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Annals of Iowa

Volume 17, No. 7 January, 1931

ABANDONED TOWNS, VILLAGES AND POST OFFICES

OF IOWA

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By David C. Mott

 

HENRY COUNTY

BALTIMORE. A small hamlet and a post office in section 18, Baltimore Township, on the north side of Skunk River, as shown on maps of 1857.

BANGALL. Listed in the U.S. Postal Guide of 1889 as a post office in Henry County, but not found on maps of that period.

BEERY. In the northwestern part of Baltimore Township. Post office, 1897-1900.

BELFAST. In the southwestern part of Trenton Township, south of the Skunk River, as shown on maps of 1857.

BOYLESTON. In the northwestern part of section 25, Jackson Township, on the Skunk River, and later, three fourths of a mile south of that in the northwestern part of section 36. Post office, 1869-93.

COTTON GROVE. In the southern part of section 21 and later in the northeast corner of section 28, Canaan Township. Post office, 1861-81.

CROOKED CREEK. The name of the post office from 1843 to 1851 at what later became the village of Marshall, which see below.

EAST GROVE. A post office from 1849 to 1859 on the north side of the southeast quarter of section 33, Jackson Township. There was a Quaker meeting-house half a mile to the east which was also called East Grove.

JEFFERSON. In section 22, Jefferson Township, as shown on maps of 1854 and 1857.

LA HOYT. The name of the post office (1881-1903) at the former C., B. & Q. railroad station of Ketcham between Mount Pleasant and Rome.

LANCASTER. The name first given to the present village of Trenton when it was laid out in 1836, but which it kept only a year when it was changed to Trenton.

McCABES. Near the center of Canaan Township, as shown on maps of 1855, 1856 and 1857.

McCARVERSTOWN. The pioneer name of the present village of Lowell, prior to 1843.

MARSHALL. The first given the present town of Wayland. It was laid out as Marshall in 1851. The name of its post office which had been Crooked Creek (see above) was Marshall from 1851 to 1875.

RURAL. Listed in the 1893 U. S. Postal Guide as a post office in Henry County, but not found on maps of that period.

SHOCKLEY. The name of the post office at the present town of Winfield from 1852 to 1853.

STRINGTOWN. See Traxler below.

TRAXLER. In the western part of section 20, Marion Township. Post office, 1893-97. Stringtown was the name of the hamlet here.

VEGA. A post office (1851-97) shown in the northwestern part of Salem Township on maps of 1856 and 1857, but in the western part of Tippecanoe Township on maps of the 1890's.

WASHINGTON. The early name of the present town of Hillsboro. The name was changed about 1851.

WINONA. In the southwestern part of section 13, Wayne Township. Post office, 1871-75.

WOODLAWN. A post office one and one-half miles south of the city of Mount Pleasant, in existence for a short time in the early 1880's.



Many Towns of County Have Disappeared in a Century
Mt. Pleasant News; October 1, 1955 pg. 6

    The changes in towns and town post offices of Henry county in a little over a century have been numerous. This list of abandoned towns, or abandoned post offices, in the county was prepared by Mrs. Helen Virden, county recorder, in connection with some statewide research.

     BALTIMORE: a village laid out February 6, 1877 by Michael T. Simmons and Jacob Conkright in the southeast quarter of section 18, Baltimore Township on the north bank of Skunk River. In one of the old Commissioner records this is called New Baltimore and was named as a precinct for election purposes in January 1841. The township was named for this town. The Township Baltimore being established in 1841. Records show the purchase of land for this town in 1837.

    BANGALL: Probably in the southern part of Section 27 Tippecanoe Township. The Post office was established June 25, 1889 with Albert Lamm postmaster. Its name was changed to Denova March 5, 1890. It was discontinued as a post office December 1905. This village had rail service at one time. The 1895 map shows Denova in Section 35. Neither of these towns were platted as a matter of record.

     BEDFORD: a town platted April 5, 1839 by William Thrash and William H. Lyon in the Southwest quarter of Section 30, Center Township. It had no post office.

     BEERY: Common corner of Section 7-8-17-18. Baltimore township. The post office was established July 1, 1896 with Evangeline R. Beery as postmaster and discontinued April 30, 1901. This was very likely named for the Beery family and many of the descendants live in Henry County now.

    BELFAST: A village laid out by James Gibson in 1837 - July 8th. It was on the east half of the southwest quarter and the West half of the southeast quarter of Section 32, Trenton Township, south of Skunk River. It had no post office.

     BOYELSTON: A post office for a time in the northwest quarter of Section 2, Jackson Township and moved later to the Northwest quarter of Section 36. The post office was established July 13, 1868, James E. Shelledy postmaster and discontinued March 22, 1895. The bridge across Skunk river at this point is still called the Boyelston Bridge.

     COTTON GROVE: A post office at first in South Section 21 and later in the northeast quarter of Section 28 Canaan Township. The post office was established September 3, 1858 with Horton J. Howard as postmaster and discontinued September 8, 1881.

     CROOKED CREEK: The early name of the post office at Marshall. The post office was established February 3, 1843. Rufus M. Pickel, postmaster. Its name was changed to Marshall on October 8, 1851. Later changed to Wayland March 20, 1880. Laid out September 24, 1851.

     DENOVA: See above as Bengall, changed to Denova March 8, 1890.

     EAST GROVE:  A post office on the north side of the southeast quarter of Section 33, Jackson Township, established March 28, 1848, Joseph D. Hoag, postmaster and discontinued October 12, 1859.

     FINIS: Near southeast corner of Section 16 and northwest corner of Section 21, Tippecanoe Township. The post office was established February 13, 1896, John R. Montgomery, postmaster and discontinued December 28, 1896, having been a post office less than one year, there is some question of the exact location of this town inasmuch as it was never platted.

    HILLSBOROUGH: The name of the Town called Hillsboro now and was platted as Washington, February 9, 1840. Changed to Hillsboro January 20, 1887.

    IRISHTOWN: A colloquial name of Woodlawn. (See under Woodlawn) Did not have a post office.

     JEFFERSON: A town laid out August 12, 1837 at the common corner of Sections 23,22,26 and 27 Jefferson township. It had no post office.

     KETCHAM SWITCH: A railroad station in the southwest quarter of the southeast quarter of Section 1 Tippecanoe township. Its post office was LaHoyt. It was called Ketcham Switch or sometimes Ketcham. This was named after an early family in Henry county who owned a Ketcham Mill and the bridge adjacent was named the Ketcham bridge and is still referred to in that fashion. At one time there was a Ketcham Ferry where the Ketcham bridge now stands.

     LAHOYT: The name of the post office at Ketcham Switch. The post office was established July 29, 1880, Levi Durk postmaster and was discontinued May 15, 1901; reestablished October 15, 1901 with Emerson Glover as postmaster and finally discontinued August 31, 1904.

    LANCASTER: The name of Trenton when established in 1836. The name of the town wsa changed to Trenton a year later and is still called by that name.

     McCABES: Near the center of Canaan township as shown on maps dated 1857. It had no post office.

     MIDPRAIRIE: Only reference to this town found in Scott township in a map of 1870 probably located on the line of the county.

    MT. VERNON: Only reference to this town is in a list of Post Offices located in Henry county in 1879. Location is not ascertained.

    McCARVERSTOWN: The original name of the present town of Lowell. Before 1843. Supposedly laid out by McCarver, one of the first settlers in Iowa and named for him. The proprietors of the plat on record are given as M.M. McCarver and Edmond Archibald. The surveyor John C. Mather. There was no post office listed for McCarverstown.

     McCLUREVILLE: The original name of a post office established July 28, 1890 and named for the postmaster George D. McClure. It was located in the southeast quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 32 in Jefferson township. This town was not platted.

     MARSHALL: The name of the present town of Wayland from 1851 to 1880. The town was laid out as Crooked Creek and was changed to Marshall October 3, 1851 and to Wayland March 20, 1880. R.M. Pickle and M.S. Roberts were the proprietors. Rufus M. Pickle was postmaster. In some instances the name is listed as Fickle.

    MT. STARLING: A town laid out September 29, 1837, William Scarey and Archibald Kerr as proprietors. The plat gives no location and is believed to be a town in the adjacent county.

    OAKLAND MILLS: A thriving village for many years with a woolen and grist mill on the north bank of the Skunk River. It is located in the SW quarter of Section 24, Tippecanoe township. The village is presently well known fishing spot in SE Iowa but the post office that was established in April 1868 with Miss Pauline A. Clark as postmaster was discontinued July 29, 1878 reestablished February 1879 and finally discontinued Oct 31, 1901. This is listed as a town in 1853 map with a connecting railroad called the "K-Line" or "Old Jerky." This town was platted but never incorporated of record.

     RURAL: A post office on the north side of the northwest quarter of Section 9. Jackson township. The post office was established June 5, 1893 with Charles Noble as postmaster and it was discontinued Feb. 17, 1894.

     SHOCKLEY: Once located near Winfield and sometimes reported as being the original name of the town of Winfield. The post office was established June 21, 1852 and Thomas Shockley was named postmaster. One this same date the town of Winfield was platted with Asbury Porter as proprietor. This plat was not filed and made a matter of record until 1855. The name was changed to Winfield according to history on Dec. 10, 1852.

     STRINGTOWN: The name of a hamlet at the post office of Traxler. It was never platted as a town as a matter of record. The post office was established in 1890.

     SWEDESBOURGH: The name of the post office at the town now shortened to Swedesburg. One record calls it Sweedsbourgh. The post office was established in 1870 and was changed to the name of Swedesburg May 18, 1893. It was platted Sept. 11, 1875.

     TRAXLER: A post office in the southwest quarter of the northwest quarter, Section 20, Marion township for Stringtown. The post office was established in 1890, Calvin C. Stevenson was postmaster and it was discontinued Jan 13, 1898.

     VEGA: A post office established June 20, 1851, Joseph W. Frame, postmaster. 1895 map shows Vega as being in Section 19, Tippecanoe township. In June, 1851, when the post office was established it was in Jefferson county. It was discontinued in February 1866 and reestablished in January 1871 with George Chapman as postmaster and finally discontinued Sept. 9, 1899. It is assumed that it was a post office in Henry county from January 1871 to September 1890.

     WASHINGTON: Original name of Hillsboro was platted as Washington March 2, 1840. The sworn chairmen were Charles Brewington and Luther C. Courey, John C. Mather, surveyor. It was changed to Hillsborough Jan 10, 1844 and to Hillsboro on Jan. 20, 1887.

    WAYNE: A hamlet at the center of the West line of Section 3, Wayne township. The post office was established Aug. 4, 1851, Sylvester Smith postmaster and discontinued Feb. 13, 1904.

     WEST MT. PLEASANT: The name of the present town of Mt. Pleasant when it was in Wisconsin territory.

     WINONA: In the southwest quarter of Section 12, Wayne township. The post office was established June 18, 1869. Thomas Brown was postmaster and the office was discontinued Nov. 7, 1879.

     WOODLAWN: A small community about one half mile south of Mt. Pleasant, locally called Irishtown. This was platted as a town June 11, 1856 with Lockwood and Graham as proprietors.

     CHICAUQUA: Original name of the town of Rome and laid out Sept. 24, 1857, located as being part of the Northeast quarter of Section 5-71-7 (Tippecanoe township). The proprietor was D.C. Whitwoods and the surveyor John Rhiza.

     This information is authenticated by records in the Recorder's Office of Henry County, research of Guy R. Ramsey of Iowa State College, Henry County History 1870 and 1879 and plats. The business directory was taken from the plat book of 1870.
     Special Note: Coppock, a town in the northwest corner of Henry county, has a taxation district in three counties- Henry, Jefferson and Washington.
     Trenton and Oakland Mills were once considered as possible locations for the county seat. The plat of Trenton setting aside a lot in each block for the use of the county should Trenton be located as the county seat. The first territorial road was approved in 1838 on Dec. 19, and called for a road from Fort Madison to Trenton.
     The County of Henry was established in the 1st Wisconsin Territorial Legislature and the precincts were established in 1841 and the lines of the county (boundaries) were established  in 1837 by action of the County Commissioners and were determined by Asbury Power.