Page County, Iowa History
[source] The History of Page County, Iowa, from the Earliest Settlement, in 1843, to the First Centennial of American Independence, July 4, 1876, including A Period of Thirty-Three years. By E. Miller, Ex-County Surveyor, and Superintendent of Public Schools, Page County, Iowa. Clarinda, Iowa: Herald Book and Job Office. 1876
(transcribed by Pat Combs O'Dell:
[page 24] Pierce Township - Pierce includes congressional township number 70 north, range 39 west, being situated in the northwest corner of the "Dominion of Page." After the settlers already mentioned, Aaron Kinion bought Stillman's claim in 1853, and made a settlement. Benjmain Kenion, Levi Hunt, George Martin, Asahel Martin, Lewis Hunt, and others settled prior to 1860. Martin Jones laid out the town of Franklin Grove in 1860. Soon after A.J. Gilmore bought the property from Levi Hunt, and built a brick house, the first brick house in the County. Mr J.W. Thomas settled south of the village, and I.J. Jones and Robert Jones settled on the town site. William Davis located on the bottom, west of the Nishnabotna, on the farm formerly occupied by Hamilton Miller.