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PAST AND PRESENT



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O'Brien and Osceola

Counties, Iowa



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HON. J. L. E. PECK and HON. O. H. MONTZHEIMER

For O'Brien County

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HON. WILLIAM J. MILLER

For Osceola County



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CONTENTS



O'BRIEN COUNTY

CHAPTER I— THE BEGINNING 25

The Pioneer of O'Brien County — Creative and Administrative Periods — Nam-
ing of County — William Smith O'Brien — In the Beginning — Court Record as
to Organization of the County — Organization Election — First General Elec-
tion — Bad Work in Organization and First Elections — O'Brien County to the
l'"r(int — Hjiuiiibal House Wjiternian. the First Citizen — Winter Ox-Team Trips
— Indians in O'Brien County — Indian Outrages— Courage of the Immigrants —
First White Child — Proposal to Organize a County — The Bosler Crowd — Fort
Dodge Crowd — Waterman's Land Jumped — First Actual Homestead Entry —
Frederick Feldman, "Old Dutch Fred."

CHAPTER II— FIRST EVENTS 48

A Session of the First Boodle Board — Division of the Spoils — Scalping of
Soldiers' Bounty Money — First Things Done — First Record Entries — The
Old County Debt — The Aftermath and the County Treasury — Road Surveys
and Charges for Bridge Building — Curious Swamp Land Contracts — Bridge at
Waterman Ford — Curious Expenses — Swamp Land Swindle.

CHAPTER III— THE EARLY SETTLERS— 1 65

First Settlers a Desirable Class — Their Origin — Conditions and Customs of
the Early Settlers — Prairie Land — First Crops — Hardships and Disadvantages
of the Pioneer Farmer — Prairie Fires — Foreign Population — Population
Statistics.

CHAPTER IV— THE UPBUILDING 76

Constitutional Debt Limitation — Taxpayers' Association — Picnic — Two Views
of the Debt Proposition — Its Final Disposition — Resumption of Cash Pay-
ments — A Notable Meeting — Tax Sale of 1880 — Rebonding of the County Debt.

CHAPTER V— HOMESTEADS AND FREE LANDS 85

Squatter Lands — Litigation Over the Overlapping Lands — Granting Act of
Congress in Aid of Railroads — Fight Between Railroads — Milwaukee Railroad
Land — Commencement of Real Squatter Possession — Exciting Times — Old
Settlers Become Factor — Land Jumping — Inconsistent Statutes — Land Office
Trials at Des Moines — Final Suit and Decree — Evictions — Homesteaders Not
Favorable to Squatters — Sioux City Land Squatters — Odd Incidents in Evic-
tion Cases — Squatters' Union — A Unique Banquet — List of Sioux City Land
Squatters and Railroad Contract Men.

CHAPTER VI— COUNTY GOVERNMENT 108

Administration of County Affairs — County Auditor — County Judges — Archi-
bald Murray^Andrew J. Edwards — The County Treasury — Contested Elec-



CONTENTS.

tion — Second Period of Auditors and Treasurers — .County Treasury on a
Banking Basis — Charles A. Winterble and Otlier Auditors — County Recorder's
Office — County Surveyors — Supervisors — County Attorneys — ^County Farm and
County Home Building — Electric Light Plant — Other County Improvements
— Large Problems.

CHAPTER VII— COURT HOUSES OF O'BRIEN COUNTY 129

Old Log Court House — Court Record Pertaining Thereto — Court House of
1870 — Supervisors' Record — Court House at Primghar in 1874 — Paine's Store
— ^Preseut Court Couse — The Public Square — Jail History — More on the First
Court House.

CHAPTER VIII— STORMS, PRAIRIE FIRES, GRASSHOPPERS, ETC. — 139

Cyclone of June, 1882 — Cyclone of June, 1914 — Blizzards and Snow Banks —
Blizzard of January, 18S8 — Prairie Fires — Towns in Danger — Grasshoppers —
The Plagues of 1873-4-5 — Legislative Relief for the Stricken .'Settlers.

CHAPTER IX— COUNTY SEAT CONTESTS 153

Contest in 1872 Between O'Brien and Primghar — Sheldon vs. Primghar and
Sanborn vs. Primghar in 1879 — The Sanborn Raid — Contest Between Prim-
ghar and Sheldon in 1911 — Record of Supervisors — List of Petitioners — Legis-
lative Amendment — New Hub Hotel at Primghar.

CHAPTER X— OLD SETTLERS' REUNION 169

First County-wide Reunion — Decorations — Reception of Visitors — Great Pa-
rade — O'Brien County Relics.

CHAPTER XI— AGRICULTURE 177

A Prairie County — Grass a Blessing to the Early Settlers — Land the Basis of
Wealth — Rivers and Streams — Groves and Tree Planting — Products of
O'Brien County Soil — Their Variety — -Uniformity of the County — Fruits — Wild
Prairie Flowers — Modern Farm Conveniences — Development of Public Roads
— Farmers' Meetings — Farmers' Institutes — Stock Sales — No Minerals in the
County — Large Ranches — D. Edward Paullin — Franklin Teabout — John H.
Archer — Chester W. Inman — Jonathan A. Stocum — Samuel J. Jordan.

CHAPTER XII— EDUCATIONAL 194

Education One of the Earliest and Chief Thoughts of the People — Schools of
the County — Early School Houses — Growth of Educational System — Substan-
tial Character of Present School Buildings and their Equipment — Lecture
Courses — Teachers' Institutes — Parochial and Church Schools — County Su-
perintendents — Decline of Rural Schools.

CHAPTER XIII— INDIAN OCCUPANCY 200

Prehistoric Races — The Mound Builders — Tribes Which Once Occupied
O'Brien County Soil — Government Exploration — Treaties with Indians —
Military Forts — Mistrust of Indians — Black Hawk — Outline of Treaties —
Incidents.

CHAPTER XIV— REMINISCENCES 20&

Recollections of Mrs. Roma Wheeler Woods — Difficulties Encountered by
Newcomers — Notable Astronomical Events — "Dutch Fred ' — Village of O'Brien
— Death of Fred Beach — Attempts to Secure Land — Faulty Deed Descriptions



CONTENTS.

— Futile Attempt to Sell School Lands — The Grange Movement — Gen. N. B.
Raker Library — Fine Spirit of the Early IMoneers — 1873 a Notable Year and
a Hard One for the Settlers — "Library Parties" — The Grasshopper IMagu; —
The County Debt — Remarkable Pioneer Women.

CHAPTER XV— REMINISCENCES '>22

Mrs. C. V. Van Epps' Story — A Trip in a Prairie Schooner — Many Surprises —
Earliest Habitations — Sod Houses — Carroll Township — Winter of 1872-3 —
Early Epidemics — Dark Days — First School House — First Congregational
Church, Sheldon — Railroad Land.

CHAPTER XVI— BANKS AND BANKING 230

First Banking Enterprise in O'Brien County — Primghar's Banks— John R.
Pumphrey — Ralph Hinman — Sheldon Banks — Banks at Sanborn — Paullina
Banks — Banks in Hartley — Moneta — Sutherland — Archer — Gaza — Calumet —
O'Brien County's Substantial Banking System — Development of Land
by Bankers — Banking Statistics.

CHAPTER XVII— THE COURTS 249

Two Courts of Record — The District Court and Circuit Court — Judicial Dis-
tricts — District Judges — First Term of Court — Some Early Judges — Attorneys
— First Grand Jury — Admission to Practice in Early Days — First Jury Case —
Early Rules of Court Practice — Early Circuit Judges — A Judicial Joke — A
Popular Clerk of Courts — Sheriffs — Clerks of Courts.

CHAPTER XVIII— THE O'BRIEN COUNTY BAR 262

First Lawyer in O'Brien County — Personal Mention of Some of the Early At-
torneys — Those Who Are Now Engaged in the Practice Here.

CHAPTER XIX— LITIGATION IN O'BRIEN COUNTY 276

Much Probate Work, but Decrease in Other Litigation — Big Questions in the
Early Days — The Overlapping Land Suit — Taxation Questions — The Teabout
Failure — Taxpayers' Association — Tax Title Suits — Israel Lash Litigation-
Elizabeth Streeter — Suits to Quiet Title — Referee in Bankruptcy — Estates — -
Justices' Courts.

CHAPTER XX— THE PRESS 287

Value of Local Newspaper — First Paper in O'Brien County — F. M. McCormack
— Brief Review of the Various Newspapers Which Have Existed Here and
Which Have Contributed to the Development of the County.

CHAPTER XXI— MEDICAL HISTORY OF O'BRIEN COUNTY 302

Antiquity of the Practice of Medicine — Heroes Among the Pioneer Physicians
— Modern Progress in the Practice of the Healing Art — O'Brien County Hos-
pitals — The O'Brien County Medical Society — List of Registered Physicians —
Ignorance and Superstition on the Part of the Laity Superseded by Intelli-
gence and Common Sense.

CHAPTER XXII— THE CHURCHES OF O'BRIEN COUNTY 311

Methodists First on the Ground — Methodist Churches in the County — A Sod
Church — First Sermon Preached in the County — Congregational Churches —
The Friends Society — Evangelical Churches — German Evangelical Lutheran
Zion Churches — Norwegien Lutheran Church — Christian Reformed Church —



CONTENTS.

Evangelical Associatiou — Christian Churches — Church of Christ, Scientist —
Presbyterian Churches — Reformed Church in North America — German Evan-
gelical Church of North America — Catholic Church — Other Religious Societies
—Church Statistics — Young Men's Christian Association.

CHAPTER XXIII— LODGES OF THE COUNTY 346

Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, with Its Several Branches — Independent
Order of Odd Fellows — Knights of Pythias.

CHAPTER XXIV— TOWNS AND TOWNSHIPS 354

Incorporated Towns — City Government — Names of Townships and Their Gov-
ernment — Platting of Towns and Their Additions — Floyd Township — City of
Sheldon — National Guard — Sheldon District Fair — Franklin Township — San-
born — Lincoln Township — Fiddle String Township — Hartley Township — Town
of Hartley — Carroll Township — "Pathfinder of O'Brien County" — Archer —
Summit Township — Primghar — Center Township — Omega Township — Moneta
— Baker Township — Dale Township — Highland Township — Gaza — Grant
Township — Caledonia Township — Germantown — Union Township — Paullina —
Liberty Township — Calumet — Waterman Township — Sutherland.

CHAPTER XXV— O'BRIEN COUNTY IN THE HUMOROUS 455

Eccentric Dr. Longshore — "Pomp" McCormack's Jokes — Wolf Scalp Joke —
O'Brien County Solon — A Revival in the Court Room — The Judge Needed a
Sweat — Joke on a Bank Cashier — Superiority of Archer Over Omaha — Master
Wirt Close's Oration.

CHAPTER XXVI— MISCELLANEOUS 468

Farmers' Mutual Insurance Association — Present Officials of O'Brien County
— State Officials — Distinguished Citizens of the County — Official Vote, 1912 —
Population and Other Statistics — County Expenditures — Cemeteries — The
Herd Law — Early Relations With Cherokee County — Abstracts of Title —
Early Incidents — The Hay Twister — O'Brien County Agricultural Society —
County Sealer of Weights and Measures — Lost TiUmber — Highest Point in
Iowa — Congressmen — Prehistoric Fortifications and Burial Mounds — Curious
Incident — Prairie Chickens — Other Game — John MeCormack — Reminiscent In-
terview of B. F. MeCormack — Record of Old Soldiers Who Have Lived in
O'Brien County.

CHAPTER XXVII— THE SCRUB POET 506

A Little Spice and Many Local Hits — Townships of O'Brien County — Charge
of the Grasshopper Brigade— Tenting, Camping. Farming on the Old Prairie
Ground — First Starts of Towns and Railroads — That Martyred Wagon — The
County Seat — John Ker, Squatter — The Pioneer Is Going, Gone — An Agricul-
tural County — Marching to Victory — Let the People Vote — "Leedle Yoh" —
\Vhen the Squatter Squatted His Squat, etc.



CONTLI^JIS.



OSCEOLA COUNTY

CHAPTER I— GEOLOGY AND TOPOGRAPHY 535

Original Prairie Land — Scarcity of Timber — Streams — Hills — Lakes — Charac-
,. ter of Soil — Survey by Jefferson Davis, and His Report on Soil — Organization
of Osceola Township — Its Name — Anxiety of Early Settlers to Get in Ahead
of Railroads — Sibley, the First Town Site Laid Out — Official Record of
County Ortijaiuzation — First Tax Levy — First Election and County Officers —
First County Nominating Convention — Osceola County Cursed by Grafters and
Looters — Grand Jury Indictments — An Unjust Debt — Roster of County Offi-
cials — Auditors — Treasurers — Recorders — Clerks of Courts — Sheriffs — Super-
intendents of Schools — Surveyors — Coroners — County Attorneys — Supervisors
— First Term of Court and First Grand Jury — First Court House — Finances —
Increase in Land Values — Appraisement of Public Utilities.

CHAPTER li— TOWNSHIPS OF OSCEOLA TOWNSHIP 544

Allison Township — First Officers — F^rst Settlers in the Various Sections of
the Township — Baker Township — Land Speculators — Early Settlers — Henry
Dunkelmann's Experience — East Holman Township — Its Pioneers — Fairview
Township — Magnificent Natural Features — Names of Early Settlers — First
Township Officers — Present Officers — Oilman Township — Early Settlers —
Goewey Township — Those Who First Came Here — Wealth in Legitimate Farm-
ing — Narrow Escape From Death in a Blizzard — Harrison Township — Soil of
Inexhaustible Richness — Mennonites — May City — Horton Township and Its
Pioneer Settlers — Immigration of 1883-5 — Ocheyedan Township— The Home-
steaders — Hardships of Joseph P. Tower — Viola Township — First Settlers —
Recent Arrivals — Public Schools and Officers — West Holman Township —
How the Various Sections were Settled — Misfortunes of J. B. Jenney — Wilson
Township — Early Homesteaders — Schools.

CHAPTER III— CITIES AND TOWNS 593

Sibley, the First Town in Osceola County — Early Business Interests — Pres-
ent Business Concerns and Their Location — Municipal Items — Present City
Officers — Ashton — First Called St. Oilman — Location — First Buildings and
Business Interests — Present Enterprises — City Officials — Harris — Town Or-
ganization — Present Business Interests — City Officials — Ocheyedan — Its Be-
ginning — Public Utilities — Business Directory — City Officers — Cloverdale —
Allendorf— Melvin — A Tliriving Little City — Principal Business Interests.

CHAPTER IV— RELIGIOUS HISTORY OF OSCEOLA COUNTY 606

First Methodist Episcopal Church of Sibley — First Preaching Service in the
County — Melvin M. E. Church — Methodist Churches at Ashton, Harris and
Ocheyedan — St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church at Ocheyedan — Congre-
gational Church at Sibley — German Lutheran Church, Sibley — Ocheyedan
Congregational Church — First German Presbj'^terian Church, Sibley — First
Baptist Church, Sibley — Evangelical Lutheran Church of Horton Township —
German Lutheran Church of Viola Township — Hope German Presbyterian
Church — Catholic Church at Ashton — St. Andrew's Catholic Church at Sibley.



CONTENTS.

CHAPTER V— MEDICAL HISTORY OF OSCEOLA COUNTY 628

Dr. H. Neill's Interesting Review of the History of Medicine in the County —
Many Old Soldiers Among the Early Settlers — Personal Mention of Some of
the Early Practitioners — A Record of Many Interesting Surgical Cases and
Other Ailments — A Young Woman's Heroism — Epidemic of Diphtheria — Auto-
biography of Doctor Neill — Some Curious and Unusual Incidents in His Long
Practice Here — A Human Pincushion.

CHAPTER VI— THE LEGAL FRATERNITY 647

First Attorneys in Osceola County — Personal Mention of Some Early Law-
yers — Men of High Character and Eminent Ability.

CHAPTER VII— MILITARY HISTORY 1 652

Many Early Settlers Veterans of the Civil War — L. G. Ireland Post, Grand
Army of the Republic — List of Old Soldiers in Osceola County.

CHAPTER VIII— EXTRAORDINARY EVENTS 660

The Johnson Murder — The Shooting of George Groen — The Freezing of Baker
rnd Jenkins — Death of Edward Larrahty by Freezing — The Freezing of
Doctor Hall — Fred Knaggs — Accidental Death of C. D. Wilbern — Peter De-
Bloom Killed by Train — Herman Fry Killed by Falling Tree — Accidental
Death of Edward Larrahty.

CHAPTER IX— MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS OF INTEREST 670

Educational History — Schools in the Various Townships — Value of School
Property — First Things of Osceola County — The Iowa Land Company, Lim.,
of London, England — The Fuel Question in Early Days — Hay Twisters — Early
Planting of Forest Trees and the Beneficent Results — Transportation —
Prairie Schooners — Advent of the Railroads — The Grasshopper Scourge —
Interesting Agricultural Facts — Pioneer Letters — A Marvelous Change Since
Pioneer Days — Early Hardships and Discomforts — Ode to Osceola.



BIOGRAPHICAL '_ 71



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HISTORICAL INDEX



O'BRIEN COUNTY.



A

Abstracts of Title 478

Administrative Period 26

Agricultural Society 481

Agricultural Statistics 474

Agriculture 177

Altitude 482

Ancient Free and Accepted Masons__ 346

Archer 398

Business Interests 399

Churches 319

How Named 398

Incorporation 398

Platting of 358

Postmasters 399

Schools 399

Archer Bank 241, 247

Archer, John H 191

Archer Superior to Omaha 464

Army Record of Old Soldiers 499

Attorneys, County 121

Attorneys of O'Brien County 262

Auditors, County 108, 118

B

Baker Library 214

Baker Township 420

Early Settlement 420

Old Soldiers 500

Organization 420

Population 420

Squatters 106

Balkema, Nicholas 469

Bank Statistics 245

Banks and Banking 230

Banquet of Land Attorneys 105

Baptist Church 337

Bar of O'Brien County 262



Beach, Fred, Death of 209

Black Hawk 202

Blizzards 143

Boodle Board 48

Bosler, James W 32, 41

Bounty Money Scalped 51

Burial Mounds 484

C

Caledonia Township 430

Old Soldiers 501

Settlement 430

Calumet 442

Business Interests 444

Churches 319

First Election 443

Location 442

Old Soldiers 501

Park 443

Platting of 358

Postoffice 444

Public Improvements 443

Calumet Bank 242, 247

"Calumet Independent" 300

Cannon, Charles C 469

Carroll Township 391

Early Settlers 391

First School 225

Old Soldiers 501

Pioneers 393

Reminiscences 222

Squatters 106

Catholic Church 338

Center Township 417

Early Settlers 417

Location 417

Old Soldiers 501

Organization 417



HISTORICAL IM)I\



Chautauquas 198

Chickens, Prairie 488

Christian Churches 332

Christian Reformed Church 331

Christian Science Church 332

Church of Christ 332

Church Schools 199

Church Statistics 343

Churches 311

Circuit Court 249

City Government 354

Clerk of Courts 261

Congregational Churches 322

Congressional Districts 483

Congressional Land Grants 86

Congressmen 483

Constitutional Debt Limitation 76

Contested Election 114

Contests for County Seat 153

County Attorneys 121

County Auditors 108, 118

County Debt 56

County Debt Rebonded 83

County Expenditures 474

County Farm 123

County Government : 108

County Home 123

County Judge 109

County Officials, 1913 470

County Organization Election 31

County Recorders 119

County RecQrds 119

County Seat Contests 153

County Superintendent Schools__194, 199

County Supervisors 120

County Surveyors 120

County Treasurers 113

Court Held in Paine's Store 134

Court House, Log 42, 129, 137

Court House History 129

Court House Public Square 135

Court Proceedings 276

Courts, The — 249

Creative Period 26

Crops, First 70

Customs of Early Settlers 68

Cyclones 139, 142



U

Dale Township 422

Description 422

Old Soldiers 501

Settlement 422

Soil 422

Squatters 105

Death of Fred Beach 209

Debt, County 56

Debt, County, Rebounded 83

Debt Limitation 76

Dedication of County Home 124

District Court 249

District Judges 249

Doctor, the First 53

Doctors. First 302

Doctors, Registered 306

'Dutch Fred" 36, 45, 446

E

Early Settlers 65

Early Settlers, Customs of 68

Educational History 194

Edwards, Andrew^ J. 111

Election Contest 114

Election, County Organization 31

Election, First General 31, 42

Election, Second General 32

English Settlers 66

Entry of First Homestead 45

Estates 285

Evangelical Association 331

Evangelical Churches 327

Eviction of Squatters 96

Expenditures, County 474

Expenses, Curious Early 62

F

Farm Improvements 188

Farm Products L- 181

Farmers' Institutes 189

Farmers Mutual Ins. Ass'n 468

Farms, Large 190

Feldman, Fred 36, 45, 446

Fiddle String Township 383



HISTORICAL INDEX.



Fires, Prairie 73, 147

First Crops ,. 70

First General Election ____31, 42

First" Grand Jury 252

First Homestead Entry 45

First Jury Case 253

First Physicians in County 302

First Record Entries - 63

First Sermon in County _ 313

First Things 52

First White Child 41

Flowers, Wild — 188

Floyd Township ^ i — 361

Early Settlers 362

How Named 361

Location — .s- 362

Old Soldiers ^— 501

Squatters 107

Foreign Population 75

Fort Dodge Crowd ^^_ 42

Franklin Township 375

How Named 375

Old Soldiers 502

Population 376

Settlement -,_^ — ,,- 375

Squatters _. — 106

Fraternal Societies 346

Freemasonry 346

French Settlers 74

Friends, Society of 325

Fruits 187

G

Game, Wild -''489

Gaza 423

Platting of 358

Woodstock, Known as .424

Gaza Bank _Jl_ 242, 247

German Evan. Church of No. Am 336

German Eyan. Luth. Zion Churches- 327

German Settlers 68

Germantown . ,431

Location 431

Platting of .— -. 359

Postoffice 432

Government, County 108

Grand Jury, First 252

Grant Township 426

First Settlers 427

Milwaukee Road 429

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Natural Features — ^.^=. ^a>iUJ^ ■427

Old Soldiers —^ — :;-..-L__J_^-_- 502

Grasshoppers ^ ^ -_U. - Ui^l-i. 149

Groves 186

H

Hartley - _— _- 384

Beginning of ; 384

Business Directory i_^^89

Churches ill ''317

First Officers 11 385

Incorporation 384

Mayors — - S^O

Old Soldiers 503

Platting of 357

Postoffice 388

Present Officers ■— 387

Public Utilities 388

School History 385

Soldiers' Monument 388

Hartley Banks _,_ _— 239, 246

'Hartley Journal" - i. 299

"Hartley News" 300

"Hartley Record" 299

Hartley Township .-_-j.— _ 384

Old Soldiers 503

Highland Township .423

Old Soldiers 502

Hay Twister 479

High Schools 195, 197

Hollanders -, ^^__i,_^-' .i68

Homestead Entry, First -i:i.i.\v 45

Homestead Law — . 65

Hospitals 304

Hub Hotel 167

Humorous Incidents ; 455

Hunter, A Noted 490

I :

Improvements, Farm ^ 188

Incident, Curious Indian 487

Incorporated Towns ,^- 354

Independent Order of Odd Fellows— -^50

Indian Incident, Curious - . .487

Indian Occupancy ^-^^ 200

Indian Scare -. — ,- 455

Indian Treaties 201

Indians in O'Brien County 37



HISTORICAL INDEX.



Inman, Chester W. 1S2

; Institutes, Fanners' 189

; Institutes, Teachers' 198

Ulrish Settlers 67

J

Jails 136

Jokes Reminiscent 462

Jordan, Samuel J. 193

Judgjes 249

Judges, County 109

Jury Case, First 253

Justices' Courts 286

K
; Knights of Pythias 352

L

Land Grants, Congressional 86

Land Investors 244

Land Jumping 43, 92

Land Litigation 94

Land Loans 178

Land Office Trials 93

Land, Squatters, List of 105

Land Values 178

Lands, Overlapping 85

Lands, Squatter 85

Law Suits 276

•Lawyers of O'Brien County 262

-Lecture Courses 198

Legal Questions 277

Liberty Township 442

f Old Soldiers ■ 504

Library, First Circulating 53

Library, Gen. N. B. Baker 214

Library Parties 218

Lincoln Township 382

Old Soldiers 503

List of O'Brien Soldiers 499

Litigation 276

Litigation, Land 94

Little Sioux River 179

Lodges 346

: Log" Court House ^^42, 129, 137



Mc

McCormack, B. F. 1 491

McCormack, F. M. (Pomp) 290

McCormack, John 490

M

Masonic Order .346

Medical History - — 302

Medical Progress ^^309

Meeting, a Notable 81

Memorable Winters 146

Methodist Churches 311

Milwaukee Lands 86, 95

Minerals, Lack of 190

Miscellaneous 468

Moneta , 419

Business Interests 419

Churches 321

Fires 420

First Things 419

Incorporation 419

Platting of 357

Moneta Bank 240, 247

Mound Builders 200

Mounds, Burial 484

Murray, Archibald 110

N

Naming of County 28

Newspapers 287

Norwegian Lutheran Church 330

Notable Meeting 81

O

O'Brien County Agricultural So-
ciety 4^81

"O'Brien County Bell" 290

O'Brien County in the Humorous — 465

O'Brien County, Naming of 28

O'Brien County, Organization of 29



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