffice
 - Business Interests
 - Village of Valeria
 - Commercial Directory
 - Postoffice
 - Oswalt
 
Chapter XXXIII - Palo Alto Township 342
 - Location and Area
 - Earliest Land Entries
 - Organization
 - The Beginnings
 - First Events
 - Interesting Paragraphs
 - Township of Reasnor
 - Present Business Interests
 - Postoffice History
 
Chapter XXXIV - Newton Township 346
 - Organization
 - Boundaries
 - Natural Features
 - Population
 - Elections
 - Tax Valuations
 - Historical Notes
 
Chapter XXXV - Washington Township 348
 - Boundaries
 - Streams
 - Population
 - Organization of the Township
 - City of Colfax
 - Schools and Churches
 - First Things
 - Medicinal Waters
 - Municipal Government
 - Incorporation
 - Mayors
 - Present Officers
 - Fire Department
 - Water Works
 - Postoffice
 - First Important Events
 - Business Interests
 
Chapter XXXVI - Sherman Township 357
 - Location
 - Groves
 - Streams
 - Early Land Entries
 - Organization
 - Population
 - Land Valuations
 
Chapter XXXVII - Clear Creek Township 358
 - Situation
 - Area
 - Streams
 - Population
 - Elections
 - Taxables
 - Village of Clyde
 - A Bad Fire
 
Chapter XXXVIII - Miscellaneous Items 360
 - Village Plats of the County
 - California Gold Seekers
 - Early Stage Roads
 - Marriage Record
 - Intoxicating Liquors, Prohibition, Etc.
 - Unique Temperance Election
 - Vote on the Constitutional Amendment
 - Local Literature and Authors
 - total Eclipse of 1869
 - Pioneer Woman Called "Good Squaw"
 - Old Settlers' Society
 - Jasper County's First Celebration
 - Population Statistics
 - Postoffices
 - Village Plats and Population
 - Early-day Mob Law Spirit
 - Jasper County Safe Robbery
 - Overturning of a Stage Coach
 - Grand Jury Indictment
 - Ventriloquism
 - Valeria Cyclone, 1896
 
Chapter XXXIX - Interesting Reminiscences 403
 - Great Indian Scare
 - Memorable Winter of 1848-9
 - Hard Winter of 1856-7
 - Reminiscences of the Old Court House
 - A Home Coming
 - Early Times in Mound Prairie
 - The "Know Nothing" Political Party
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX  

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