Grand Meadow Township, so named by
Judge E.H. Williams because of the great beauty of
the wild prairie. It is township 95 north, range 6
west, and is the northwest corner township of the
county. It is principally high, rich rolling prairie,
with here and there fine groves of timber,
principally hard wood - oak, elm, hickory, ash and
considerable black-walnut, with some basswood and
poplar; there is plenty of timber for the use of the
farms. The township is finely watered by springs, of
which there are many of excellent water; besides
these there are numerous creeks. Roberts Creek is the
largest, and runs from the northwest corner to the
southeastern portion of the township, commencing on
section 18, and leaving the town on section 36. Deer
Creek runs from west to east, beginning on section
22, and emptying into Roberts Creek on section 35.
Besides these are many small streams not named. Grand
Meadow Township is perhaps the most desirable for all
purposes of residence of any in the county. Mr. Caton
was the first settler of this township; he died a few
years since. Mr. Wheler, Hardy Barnes, Mr. Henry
Fewel, Mr. Rowe, and Mr. and Mrs. Post are among the
early settlers, most of whom are dead.
The first religious services
were held at Mrs. Post's, just over the line, where
many of the Grand Meadowites came and worshiped.
Mr. Michael Croter was the
first person who died in this township. His death
occurred in 1852.
The present township
officers are: Carl Knodt, John F. McKinley, W. I.
Chase, Trustees; John Welzel, Clerk; R. G. McLelland
and David Riley, Justices of the Peace; A. F.
Marston, Joseph Sybert, Constables; Thomas Fleming,
There are seven
school-houses in the township, the value of which is
about $5,000. There are about 225 chidlren of school
age in the township. There is only one church in the
township, Norwegian Lutheran.