Early Reminiscences, Personal Incidents and Anecdotes,
And A Complete Business Directory Of The County
By Samuel D. Chapman 1879
Contributed by Patty Delmott and Transcribed by Cyndi Vertrees
This township was organized October 9th, 1860, and lies in 84 north and 13 west, with Clark township on the north, Benton County on the east, York township on the south, and Carroll on the west. It contains some very fine prairie land and abundance of timber.
Oneida is watered by four tributaries to Salt Creek. No township in the County is any better supplied with water. It has four streams flowing entirely through the township into Salt Creek which passes on through York and Salt Creek townships and empties into the Iowa River.
The farming portions are rich and productive, and extensive farming is a predominant feature of industry in the township while stock raising is not neglected in the lease.
A. Fowler, was the first white settler in the township, coming here and settling on section 20, in the year 1852. Also among the early settlers were W. Kruthers, J. M. Hull, J. Harden, W. Fowler, D. C. Twogood and G. O. Mason, all opening famrs in various parts of the township.
The first marriage was Mr. H. Hull, to Miss E. J. Kerns, in 1857, J. C. Vermilya, County Judge, officiating.
The first school was taught by Miss Hannah Thompson.
Below will be found a list of township officers from its organization excepting 1867, of which there is no record.
Justices: - G. G. Mason, B. Terpening, F. K. Morgan, J. H. Rushton, M. B. Sapp, C. J. Wiles, A. Anthony, W. Mowry.
Clerks: - D. C. Twogood, J. Thomas, J. K> Bull, W. Mowry, W. W. Wiles.
Trustees - B. Dickerson, R. Terpening, J. B. F. Hill, J. Hardin, J. M. Hill, A. Heath, F. K. Mowry, W. W. Moss, N. Huff, J. C. Wiles, F. K. Morgan, J. H. Burris, W. D. Dean, W. Fowler, A. Cady, M. Sapp, I. E. Babcock, O. A. Turpening.