HENRY CO, IOWA DIRECTORY 1859-60
Watson Bowron, Publisher, Burlington, Iowa
Transcribed by Pat Ryan White
THE CITY OF MT. PLEASANT
Is situated near the center of the County, and is one of the oldest inland towns in the State. The population is set down by the census taken this year at males, 1,674; females, 1,731; total, 3,405. The number of voters is said to be 750 by the same report. For the last four years it has grown with unprecedented rapidity, owing, no doubt, to the many facilities which it possesses over other inland towns, in the way of building material, railway communications and educational advantages. Any quantity of stone, lime, sand and brick clay can be had from within one and two miles of the city. The Burlington & Missouri River R.R. and the Keokuk, Mt. Pleasant & Muscatine R.R. intersect at this point. The Iowa Wesleyan University is located here, with a yearly attendance of a large number of students, both male and female. The High School of S.L. Howe, one of the oldest in the State, is still in operation. Within the last year there has been built one of the largest free school houses in the State. It is sixty feet front by eighty-eight feet deep, three stories high--built with good brick in a substantial manner, with grounds attached sufficient to afford room and recreation for the children--and when completed will cost about $25,000.
The State Insane Asylum is also located here. It is a massive building, built with brick and stone. The outside wall is faced with cut stone, presenting a very fine appearance. It is located about one mile in a southeasterly direction from the center of the town, on 174 acres of fine tilable land. The building is said to be the finest of the kind in the Union, and will cost when completed some $250,000 or $300,000, and will require an annual appropriation of from $40,000 to $50,000 to keep it in operation.
From the foregoing statistics it is found that the male population exceeds the female 389. That there is 80,495 acres of improved land--not one-third the amount susceptible of cultivation in the county. That there has been 5,715 gallons of Sorgum made the last year. That more money is realized from the sale of hogs--being $56,330--than from any other production. That the butter made at 15 cts. per pound amounts to $39,724; while the wool raised at 30 cts. per pound only reaches $7,141. These statistics are worthy of study by the thoughtful agriculturist.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MAYOR, T.W. WOOLSON. MARSHAL, WM.T. SPEARMAN. RECORDER, A. GOAN. CITY AUCTIONEER, J.C. ESTES. ~~~~~ CITY COUNCIL. W.B. CHAMBERLIN, J.B. LASH, JAMES BRUNAUGH, REUBEN ALLEN, JOHN TYNER, WILLIAM N. WHITE, R.T. COBURN. ~~~~~ JUSTICES OF THE PEACE. M.B. DARNALL, W.D. LEEDHAM. JAMES SIMMONS, W.I. WARWICK. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
M.E. Church, Asbury Chapel, corner Monroe and Adam. Rev. P.P. INGALLS, Pastor. College Chapel in University. Rev. M.H. HARE, Pastor. Baptist Church, corner Madison and Adams. Rev. M. SUTTON, Pastor. Congregational Church, corner Main and Monroe. Rev. A.J. DRAKE, Pastor. Protestant Episcopal Church, corner Madison and Jackson. Rev. F.E. JUDD, Pastor. Presbyterian Church, corner Main and Madison. Rev. A.C. McCLELLAND, Pastor. Sabbath School, Rev. M.M. WHITE, Supt. Christian Church, Monroe, n. side, bt. Jefferson and Jackson. Elder SAMUEL LOWE, Pastor. M.P. Church, corner Van Buren and Saunders. Rev. F.A. KIRKPATRICK, Pastor. Universalist Church, corner Madison and Adams. Rev. W.B. LINELL, Pastor.
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Rev. E. CRANE, President.
Rev. F.E. JUDD, Secretary.
Rev. JOSHUA MARTIN, Treasurer.