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mixed congregation and was the first person to deliver a sermon in
Boone. In December of that memorable year the Methodist Church
was organized by Presiding Elder D. Larmont. During the month
of March, 1867, the Presbyterian Church was organized and about
the same time the Baptists efifected an organization.

in the years 1866 and 1867 building operations were continuous
and the place showed wonderful activity in every line of endeavor.
Over three hundred buildings dotted the landscape. Early in the
vcar 1867 the Metropolitan Mall Building was erected on the corner
of Eighth and Storv, in which the first bank in Boone was opened by
A. K. Wells; and the Goeppingers built their large brick business
block and liarness factory on Story Street, still standing as a monu-
ment to the skill and iionesty of the contractors of the time. The
roundhouse promised bv the railroad company was built this year
and stood until the summer of i()\-\., when it was torn down, having
been condemned and discarded some years ago. A thirty-eight stall



HISTORY OF BOONE COUNTY 423

roundhouse has been in use by the company ever since the old one
became useless.

Men of the professions were soon attracted to Boone. Among
the first were Bittenger & Hudson, lawyers, and Dr. L. J. Alleman,
physician. To further particularize in this regard would be but to
make repetitions, as both the legal and medical professions are
treated in chapters of their own.

INCORPORATED AS MONTANA

The new town up to the time of its incorporation was known as
Boone, the "ville," as a tail to the name, not being used. Early in
the year 1866, there being some fifteen hundred inhabitants, most
if not all of whom were loyal and ambitious for their town, began
to take steps looking toward incorporation, and on the 7th day of
May, 1866, their desires were gratified, as the following excerpts
from the records of the city clerk show:

Your petitioners, qualified voters and residents of the territory
to be embraced in the proposed incorporation, the plat of which is
hereunto annexed, would pray the honorable court to grant them
incorporation for the same, as a bodv politic, to be named Montana,
Iowa, which embraces all that tract of land known and designated as
"The Town of Boone, Iowa," being situated in Boone County, Iowa.

The west part of the northwest quarter of Section 27; the north
part of Section 28, and the south part of Section 21, in Township 84,
Range 26, west of the fifth principal meridian. And we name Bit-
tinger & Hudson as our agents, to act for us before the court and
elsewhere, in reference to this petition for incorporation. William
H. Gallup, James G. Crozer, Jacob H. Lockwood, William Groner
A. B. Holcomb, Levi Norton, R. D. Coldren, George A. Lowe
E. G. Fracker, Jacob Snell, W. C. Martens, John A. Cotton, L. W
Cook, L. H. Pepper, J. P. Drabeck, A. J. Roberts, E. B. Cook, ]. W
Grosh, C. E. Phipps,' J. E. Dififenbacker, J. M. Dififenbacker,"T. J
McChesney, J. Reece, J. W. Reece, A. M. Gould, H. C. Lewis, Mike
Flattery, J. B. Crafts,'G. Harris, ]. S. Gregory, W. D. Moore, N.
Whitehead, N. J. Meyers, John Meakin, C. T. Culver, R. C. Rocke,
H. Burlingame, William H. Fuller, E. C. Lawrence, Henry Hile,
John McFarland, S. Hills, J. Shelters, L. Young, W. C. Dillon, E.
Renter, I. B. Peck, L. D. Babcock, Daniel Crafts, Michael Sod-
wiski, H. P. Burleigh, Ira Price, H. W. Kistner, F. C. Hill, A. H.
Ingersoll, C. E. Ripley, J. H. Adams, J. C. McChesney, George



424 HISTORY OF BOONE COUNTY

Holmes, Samuel Crozcr. J. S. Walters, Sol Kuh, J. T. Smith, W. H.
Munger, E. Newton, V. W. Sawyer, G. W. Heugh, Perry Brocken,
Anthony Kopitsky, Edward Carlton, Martin Davlin, C. C. Lambert,
Thomas Gerrard, David Lutz, Benton Post, E. C. Whiting, G. W.
Soverling, Thomas Conners, W. A. Aker, Thomas Fate, John Ack-
ley, James L. Seber, Philip J. Gulp, G. A. Williams, H. F. Pratt,
George Bates, E. C. Gould, L. Burgess, B. Hardcastle, H. Borigo,
L. Ford, John Digby, J. D. Evans, H. Hudson. G. L. Bittenger,
W. T. Tripp, G. S. Eddy, H. Weaver.

STATE OF IOWA, ,
liOONE COUNTY, [

In County Court, Boone County, Iowa, May 7, 1866.
Having heard the witiiin petition for incorporation, ] hereby
order that the same be granted according to the rcijuirements of said
petition.

M. K, Ramsey. County Jinhjc.
Filed 22d of February, 1866. Time set for hearing, the first
Monday in May, 1866.

M. K. Ramsey. County Judge.

Filing fees, $1.50.

Filed for record May 21, 1866, at 4 o'clock P. M. Recorded
in Village Record Book No. "B," pages 501 and 502.

A. C. LOWRY,
Fees $2.2 1; paid. Recorder Boone County, louti.

STATE OF IOWA, |

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BOONE COl'NTY, j "

1. A. C. Lowry, recorder of Boone County, Iowa, do hereby
certifv tiiat the foregoing is a true copy of the petition of incorpora-
tion for the Town of Montana, Iowa, as the same appears of record
in Book No. B, Village Record, pages 501 and 502, of Boone County
Records.

in witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 26th day
of June. 1866. A. C. LoWRY.

Recorder of Deeds. Boone County. loua.

An election was then held to fill the various oflices prescribed
by law. with the following result: For mayor, Henry Hudson;
treasurer, W. H. Gallup; recorder, Andrew Downing; marshal, A.
Geer; trustees, W^ D. Hambel, C. T. Culver, A. J. Roberts, C. T.
Isham, S. K. Dev.



HISTORY OF BOONE COUNTY 425

Boone, or Montana as it here should be called, continued to grow
and prosper. By the year 1868 the population had increased to
2,000 and the desire for greater privileges and a more honored place
in the subdivisions of the state gave rise to a movement for an elec-
tion to test the views and desires of the electorate of Montana as to
abandoning the charter and seeking the position of a city of the
second class. In this relation the records of the city clerk's office
display the following:

Montana, January 11, 1868.

Council met at mayor's office. Present — A. Downing, mayor;
L. Burgess, S. Burlingame, T. J. Goodykoontz, D. L. Smith, B.
Wilmot, councilmen.

A petition signed by O. Sturtevant, D. F. Goodykoontz, A. A.
Budd and fifty others, asking for an election on the question of
abandoning the charter, with a view to become an incorporated
city of the second class, was read. On motjon the prayer of the
aforesaid petition was granted and an election ordered. Yeas —
Burgess, Burlingame, Smith, Wilmot and Goodykoontz. Nays —
none.

On motion of D. L. Smith, the following preamble and resolu-
tion was adopted:

Whereas, The incorporated Town of Montana has a population
of 2,000 inhabitants, and a petition has been presented signed by
fifty legal voters asking for an election upon the question of
abandoning the charter with a view and for the purpose of becoming
an incorporated city of the second class. Therefore be it

Resolved, by the Board of Trustees of the incorporated Town of
Montana, that the mayor be authorized to issue a proclamation to
the voters of said incorporated town, for an election to be held on
Monday, February 10, 1868, at the mayor's office in said Town of
Montana, for the purpose of voting on the question of abandoning
the present charter. Yeas — Burgess, Burlingame, Goodykoontz,
Smith and Wilmot. Nays — none.

On motion, T. J. Goodykoontz, H. Hudson and C. Whitaker
were appointed judges, and J. C Haines and J. C. Kennedy clerks
of said election.

On motion, it was ordered that the marshal, J. W. Campbell, be
appointed to take a census of the Town of Montana, and make
returns of the same at the next regular meeting.

T. J. Goodykoontz,

Recorder pro tern.



426 HISTORY OF BOONE COUNTY

mayor's I'ROCLAMA'IION

To the Qualified Electors of the Incorporated Town of Montana,

Iowa :

At a mcctinjj; ol the Boarcl of Trustees of said incorporated Town
of Montana held January ii, 1868, the following preamble and
resolution was adopted by said board, to wit:

Whereas, The incorporated Town of Montana has a population
of 2,000 inhabitants, and a petition has been presented, signed by
fifty legal voters, for an election upon the question of abandoning
the charter, with the view of and for the purpose of becoming an
incorporated city of the second class,

Therefore, be it resolved, by the Board of Trustees of the in-
corporated Town of Montana, that the mayor be authorized to issue
a proclamation to the voters of said incorporated town for an election
to be held on Monday, February 10, 1868, at the mayor's office in
said Town of Montana, for the purpose of voting on the question of
abandoning the present charter.

Now, therefore, in pursuance to the foregoing preamble and
resolution, I hereby proclaim that a special election will be held
on Monday, February 10, 1868, at my ofiice in said Town of Mon-
tana, for the purpose above specified and in accordance with the
statute in such cases made and provided.

Those in favor of abandoning the present charter will deposit
ballots having the words "For Abandonment" written or printed
thereon. Those opposed to such abantionment will deposit ballots
"Against Abandonment."

Given under my hand this 1 5th day of January, 1868.

A. Downing, Mayor.

I hereby certify that tliis proclamation of Mayor Downing was
published in the Montana Standard for four consecutive weeks prior
to the (lay of election, to wit: January 16, 23, 30, and Februarv 6,
1868, as appears by the files of said paper.

V. TOMLINSON. City Clerk.

Having become incorporated as a city of the second class further
changes became desirable. The name, Montana, was not desirable,
and a petition, generously signed by citizens in the early part of
1871, was filed in the Circuit Court, asking that the name be changed
from Montana to Boone. The effort was successful. In 1876, the
outskirts of the city having become largely occupied by residences,
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HISTORY OF BOONE COUNTY 427

the council was petitioned for an enlargement of the municipal
boundaries. To this end an election was held on the 9th day of
September, 1876, to learn the sense of the electorate on the proposi-
tion. The result of that election is given below, being also of record
in the city clerk's office:

NAME CHANGED FROM MONTANA TO BOONE

STATE OF IOWA, 1

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BOONE COUNTY, J "

Be it remembered that a regular term of the Circuit Court of
Iowa, in and for Boone County, begun and held at the courthouse in
Boonesboro on the 22d day of May, A. D. 1871, at which was present
Hon. Henry Hudson, sole presiding judge; George Crooks, sheriff
of said county, and Philip Livingston, clerk of said court. And
now, on the 2d day of June, A. D. 1871, it being the fourth day of
said regular term, the following proceedings among others were
had and entered of record, to wit:
In the Matter of Change of Name of the City of Montana, Boone

County, Iowa:

On this day this matter coming to be heard by the court, it is
ordered that notice be posted as by law required, and the same to be
heard at the August term of this court.

And afterwards, to wit, on the 30th day of August, A. D. 1871,
it being the third day of the August term of said court, the following
further proceedings were had and entered of record, to wit:



[ DECREE.



INCORPORATED CITY OF MONTANA
FOR CHANGE OF NAME
And now, on this, the 30th day of August, 1871, and it being the
third day of said term of the Circuit Court, this cause coming on
for hearing on the petition filed on the part of the city, J. A. Eaton
appearing as counsel on the part of the city, and no appearance to
file objections to said change; and the court having first examined
the petition and notice, and the sheriff's return on the same, finds
that said petition has been regularly filed and submitted, and that
due and legal notice has been given of such contemplated change,
and hearing the arguments of the counsel, finds that said city is
entitled to such change of name as asked and prayed for in said
petition. It is therefore ordered, adjudged and decreed by the court



428 HISTORY OF BOONE COUNTY

that the name of said city be and is changed from Montana to Boone,
and that said change of date take place from the date of the decree.

H. Hudson, Judge.

S'IV\'IE OF IOWA, )
BOONE COUNTY, [

1, James Hazlett, clerk of Circuit Court of Iowa, in and for
Boone County, do hereby certify the above and foregoing to be ,a
full, true and complete copy of the record and judgment entries in
the above entitled cause as rendered by said Circuit Court as full
true and complete as the same remains of record in my office.

J. L. Hazlett, Clerk of Said Court.
Boone, Iowa, September ii, 1871.

Called meeting of the city council called to order by naming
J. M. Smith to the chair. S. R. Page was appointed clerk pro tem.

The following resolution was passed and ordered put upon the
record as part of the minutes.

Be it resolved by the city council of the incorporated City of
Boone, That whereas, the name of said city has been changed from
Montana to Boone by a decree of the Circuit Court of Boone County,
Iowa,

Resolved, i. That all acts and actions of said city council, and
that the officers be and are in full force and authority the same as
before such change, and that all orders and papers to be henceforth
in the name of Boone, and all seals of such city be changed to Boone.

2. That the decree be placed on file and recorded in the ordinance
record of said city, and be made a part of the same.

E. E. Webb, Mayor.

S. R. Page, Clerk pro tem.

mayor's PROCLAMATION

To the Electors of the Incorporated City of Boone, as proposed to be

enlarged :

Whereas, The city council of said city have fixed the proposed
boundaries of said city as described below, and whereas, the city
council have, by resolution passed August 7, 1876, instructed the
mayor of said city to issue a proclamation calling an election to be
held on Saturday, the 9th of September, 1876, for the purpose of
voting on the question of extending the limits of the City of Boone



HISTORY OF liOONE COUNTY 429

to the boundaries hereinafter described, as fixed by the council of
said city, to wit :

South Line. Beginning at the tiiiarter section post between sec-
tions twenty-eighth (28) and twenty-nine (29) Government survey;
town eighty-four (84), range twenty-six (26), east four hundred and
seven and one-third rods (407 1/3) into section twenty-seven (27)
town and range as above.

East Line. Thence north parallel to section line, between sec-
tions twenty-seven (27) and twenty-eight (28) and twenty-one (21)
and twenty-two (22), town and range as above, four hundred and
seven and one-third rods (407 1/3).

North Line. Thence west eighty-seven and one-third rods
(87 1/3) to the south line of Nineteenth Street, and thence on south
line of said street to section line between sections twenty (20) and
twenty-one (21) three hundred and twenty rods (320) town and
range as above.

West Line. Thence on said section line between sections twenty
(20) and twenty-one (21) and sections twenty-eight (28) and twenty-
nine (29) four hundred and seven and one-third rods (407 1/3) to
place of beginning, town and range as above.

Now, therefore, I, D. C. Wilmot, mayor of the incorporated
City of Boone, Iowa, do hereby give notice and proclaim that there
will be at the city hall in said city on the 9th day of September,
A. D. 1876, an election to determine by vote the boundaries of said
city as proposed to be enlarged.

Those who are in favor of extending the city limits as proposed by
said boundaries as fixed by said council will have written or printed
on their tickets the words "For extending the city limits," and those
opposed to such extension will have written or printed on their
tickets the words "Against extending the city limits."

It is to be understood that all lands or parcels of lands within
said proposed limits are to become a part of said city.

It is to be understood that the question of extending the city
limits is submitted to the vote of all the qualified electors inhabiting
the whole city as proposed to be enlarged.

Polls of election to be opened at 9 o'clock A. M.

Witness my hand and the seal of said city this 7th day of August,
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy-six.

D. C. Wilmot, Mayor.



430 HISTORY OF BOONE COUNTY

I hereby certify that the foregoing proclamation was published
in the Boone County Republican August 9, 16, 23 and 30, 1876, as
required by law.

V. TOMLINSON, City Clerk.
Official canvass of votes cast at the special election held in and
for the City of Boone, Towa, on the 9th day of September, A. D.
1876, when the cjuestion of extending the city limits of Boone was
voted upon. The result of said election we find to be as follows:
There were 233 ballots cast, of which 197 were "For extending the
city limits," and thirty-six were "Against extending the city limits."
Therefore wc find that the proposition to extend the citv limits is
carried.

Signed this 13th day of September, 1876.

V. TOMLINSON,
D. C. WiLMOT,

Board of Canvassers.

mayor's proclamation

Whereas, at an election held at the city hall, in the incorporated
City of Boone, Iowa, on the 9th day of September, A. D. 1876, for
the purpose of determining by vote of the qualified electors of said
city as proposed to be enlarged, the question of extending the city
limits to the boundaries thereof as fixed by the city council of said
city on the 7th day of August, A. D. 1876, it is found there were
233 ballots cast, of which 197 were "For extending the city limits,"
and thirty-six votes were "Against extending the city limits."

Therefore, 1, D. C. Wilmot, mayor of the City of Boone, Iowa,
hereby give notice and proclaim that the city limits are extended to
the boundaries as fixed bv the city council August 7, 1876, and that
all territory, land and parcels of land within said limits are hence-
forth subject to the jurisdiction of said city government as provided
by law.

Witness my hand and the seal of the city this 14th day of Sep-
tember, A. D. 1876.

D. C. Wilmot, Mayor.

I hereby certify that the above proclamation was published in the
Boone County Republican (the official paper of the city) on the
20th day of September, 1876.

V. TOMLINSON, City Clerk.

I, V. Tomlinsiin, citv clerk of the Citv of Boone, Iowa, hereby
certify that the foregoing statement as to the action of the city coun-




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HISTORY OF BOONE COUNTY 431

cil of the City of Boone, Iowa, and the notice for holding a special
election given by the mayor's proclamation, the same having been
published for four consecutive weeks in the Boone County Republi-
can prior to the day of election, and the canvass and abstract of the
votes cast at said election, and the mayor's second proclamation giving
notice of the result of said election (a certificate of the publication
of the same being entered on the margin) on the 20th day of Septem-
ber, 1876, and the accompanying plat of the City of Boone, as
enlarged, are all correct.

Given under my hand and official seal this 7th day of October,
A. D. 1876.

V. TOMLINSON, City Clerk.

I certify that a copy of all the papers were, with the plats, trans-
mitted to the county recorder of Boone County, and to the secretary
of state, as required by law, on the 23d day of October, 1876.

V. TOMLINSON, City Clerk.

NAME OF COUNTY SEAT CHANGED

The last act in the drama, of which Boonesboro and Boone have
been the principal characters, so to speak, was the changing of the
name of the seat of government of Boone County. This consumma-
tion took place at the time as given below and in the manner as shown
by the record of the city clerk, of which the following is a true copy:

On the 2 1 St day of March, 1887, by proper ordinance, the territory
which constituted the former incorporated Town of Boonesboro,
became annexed to and a part of the City of Boone; and on the 7th
day of March, 1892, by vote of the electors at the regular March
election of said year, the limits of the then City of Boone were
extended so as to embrace within the territory of the City of Boone
the following described property, to wit:

Commencing at the northwest corner of section twenty-one (21),
township cightv-four (84), range twenty-six (26), west of the qth
P. M., Iowa; thence south one-half {'A) mile; thence west one and
one-fourth (ij^) miles ; thence south one and one-half (I'S) miles;
thence east on section line to a point which would be seven and one-
third (7 1/3) rods east of the southeast corner of the southwest
quarter (yl) of the southwest quarter {%) of section twenty-seven
(27) in the same township and range; thence north to the south
line of the north half (>/>) of the northwest quarter (I4) of said
section twenty-seven (27) ; thence east along the north line of the



432 HISTORY OF BOONE COUNTY

southeast quarter (14) of the northwest cjuarter ('4) '>f said section
twenty-seven (27) to Delaware Street; thence north on Dehiware
Street to north line of Seventh Street; thence northwesterly on the
north line of Seventh Street to a point seven and one-third (7 13)
rods east of the west line of the north half (j/2) of the northwest
quarter (4 ) of section twenty-seven (27) ; thence north to the section
line between sections twenty-two and twenty-seven (22 and 27), the
same township and range; thence east on said section line to the
southwest corner of the east half ( ' j) of the southwest quarter (34)
of section twenty-two (22), thence north to section line between
sections fifteen and twenty-two ( 15 and 22), and thence west to place
of beginning.

CHAPTER 1 87 ; LAWS OF 1 888

An act to change the name of county seat of Boone County, Iowa,
from Boonesboro to Boone.

Whereas, An act of the Legislature, approved January 18, i8i;i,
being chapter nineteen of the laws of A. D. 1851, was passed and
provided that the county seat of Boone County, Iowa, be located by
commissioners named therein; and

Whereas, David Sweem, Marion County, Iowa, and S. K. Scovell
of Dallas County, Iowa, being two of the three commissioners so
appointed, did on the Qth day of July, A. D. 1851, locate said countv
seat of Boone County as by law required on the northwest quarter
of section No. twenty-nine (29), township eighty-four (84), range
twenty-six (26), west of the qth P. M. in said county; and

Whereas, The territory so designated came within the corporate
limits of the incorporated Town of Boonesboro, Iowa, as the same
was incorporated June 4, 1861;; and

Whereas, Said incorporated Town of Boonesboro, Iowa, became
by proper proceedings in March, A. D. 1887, annexed to the City
of Boone, Iowa, and no conditions were mentioned as to the name
the county seat of Boone County should have after such annexation;
therefore be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa :

Section i. That the name of the county seat of Boone County,
Iowa, shall be known and designated as Boone, Iowa, instead of
Boonesboro, Iowa.

Approved March 23, 1888.



CHAPTER XXXVII

CIVIC IMPROVEMENTS OF BOONE

Boone is situated upon the crest of an expansive prairie and is
the trading point of a wide and productive territory. It is essen-
tially a home town, with beautiful residences and lawns. The thor-
oughfares and residence streets are substantially paved, while concrete
sidewalks are deeply shaded by maple, elm and other varieties of
trees indigenous to this latitude. Almost evervthing within human
ingenuity has been requisitioned to make life a pleasure in Boone
and large sums of money have been expended by the city itself in
contributing to the comfort, convenience and welfare of its inhabi-
tants. Its public utilities compare favorably with cities many times
its size. The population is about fifteen thousand.

CITY HALL

Before erecting a building for the purpose, the officials of Boone
utilized as a city hall a little one-story frame building that stood on
the southeast corner of Keeler and Seventh streets, and which was
torn down in 1907. The site is now used by an air-dome. For some
years after the present city hall was occupied the little old "shack"
answered the purpose of a calaboose.

The city hall was made a possibility by the late Frank Champlin
in 1874, who, in that year, while a member of the city council, sub-
mitted a motion to that body to purchase a suitable lot and erect
a brick building thereon for the use of the council. The motion
carried.

At a meeting of council held May 6, 1874, an appropriation of



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