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History of Clayton County, Iowa
Chapter XXXVI

Millville Township

Millville Township
(page 1009-1010)

Millville Township is bounded on the north by Jefferson Township and the Mississippi River; on the east by Buena Vista Township; on the south by Dubuque County, and on the west by Mallory Township. It was organized in 1838, and the first election in the township was held in the fall of that year, John W. Griffith being elected Supervisor, and David Springer, Justice of the Peace.

There are two postoffices in the township, one at Millville and the other at Turkey River Station. Isaac H. Preston was the first Postmaster at Millville. William Woodworth is the present incumbent. The office at Turkey River was established in 1871, with John Moore as Postmaster. He still holds the office.

The first store was established in 1869 at Turkey River Station by John Moore, who has since continued the business. He carries a full line of general merchandise. J.H. Boyce embarked in the mercantile business here about 1875. He keeps a complete stock of such goods as are usually found in a country store.

The Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad and the Volga branch of that road pass through the township, and the advent of the cars has added much to the business facilities of the place. The religious element of the township is represented by the Cumberland Presbyterian organization, who have a church building on section 18. It is a frame structure, 30 x 40 feet, valued at $800. Its first pastor was P.H. Corider, Rev. Mr. Howard being the present one. The first Trustees were P.H. Corider and Jacob Springer; the present ones are Joseph Tweedy and John Bolsinger.

Millville Township is well provided for in the way of schools, having six excellent school-houses, two of brick and four frame, their total value being $4,000. In the year 1881 there were 234 pupils enrolled in the public schools.

There are four burying-grounds in the township.

Millville Village was surveyed on the northeast quarter of section 16, township 91 north, range 2 west, by Ezra Hurd, Surveyor, for Isaac H. Preston, in July, 1856.

There is a fine flour-mill here, F.E. Heckel, proprietor. Two stores, filled with fine selections of goods suited to the market; William Woodworth is the proprietor of one - a fine brick building - and John Becker, proprietor of the other. The first blacksmith shop was run by Racine Barnett; the present proprietor is F.W. Zunhof. The first wagon shop was by John Grithiths & Brs.; the present proprietor is Henry Horsch. Mr. Woodworth carries a stock of about $5,000 worth of goods. There is a population of about fifty persons in this village.

The village of Jefferson was laid out in 1852-'53. There is here a grist-mill and small stock of merchandise, kept by E.C. Jeffers. There is a blacksmith shop here, run by M. Wheeler. This comprises all the business of the villages. There is here a population of about fifty persons.

Turkey River Village is a station on the C., M. & St. P. R. R., at the junction of the Turkey with the Mississippi River. There is a postoffice here; also two stores of general merchandise.


This chapter concludes with biographical sketches.


transcribed by an unknown volunteer (if you submitted this history, please contact the Clayton co. coordinator so you can be given credit)
source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co., 1882. Reproduced by the sponsorship of the Monona Historical Society, Monona, Iowa, reproduction Evansville, Indiana: Unigraphics, Inc., 1975; page 1009-1010


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