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Brookfield Township

The following history is from the Clinton Herald, July 4, 1976:

When first organized, this township encompassed what is now Bloomfield, Berlin and Welton Townships and contained only six voters.

Elwood began as a town in 1871, a by-product of the Sabula, Ackley and Dakota railroad line.  The community received a shot in the arm from the creamery which operated there for a long time.  The post office was set up in 1872.

(Established 1856)


  • Brookfield Center: 21 Nov 1871 - 12 Dec 1871. Renamed Elwood; moved from Section 21 to Section 16
  • Elwood: 12 Dec 1871 - Current



1925 Atlas of Clinton County Farmer's Directory for Brookfield Twp.

The following maps were scanned and submitted by Tom Upshaw who writes:

Elwood 1893  This is a map of Elwood

Brookfield Twp. 1893 top (131068 bytes) This is the top half of a plat map of Brookfield Township

Brookfield Twp. 1893 bottom (129877 bytes) This is the bottom half of a plat map of Brookfield Township.

The web page that Scott Ketelsen referred to recently (website and photo are no longer there) actually has a picture of my grandfather Dr. William H. Presnell surrounded by Ketelsen kids; he was the doctor for a sizable chunk of the county and delivered many Clinton Co. residents (older than about 35) when they were born. He had a small doctor office in the town where my grandparents lived, Charlotte (between Delmar and Goose Lake I think).  Thanks, Tom