Calamus, Olive Twp., Clinton Co., IA

Many of those in the Calamus area are from Norwegian and German ancestors.  They both have been a great credit to the community.

The German settlement being north of Buena Vista with their own church and stone school.

The Norwegians came in this area calling it Kvindherred because it reminded them of the Norway they had left.  They had a church and three schools of the twelve in Olive township before the consolidation of 1919.

Norwegians had the "American Fever" by 1850 and over 300 families had settled in Iowa by 1853.

A History of Calamus Schools

1932 Rural School Graduates

Source: Clinton Herald, Saturday, May 14, 1932

Calamus High School Graduates

Sponsor - W. B. Scarcliff

Class Motto: "Green but Growing"
Class Flower: White Tea Rose

  • Alice Betts
  • Mildred Dosland
  • Glenn Dosland
  • Myrtle Garson
  • Raymond Griebel
  • Norma Griebel
  • Esther Hunter (Secretary-Treasurer)
  • Rosalyn Heinrichs
  • Urban Marron
  • Evelyn Petersen
  • Byron Robley
  • Rae St. John (President)
  • Louise Weston (Vice President)
  • Louise Eden

Calamus/Wheatland Class of 1948