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    Past and Present of Greene County, Iowa
By E. B. Stillman

Assisted by an Advisory Board Consisting of Paul E. Stillman, Gillum S. Toliver,
Benjamin F. Osborn, Mahlon Head, P.A. Smith and Lee B. Kinsey

Together with

Biographical Sketches

of many of it's Prominent and Leading Citizens and Illustrious Dead

Illustrated
Chicago
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company 1907



DEDICATION

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PORTRAIT - E. B. STILLMAN

HISTORICAL.

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INTRODUCTORY.

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OUTLINE HISTORY.

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STATE HISTORY.

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  MINERAL RESOURCES.

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  REMOVAL OF CAPITAL IN 1857.

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  PENITENTIARIES, ASYLUMS, ETC.

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PHOTO - GREENE COUNTY COURTHOUSE.

  EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS.

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  RAILWAYS, MANUFACTURES, ETC.

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  MANUFACTURES.

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  INDIAN TROUBLES.

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GREENE COUNTY

  THE HISTORICAL BEGINNING.

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PHOTO - JEFFERSON IN 1869.

  GEOGRAPHY AND TOPOGRAPHY.

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  GEOLOGICAL.

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  ARTESIAN WELLS.

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  SURVEYOR'S NOTES.

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  GRANT TOWNSHIP.

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  BRISTOL TOWNSHIP.

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  KENDRICK TOWNSHIP.

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  IRREGULAR TOWNSHIP.

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  ORGANIZATION AND COURT PROCEEDINGS.

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PHOTO - OBSERVATORY BUILT AT JEFFERSON TO VIEW ECLIPSE OF SUN, AUGUST 7, 1869.

  DEATH OF JACOB YOUNG.

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  CLAIMS AND FIRST IMPROVEMENTS.

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  COUNTY SEAT LOCATION.

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  PIONEER MARRIAGES AND BIRTHS.

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  EARLY DAY FINANCES.

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PHOTO - MAIN STREET LOOKING SOUTH, PATON.

  "COURT SISSION JULY A D 1856.

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  PIONEERS.

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  TOWNSHIP.

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  GOLD EXCITEMENT.

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  JEFFERSON'S FIRST SCHOOL.

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  A PRAIRIE FIRE.

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  FOOD SCARCE AND HIGH.

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  HOTEL DE PITCHIN.

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PHOTO - CARNEGIE LIBRARY, JEFFERSON.

  HINDERING SPECULATORS.

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  A GRAND WAR RECORD.

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  SCHOLARS.

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  A BIG BARBECUE.

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  A DOCTOR's EXPERIENCE.

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  DIVIDING THE HIDE.

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  A BAREFOOTED BRIGADE.

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  STIRRING TIMES.

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  OFFICIAL REGISTER.

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  COUNTY JUDGES.

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  DRAINAGE COMMISSIONERS.

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  PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS.

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  CLERKS OF COURT.

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  TREASURERS AND RECORDERS.

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  TREASURERS.

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  AUDITORS.

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  SHERIFFS.

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  RECORDERS.

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  SCHOOL FUND COMMISSIONER.

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  COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS.

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  SURVEYORS.

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  CORONERS.

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  SUPERVISORS.

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PHOTO - GERMAN EVANGELICAL CHURCH, PATON.

  JUDICIAL DISTRICTS.

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  REPRESENTATIVES.

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  SENATORS.

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  CONGRESSMEN.

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  CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS.

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  POLITICAL HISTORY.

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  EARLY DAY COURTS.

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  AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.

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PHOTO - METHODIST CHURCH, JEFFERSON.

  COUNTY BUILDINGS.

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  COUNTY JAIL.

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  THE POOR FARM.

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  THE SOLDIERS OF GREENE COUNTY.

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PHOTO - MAIN STREET LOOKING NORTH, PATON.

  INDIAN SCARES.

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  RAILROADS.

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  THE PRESS.

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PHOTO - PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, JEFFERSON.

  THE ANNALS OF CRIME.

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JEFFERSON.

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  FIRE DEPARMENT.

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PHOTO - CHRISTIAN CHURCH, JEFFERSON.

CHURCHES.

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  PRESBYTERIAN.

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  BAPTIST.

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  METHODIST EPISCOPAL.

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  JEFFERSON CIRCUIT.

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  CHRISTIAN CHURCH.

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  ST. JOSEPH' CATHOLIC CHURCH.

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  OLD SETTLERS' ASSOCIATION.

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VIEW OF CITY PARK, PATON.

  THE ILLINOIS PICNIC ASSOCIATION.

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  THE RUSSIAN FAMINE.

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  DISCOVERY OF GAS.

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  A DISAPPEARING SUN.

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  A BIG FLOOD.

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  A FRIGHTFUL ACCIDENT.

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  ACCIDENTAL DEATHS.

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  THE SHIPMAN TRAGEDY.

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  A TRIPLE DROWNING.

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PHOTO - FIRST M. E. CHURCH, PATON.

  THE BAR.

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  IN MEMORY OF JOHN J. RUSSELL.

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  IN MEMORIAM.

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PHOTO - HIGH SCHOOL, JEFFERSON.

  THE MEDICAL PROFESSION.

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  JEFFERSON BANKS.

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  SCHOOLS.

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  THE VARIOUS ORDERS.

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PHOTO - CATHOLIC CHURCH, PATON.

  THE PUBLIC LIBRARY.

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  THE CITY CLUBS.

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  FRIDAY CLUB.

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  THE CULTURE CLUB.

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  THE MARGARET FULLER CLUB.

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  THE INGLESIDE CLUB.

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  IOWA'S FIRST TEACHER A JEFFERSON WOMAN.

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PHOTO - BAPTIST CHURCH, JEFFERSON.

TOWNS AND VILLAGES.

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GRAND JUNCTION.

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  INCORPORATION.

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  NEWSPAPERS.

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  ATTORNEYS.

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  PHYSICIANS.

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  BANKS.

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  BUSINESS DIRECTORY.

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  ALLEN M. HILLMAN.

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  WILLIAM PARK.

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  A SAD LIST.

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  SCHOOLS.

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  CHURCHES.

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PHOTO - CATHOLIC CHURCH, JEFFERSON.

DANA.

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  CHEESE FACTORY.

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  CHURCHES.

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  LODGES AND CAMPS.

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SCRANTON.

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  INCORPORATION.

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  GENERAL BUSINESS INTERESTS.

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  NEWSPAPERS.

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  LAWYERS.

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  PHYSICIANS.

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  BANKS.

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  POSTMASTERS.

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  FIRE PROTECTION.

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  PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

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  CHURCHES.

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PHOTO - RESIDENCE OF SCOTT BARBER, KENDRICK TOWNSHIP, BUILT IN 1862.

  CIVIC SOCIETIES.

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  A TORNADO OF THE LONG AGO.

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CHURDAN.

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  SCHOOLS.

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  POSTMASTERS.

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  INCORPORATION.

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  BANKS.

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  NEWSPAPERS.

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  CHURCHES.

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PHOTO - PUBLIC SCHOOL, PATON.

  THE VENTURE THAT FAILED.

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ADAZA.

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  A CYCLONE AND ITS WORK.

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  THE CHURCH OF CHRIST.

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  THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH.

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PATON.

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  POSTMASTERS.

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RIPPEY.

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PORTRAIT - DR. AND MRS. J. C. LOVEJOY

  NEWSPAPERS.

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  SCHOOLS.

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  BANKS.

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  INCORPORATE RIPPEY.

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  COMMERCIAL CLUB.

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  CIVIC SOCIETIES.

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ANGUS.

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SURREY.

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COOPER.

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  THE COOPER CIRCUIT.

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PHOTO - PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, PATON.

FARLIN.

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HARDIN TOWNSHIP.

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GRANT TOWNSHIP.

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP.

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GREENBRIER TOWNSHIP.

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WILLOW TOWNSHIP.

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP.

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KENDRICK TOWNSHIP.

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CEDAR TOWNSHIP.

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DAWSON TOWNSHIP.

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PORTRAIT - HENRY HAAG

PORTRAIT - MRS. HENRY HAAG

BIOGRAPHICAL.

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