The History of Keokuk County, Iowa



This township is located in the north part of the county and corresponds with congressional township No. 77, range 12. For several years after it began to be settled, it was a part of English River township. In 1850 it contained a population of 29; in 1856 the population amounted to 164 males and 129 females; in 1875 there were 949 inhabitants. The first four settlers in Adams township were John Ballard, Hugh Rodman, John Duke and Moses McCoy. In 1849 Martin Ballard taught the first school. William P. Cross was the first man married, and the first death was that of a daughter of David Miller, on the farm where Solomon Hallett now lives. The first town laid out was Aurora, situated on sections three and four. In October, 1879, the town of Keswick, on the line of the B., C. R. & N. railway, was laid out; it is situated on sections twenty-one and twenty-two.

The present township officers are as follows:

Justices of the Peace—T. E. Johns and Thomas Cover.

Constables—S. Carl and M. Holliday.

Trustees—Daniel Gordon, Thomas Cover and Wm. Cross.

Clerk—A. H. Stephenson.

Assessor—J. F. Burdine.

Transcribed by Pat Wahl. Thank you, Pat!


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