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Olive Township

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

The first settler came to the area in 1836, and the township was organized in 1842.

Calamus grew up around a post office established in 1858, and was named for a creek whose banks were lined with "sweet flag" or "calamus".

It was platted in 1860 and was incorporated in 1860.

(Probably one of the original six townships)




Free-Will Baptist Settlement

Buena Vista

05 Sep 1848 - 15 Mar 1916



26 Jul 1878 - Current



6 Feb 1858 - 25 Jul 1878

Chicago, Iowa & Nebraska Railway built station in 1857; Renamed Calamus



Northwest of Calamus

Whiskey Point


John Shook's ferry, later named Buena Vista


69 Dutton
70 Unnamed
71 Immanuel Lutheran
72 Our Savior's American Lutheran - Kvindherred
73 Mowder
74 Alger
75 Boyd
76 Kuebler
77 Dubois
78 Rosehill

  Calamus Postcard

Back of Calamus PostcardPostcard courtesy of the David Shedlock collection.  The back is addressed to Miss Anna Ahlers from Maggie.