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The 1879 History of Jones County Iowa was transcribed by Janet A. Brandt.

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Jones County is situated in the eastern part of the State, bounded on the north by Delaware and Dubuque Counties, on the east by Jackson and Clinton Counties, on the south by Cedar and on the west by Linn County, and comprises an area of sixteen Congressional Townships.
The surface is undulating, with numerous slight elevations or low, conical hills, the valleys extending in every direction. There is considerable timber along the streams, and at sundry places are found groves of oak, maple, walnut, ash and cottonwood on the prairies. The soil is fertile, and produces wheat, corn, oats and potatoes abundantly; the climate is decidedly healthful, and the whole county is well watered by the Maquoketa and Wapsipinicon Rivers, which traverse it in a southeasterly direction, and are fed by numerous tributaries. Good orchards of apples, cherries and wild plums are abundant, and other fruits are liberally produced in all parts of the county. Grapes, especially, are abundantly produced at small expense, and are destined to become an important product. The people are chiefly engaged in agriculture and stock-raising, and considerable attention is given to the dairy business, the products of the latter having largely increased during the last four or five years. A goodly number of cheese-factories and creameries are in a flourishing condition, and considerable attention is paid to the raising of fine horses and blooded stock.
Coal is not to be found, but the quarries of building-stone are the best in the State, fully equal in quality to the celebrated building-stone at Joliet, Ill., and much more easily obtained. Lead has been discovered in small quantities in the eastern part of the county, but not in sufficient quantities to pay for working.
The general productiveness of the county is equal to any portion of the State. The inhabitants are mostly Americans, and are an industrious and frugal people.
The first settlers located at Bowen's Prairie and at Monticello in 1836, in Fairview and Clay Townships in 1837 and at Anamosa in 1838. Wyoming, Rome, Jackson, Wayne, etc., were settled at about the same time, and some of them before 1838.
The facts herein recorded have been obtained from the old settlers themselves, from papers published in the county and from the county records.

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CONTENTS
GEOLOGY
COUNTY ORGANIZATION
ELECTION PRECINCTS
TOWNSHIP ORGANIZATION
FIRST COURT
COMMISSIONERS' ACTS
COUNTY SEAT QUESTIONS
THE COUNTY JAIL
COUNTY AND LEGISLATIVE OFFICERS
LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATION
RAILROADS
COUNTY FINANCES
STATISTICS—SOCIAL AND AGRICULTURAL
BRIDGES
TIMBER, HEDGES, ETC.
CENSUS OF 1840 AND DEAF MUTES
POLITICAL
LYNCH LAW
A TORNADO
AN EXPENSIVE FUNERAL
WAR HISTORY
UNION MEETING
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS' RESOLUTIONS OF LOYALTY, JUNE 6, 1861
PATRIOTIC MEETING IN ROME
THE COUNTY FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
INCIDENTS OF ENLISTMENT
FIRST COMPANY OF VOLUNTEERS
GRAND TURN-OUT OF MILITARY AND CITIZENS
FLAGS PRESENTATION AND DEPARTURE
FAREWELL SUPPER
SANITARY COMMISSION
FLAG PRESENTATIONS TO THE IOWA NINTH BY THE BOSTON LADIES
COPY OF THE ADDRESS OF BOSTON LADIES ON PRESENTATION OF FLAGS
ANOTHER OFFERING FROM JONES COUNTY
THE DRAFT
THE FLAG OF THE NINTH IOWA
WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY AT ANAMOSA
THE FOURTEENTH IOWA INFANTRY
RE-UNION AT MONTICELLO,
AUGUST 14, 1865

COL. WILIAM T. SHAW,
OF ANAMOSA

SOLDIER'S MEMENTO—
LEFT-HAND WRITING
HORRIBLE MURDER IN JONES COUNTY
OLD SETTLERS' ASSOCIATION
THE ADDITIONAL PENITENTIARY AT ANAMOSA
PENITENTIARY STATISTICS
STATE FISH-HATCHING ESTABLISHMENT
METEOROLOGICAL
ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE
TORNADO AT MONTICELLO
FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP
EARLY SETTLEMENT OF ANAMOSA AND FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP
THE VILLAGE
OF FAIRVIEW

A CHAPTER OF
EARLY HISTORY

FIRST SCHOOLHOUSE
THE FIRST POST OFFICE
ANAMOSA
CITY OFFICERS
ORIGIN OF THE
NAME ANAMOSA

INCORPORATION
THE PRESS
EDUCATIONAL
CHURCHES
FIRST BURIAL IN THE ANAMOSA CEMETERY
ANAMOSA CEMETERY ASSOCIATION
ST. PATRICK'S LITERARY AND BENEVOLENT SOCIETY
WESTERN SICK BENEFIT ASSOCIATION
ANAMOSA SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATION
ANAMOSA ART ASSOCIATION
SECRET SOCIETIES
ANAMOSA DRIVING-PARK ASSOCIATION
WATER-WORKS
FIRE DEPARTMENT
FIRES
STONE QUARRIES NEAR ANAMOSA
THE PIONEER TOBACCO RAISERS OF IOWA
LIQUOR CONFISCATION
MARRIAGE INCIDENT
EDMUND BOOTH
MONTICELLO TOWNSHIP
EARLY HISTORY
OFFICIAL ROSTER
MONTICELLO IN 1879
EDUCATIONAL
THE PRESS
CHURCHES
YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION
WATER-WORKS
FIRE DEPARTMENT
SECRET SOCIETIES
ASSOCIATIONS
JONES COUNTY MILITIA COMPANY
JONES COUNTY AGRICULTURL SOCIETY
THE PRINCIPAL FIRES
WYOMING TOWNSHIP
EARLY REMINISCENCES OF WYOMING AND VICINITY
FIRST SCHOOLHOUSE
FIRST STORE
ORGANIZATION OF THE TOWNSHIP
THE METHODISTS
PRESBYTERIANS
UNITED PRESBYTERIAN
BAPTIST CHURCH
WYOMING IN 1879
OFFICIAL ROSTER
MADISON TOWNSHIP
THE VILLAGE
OF ONSLOW

CENTER JUNCTION
OXFORD TOWNSHIP
OXFORD JUNCTION
OXFORD MILLS
HALE TOWNSHIP
GREENFIELD TOWNSHIP
ROME TOWNSHIP
REMINISCENCES OF ROME—1840-1841
OLIN IN 1879
SOCIETIES
CASTLE GROVE TOWNSHIP
CHURCHES
RICHLAND TOWNSHIP
HISTORICAL SKETCH OF BOWEN'S PRAIRIE
SCOTCH GROVE TOWNSHIP
CHURCHES AND RED RIVER EMIGRANTS
CLAY TOWNSHIP
BETHEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP
JACKSON TOWNSHIP
CASS TOWNSHIP
WAYNE TOWNSHIP
EARLY SETTLEMENT
ORGANIZATION
COUNTY FARM
VILLAGES
CREAMERIES
CHURCHES
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