Colfax Township, History
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Some Early History ~ Colfax Township

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Some Early Colfax Township ~ History
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1875 Colfax Twp., - Click on thumbnail for larger view!  Colfax Township,
Colfax includes congressional township 67 North, Range 36 West. It was included in Washington Township for some years.per [1876 Hst.Bk., Pg21] Colfax was named in honor of Honorable Schuyler COLFAX, former Vice-President of the United States in the southern tier of township in Page County. It is east of Washington, South of Lincoln, west of Amit Township, and bounded on the south by the the line between Iowa and Missouri. It comprises congressional Township-67-North, Range-38-West, hence is six miles square, except what it lacks of full section along the State line. At an early day all the southern portion of Page County was claimed by and paid reveuue to the State of Missouri. Colfax was at one time part of Washington Township. [1890 Hst.Bk., Pg416]

Tarkio River courses it way through this township, from Section #5 on the north line to section #31 on the south. Along the beautiful stream one finds coniderable valuable native timberland, in which the first settler lived.[1890 Hst.Bk., Pg416]

The first settlement made in this Township was by Alexander MONTGOMERY, in 1850. Some, if not all, of the citizens of Tarkio and Lincoln Townships collected and rased his house. per [1876 Hst.Bk., Pg13]
After Mr. MONTGOMERY came John/Jack H. GILLIHAN, both from Kentucky. per [1880 Hst.Bk., Pg570]

In 1850 Alexander Montgomery made the first actual settlement in what is now styled Colfax Township. He settled on section 5, and died in 1882. Next came John Gillihan to section 8. They both came here from Kentncky. John Iker came about the same period, locatinr on section 16. To these three pioneers should go the credit of effecting the first settlement in this now good locality. It was these three men who set the first stakes and gave tone and caste to the early affairs of the township. Soon sprang up good school, churches, pleasant homes, model farms, and all that goes toward making a county desirable. per [1890 Hst.Bk.,Pg#416]

The first settlement [1852 to 1857] after the unorganized period was made by:
A.W. ARMSTRONG, Teacher, Farmer, entered 1857, 80acres, on Section 14 [Andreas 1875 Plat Bk.]
J.H. BANGS, Farmer, entered 1857, 80 acres on Section 27 [Andreas 1875 Plat Bk.]
Mr. BIRDSALL, per [1876 Hst.Bk., Pg21]
C.A. BULL, Farmer, entered 1887, 80acres, on Section 1 [Andreas 1875 Plat Bk.]
Jack H. GILLIHAN, on Section 8; per [1876 Hst.Bk., Pg21]
J.H. GILLIHAN, Farmer, entered 1852, 370 acres, on Section 5 [Andreas 1875 Plat Bk.]
Mr. HAMILL, per [1876 Hst.Bk., Pg21]
James HAMILL, Farmer, entered 1857, 120 acres, on Section 3 [Andreas 1875 Plat Bk.]
James HAYNER, on Section 5; per [1876 Hst.Bk., Pg21]
John IKER, on Section 16; and per [1876 Hst.Bk., Pg21]
Edward MONZINGO, per [1876 Hst.Bk., Pg21]
Edward MONZINGO, Farmer, entered 1857, 170 acres, on Section 10 [Andreas 1875 Plat Bk.]
D.M. SCOGGAN, Farmer, entered 1855, 160 acres, on Section 2 [Andreas 1875 Plat Bk.]
J.B. SHORT, Farmer, entered 1856, 80 acres, on Section 14 [Andreas 1875 Plat Bk.]
Alfred SNODDERLY, per [1876 Hst.Bk., Pg21]
Lewis LOWNS, per [1876 Hst.Bk., Pg21]
Jefferson TIBBITS, per [1876 Hst.Bk., Pg21]
and the LYNN boys per [1876 Hst.Bk., Pg21]

2. PATRONS OF PAGE CO. IA., Andreas Plat Book - 1875 [REF:#2]
and afterward by: [1860 to 1870]
A.Z. ARMOUR, 280 acres on Sections 10, & 12, [1876 Hst.Bk.,Pg#86]
Thomas BOYLE, 165 acres on sections 14, 15, & 23 [1876 Hst.Bk.,Pg#86]
Thomas BOYLE, Est., Farmer, entered 1867, 80 acres, on Section 14 [Andreas 1875 Plat Bk.]
J.W. CALVERT, per [1876 Hst.Bk., Pg21]
William M. GATES, Farmer, entered 1866, 120 acres, on Section 14 [Andreas 1875 Plat Bk.]
Jack H. GILLIHAM, 380 acres on Sections 4, 5, 8, & 9 [1876 Hst.Bk.,Pg#86]
S.F. HEATH, Farmer, entered 1868, 120 acres, on Section 4 [Andreas 1875 Plat Bk.]
Alexander HENDERSON, 195 acres on Sections 24, 25 [1876 Hst.Bk.,Pg#86]
Samuel HERON, 260 acres on Sections 11, & 17 [1876 Hst.Bk.,Pg#86]
Samuel HERRON, Farmer, entered 1869, 260 acres, on Section 11 [Andreas 1875 Plat Bk.]
John IKER, 317 acres on Sections 16, 21, & 17 [1876 Hst.Bk.,Pg#86]
Mr. MICHAEL, at Willisburg, on the old LYNN Farm. per [1876 Hst.Bk., Pg21]
N.S. MILLS, Farmer, entered 1868, 80 acres, on Section 14 [Andreas 1875 Plat Bk.]
Alexander MONTGOMERY, 324 acres on Sections 4, & 5 [1876 Hst.Bk.,Pg#86]
John MONZINGO, per [1876 Hst.Bk., Pg21]
William MONZINGO, per [1876 Hst.Bk., Pg21]
A.T. MOORE, Farmer, entered 1866, 120 acres, on Section 14 [Andreas 1875 Plat Bk.]
Fred NELSON, 620 acres on Sections 1, 2, 19, 16, & 21 [1876 Hst.Bk.,Pg#86]
J.H. PALMER, 220 acres on Sections 8, & 5 [1876 Hst.Bk.,Pg#86]
Isaiah POWERS, 125 acres on Section 24 [1876 Hst.Bk.,Pg#86]
Horace PRATT, 160 acres on Sections 24, & 15 [1876 Hst.Bk.,Pg#86]
W.W. RUSSELL, per [1876 Hst.Bk., Pg21]
Allen SEARCY, 345 acres on Sections 13, 24, & 15 [1876 Hst.Bk.,Pg#86]
Thomas SNODDERLY, per [1876 Hst.Bk., Pg21]
Orestes WETMORE, 160 acres on Section 23 [1876 Hst.Bk.,Pg#86]
O. WESTMORE, Farmer, entered 1866, 175 acres, on Section 23 [Andreas 1875 Plat Bk.]
Robert WHITTAKER, 245 acres on Sections 26, & 24 [1876 Hst.Bk.,Pg#86]
Robert WHITTAKER, Farmer, entered 1868, 291 acres, on Section 26 [Andreas 1875 Plat Bk.]
all settled her at an early day. per [1876 Hst.Bk., with acres Pg#86]

Blanchard is a flonrishing town of about 500 population, on the Omaha & St. Louis Railway, on sections 32 and 33 of Colfax Township, and also a small portion extends over the State line into Missouri. It was platted in September, 1879, and lots sold in October. It is well located and is surrounded by one of the most fertile and paying agricultural districts in Page County. Its population are for the most part intelligent Americans, who sustain the best of all modern improvements and build up educational and religious societies very rapidly.per [1890 Hst.Bk., Pg416]

Blanchard, Colfax Twp., Page Co., Iowa
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3.a. Blanchard, INCORPORATION.
Blanchard became an incorporated town in 1880. The first Town Council were:
T. F. Willis, Mayor;
Samuel M. Zelnff, Recorder;
A. J. Colton, Treasurer;
J. A. Funk, Trustees
S. W. Bird, Trustees
C. G. Anderson, Trustees
M. G. Blair, Trustees
C. O. Hayes, Trustees
G. A. Gattlin, Trustees

3.b. Blanchard Mayor's have been:
T. F. Willis, 1880;
C. C. Hayes, 1881;
T. F. Willis, 1882;
J. V. Beghtol, 1883;
J. V. Beghtol, 1884;
J. W. HOlliday, 1885;
N. J. Hussell, 1886
J. D. Parrott, 1887;
T. F. Willis, 1888;
J. A. Funk, 1889

3.c. Blanchard officers at present (1890) are:
J. A. Funk, Mayor;
C. C. Barker, Recorder;
A. A. Lincoln, Treasurer;
J. W. Vinacke, Trustee;
J. J. Bean, Trustee;
T. F. Maddock, Trustee;
U. T. James, Trustee;
E. L. Kennon, Trustee.

3.d. Post Office History.
Willsburg Post Office is in Colfax Township, near the Southwest corner. per [1876 Hst.Bk., Pg87]
It was located on the SW, SW cornor of Section #19.....prs
An office was established in the autumn of 1879, with J. D. Parrott as postmaster.
He was succeeded as follows: per [1890 Hst.Bk., Pg416]
B. Thurman,
J. R. Pruitt,
O. Wetmore.
It soon became a money order office. Up to February, 1890, there had been issued from this
office 7,697 orders and 5,306 postal notes.

3.e. Blanchard, First Events (1890) are:
The first child born at Blanchard was Martha, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Lincoln, born Jan 15, 1880.
The first school was taught by E. E. Benedict, in 1880.
The first house on the plat was built by John Mann.
The first goods was sold by:
     John Mann, grocer;
     Fossett & Birdsall, hardware;
     N. G. Russell, general dealers;
     A. A. Lincoln, general dealers;
     Frank Gillmore, general dealers;
     Bower & Comstock, groceries and meat;
     J. D. Parrott, drugs;
     Mr. Clement, furniture;
     Anderson Bar, agricultural goods;
     J. Cole & Co., grain dealers; and
     George Palmer & Co., lumber.

3.f. Blanchard, Business (1890) are:
On February 5, 1890, the following constituted the commercial interests at Blanchard:
Agricultural Dealers - Maddock & Bryant, A. W. Hawley.
Bank - Monk & Anderson
Blackmiths - John Black & Son; W. F. Berry
Coal - J. C. Williams.
Drugs - G. A. Pruitt & Co., J. W. Holliday, A. O. Mudge
Furniture - W. H. Maddock.
General Dealers - A. A. Lincoln, J. J. Beam, John Sharp, McCord & McDaniels, Furgeson & Axtel, C. L. Roberts.
Grain - Cole & Co., J. C. Williams & Co.
Groceries - Johnson & Palmer.
Hotel - R. Joy.
Hardware - J. W. Vinacke & Son.
Harnes Shop - I. T. Bull.
Jewelry - J. W. Howell, William Gilson.
Lumber - George Palmer & Co.
Livery Stables - Anderson Bros., D. A. McCord.
Millinery- Mrs. O. E. Comstock, Mrs. Durall, Messner & Kelso.
Meat Markets - John A. Palmer, Furgeson & Axtle, C. L. Roberts.
Newspaper - "Blanchard Sentinel"
Photographs - F. L. Green, Willillm Gilson.
Shoe Shop - James McMichael.
Wagon Shop - Josepll Walle.

By request of my friends I promised to write.
Of Blanchard and it's virtues is which I delight.
Its in south-western Iowa its situation Is fine.
On the big Tarkio in its southward flow on the north Missouri line.
Its citizen eight hundred strong enjoy. The precious boon.
Of graded schools and churches too, And has no beer saloon.
Besides she has good Sunday schools,
and meetings for prayer and praise,
Where children in youth, are instructed,
In truth, to walk in wisdom's ways.
Few faults the town of Blanchard has,
Good works her faults erase.
And now we rehearse in jingling verse,
The business firms of the place.
The wagon shop as you come from, The south,
Is run by McCORD and Son,
If you want work done and like a, Good job.
You should go there to get it done. There's BLACKMER & LIGHTFOOT, with Sooty faces.
They do their work better than most Other places.
Their jobs are the best, their prices, Are low.
I'm a blacksmith myself, and ought, To know.
Next shop going north, no doubt you, have seen.
Its the photograph place of our friend, Mr. GREENE.
His pictures are splendid in finish, And style.
If you want good ones, give him A trial.
We now come to main street, and Pause at the store.
Of McKNIGHT and SHARP, and peep in, At the door.
Where I see Mr. SHARP at work, with His might.
Selling and trading, from morning till, Night.
Next Dr. MORRISON, next Dr. DODDS, If I knew them,
I'd tell you, but what's The odds.
But they say they are good ones to Heal the sick.
So if you are ailing, go for Them quick.
Next is McCLAREN's barber shop, And I wish to say at the start,
He knows the trade well, and does his, Work, neat.
In a style that is heard to beat.
Next door is G.A. PITMAN, who also, Follows the trade.
And I have been told, by young and, By old.
That his work is of similar grade.
Next, comes Mr. HOWELL, with jewels, So rare.
With rings, set with diamonds, that Glitter and glare.
If you're needing repairs on a clock, Or a watch.
You should try Mr. HOWELL, you'll find, Him no botch.
Next is the drugstore of MUDGE & Son,
Where things in order are decently, Done.
With the purest of drugs, paints, powders, And oils.
And I think they do business according, To Hoyle.
Mrs. WOLF's restaurant comes next, To my view.
And I'll tell you about her, ere? we get through.
One thing in particular, I wish, To reveal.
They say Mrs. WOLF dishes up a good, Meal.
Next door is I.T. BULL, he'll put you, Up a harness.
He certainly uses choicest of leather,
For his harness keeps soft in the, Coldest of weather.
There's AXTELL & WETMORE, two,
Straightforward men. I've tested their honesty, time and, Again.
In fresh meats and groceries, they run, A good trade.
And their meat and their goods are, Not second grade.
There's Miss BLACKMER's milliner shop,
At the old NEELY stand.
Prices low, and as nice goods as, Anywhere in the land.
She's a good Christian lady, respected By all.
If you ladies would prove this just, Give her a call.
S.A. JOHNSTON, as we march up the, Street.
Is the next business firm that we, Meet.
What a splendid assortment, and Prices right down.
As cheap as you get goods in any big, Town.
Next we strike the butcher shop of, William PRIESTMAN.
He's robust, and ruddy stout and,
Strong as a St. Joe policeman.
As a butcher he's thorough, his patrons, All know it.
In buying stock, he's got the best, Go see, his meat will show it.
There's C.C. BARKER, the furniture man,
He's Recorder and merchant combined.
His furniture nice, and he sells at a price.
That leaves other dealers, behind.
Their's DUNKIE & Co., started a short, Time ago.
You know how that is yourself.
But they prosper and shine, for their, Goods are as fine.
As ever were laid on a shelf.
Next, is Jake BEAN, we've reached him, At last.
The fine mammoth store, on the hill.
Like bees in a hive, his clerks are alive.
Louie WOLF, Miss WHEELER, and "Bill".
As we journey westward, our pace we, Slack.
At the hardware and tinshop of, Mr. VINACKE;
With amazement we look as we pass, The door.
For he's chuck full of goods, from Ceiling to floor.
He's honest and upright, and on the Right track.
Would to God all the world was like, Mr. VINACKE.
WETMORE & HENDERSON without any, Doubt.
Are men the town couldn't well do, Without.
They also have hardware, like, Mr. VINACKE.
Stoves, staples, barb wire, or shot by, The sack.
They run the Post Office pleasing to, All.
They seem so obliging whenever you, Call.
Wesley McDANIEL's has a neat little store,
Where they buy eggs and butter, and Wants to buy more.
His wife and himself attend to the, Shop.
Where a good many Iowa customers, Stop.
The Blanchard Bank, next on our, Westward dash.
It's rating shows up 40,000 in cash.
They've 'scads' of money and never, Refuse.
Providing your credit, you never abuse.
MONK & ANDERSON, own it and deal on, The square.
Such bankers as they, you'll find, Very rare.
There's BASKER's restaurant, if you Want a good meal.
Or in buying his goods, you'll get a, Square deal.
When I'm thirsty and call for a good, Lemonade.
Dan soon shakes her up, and very best, Grade.
There's Mr. McMICHAEL's shoemaker, Shop.
He'll do you good work that will last,
And none will refuse, his boots or, his shoes.
They know what they've been in, The past.
As onward we trudge we see Mrs. MUDGE.
In her excellent milliner shop.
If a hat or a bonnet you ladies would, Buy.
It surely will pay you to stop,
Such an assortment, I never did see,
Though I have traveled afar.
Each day they are sold, to the young, And the old.
Down at the Ladies Bazar,
As we saunter along, humming a song,
We hush, for we are somewhat afraid,
Of rousing the editor, E. J. ORR,
Armed with the Blanchard Blade.
The Blade is the spirit and life of the, Town.
And I know that I have'nt a doubt,
That this journal excels in whatever, It tells.
I'ts a paper I can't do without.
Next man, Mr. JOY, from old Illinoy,
He runs the Commercial Hotel.
I stopped with him long since, and I, Fared like a prince.
They are fitted for business as well,
Stopping there I have seen everything, Neat and clean.
And as my landlord lit me to bed,
On a couch of the best, how sweet I, Did rest.
With a soft pillow under my head.
In walking my beat, to the end of, Main street.
To the depot and then up the track,
I see FUNK, and WILLIAMS separate, Dealers in grain.
Be patient, I'll soon hurry back.
By the card-load they buy, corn, wheat, Oats and rye,
And if yours should prove to be nice,
You never will fail to make a good sale.
For they pay the handsomest price.
Leaving WILLIAMS's and 'Joe" we, haste From below,
Coming up the north side of the street,
Where BRYANT & BULLOCK have an, Implement store,
That all Chicago can't beat.
They've binders and mowers and carts,
And plows that are second to none,
And I just want to say as I hasten, Away,
The boys have and excellent run.
Al HAWLEY has implements equally, Good.
And is sending them out by score,
If you have'nt the cash, he'll give you "Time",
As soon as you call at his door.
But lately poor Al has been sick,
But this we are happily to tell,
Like novel John BOWER he's good to, The poor,
And we earnestly hope he'll get well.
Mrs. McDANIEL's restaurant is next.
And a good reputation she's made,
When you dine at her house you get, Fare No. 1.
And her shop is the center of trade.
Stopping there you see, best coffee and, Tea.
Roast meats, pie and puddings, and, Bread.
Not a shop in the town has got such, Renown.
As many good people have said.
The drugstore of PRUITT & KELSO is, Next,
Their building stands facing the, Street,
Everything in their line is all very, Fine.
In fact it's not easily beat.
Dr. PRUITT is a man that will do all he, Can,
In fact he's rejected by few,
With his powders and pills, he'll doctor, Your ills.
And generally carry you through.
Next shop in my range is the Flour, Exchange,
Mr. DANNER has given it's success,
For he's honest and fair, and has flour, That's rare.
We can't do without him, I guess,
Mr. WINNEY keeps shop next door, Where I stop,
When I wish to get, best patent hives,
As a workman in wood, you'll find Him as good,
As ever you saw in your lives.
Further east as I go, is HALSTED & Co.,
And I hope you will not think it a yarn,
When their customers say, they know, It will pay,
To stop at the Livery Barn.
There's the ANDERSON, boys, heavy Dealers in stock,
Besides they have houses and land,
In buying they'll say, we are willing, To pay,
As much as the market will stand.
There's Deputy & Lucas Implement, Store,
Be sure and look as you go,
There's an endless assortment of, Implement goods,
As cheap as they sell in St. Joe,
Besides they're mechanics and do, Their work well,
And good satisfaction they give,
They never will curse you as other, Have done,
They're willing to let a man live,
Billy GIBSON takes pictures and jewelry, sells.
Be sure and drop in for a while,
For Billy will sell, and please you so, Well.
You are sure to go home with a smile,
The lumber yard down, at the west, End of town,
Excuse me I almost forgot,
To speak in my rhyme, of its lumber, And lime,
Great quantities there on the spot,
There's the Railroad Agent, our friend Mr. MEARS,
He's held his position with honor, For years.
The Company like him and cannot, Detect.
Ant flaw in his skill, nor a case of, Neglect.
As a telegraph man he's a veteran, Indeed,
For he chains the lightning messages, Speed,
On errands of mercy all over the land,
And warns of danger, that he sees at, Hand.
There's the Blanchard Creamery, then We are through,
Where tons of choice butter is made,
And they ship far and near, many Carload a year,
Giving Blanchard much treasure and, Trade.
Now I write not for fame,Nor to get a big name,
Right here on the fourth of July,But I wrote up your town,
Just to give you renown,And now I bid you good-by.
 Source: The following was found in an old trunk, that had been handed down to Richard C. Eakins ( and a copy sent to this writer Dec. 16, 1998, regarding the business in Blanchard, IA. in 1892. The original poem, read at the celebration July 4th 1892 Blanchard, Page County, Iowa ...prsjr

3.g. Blanchard, Bank (1890):
Monk & Anderson Brothers established a banking-house at Blanchard in 1881. They commenced on a $6,000 capital, and now [1890] carry a $12,000 cash capital. They do a general banking business. Their corresponding banks are the First National, of Chicago, and the Chase, of New York. The concern has been a great help to Blanchard, and it's proprietors are well liked by the patrons.

3.h. Blanchard, Creamery (1890):
Blanchard has one of the finest creameries in all this part of the State. A stock company was formed of the best business men in the community, and in 1889 a good frame building was erected, just north from the town, and all the latest butter-making machinery put in. It started up Nov 6, 1889, and is now doing a good business at producing a very superior quality of butter from milk delivered within a radius of eight miles. The incorporated name of the concern is the "Blanchard Butter and Cheese Company," which has a capital of $8,500.

3.i. Blanchard, SECULAR SOCIETIES.[1890 Hst.Bk., Pg419]
Emanuel Lodge, No. 405 (Blue Lodge), of the Masonic order, was instituted at
Blanchard in 1880 by the following charter members and officials:
J. A. Funk, W.M;
A. E. Pratt, S.W.;
E. E. Phillips, J.W.;
S. W. Bird;
H. White;
D. A. McDaniels;
J. W. Dewey
At present [1890] the lodge numbers thirty-two members.
The 1890 officers are:
E. L. Kennon, W. M.;
J. A. Funk, S. W.;
H. Scott, J. W.;
T. J. Edmonds, Sec'y;
J. R. Pruitt, Treas.
They meet in the I.O.O.F Hall.

George Jacob Holyoake (18171906), British writer who coined the term 'Secularism' - Click on Thumbnail for Larger Photo!  Secularism is the principle of separation between government institutions and the persons mandated to represent the State from religious institutions and religious dignitaries. In one sense, secularism may assert the right to be free from religious rule and teachings, and the right to freedom from governmental imposition of religion upon the people within a state that is neutral on matters of belief. (See also Separation of church and state and Lacit.) In another sense, it refers to the view that human activities and decisions, especially political ones, should be unbiased by religious influence. Some scholars are now arguing that the very idea of secularism will change.
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3.j. Blanchard, Odd Fellows-State Line Lodge, No. 429, Click on Redball for More Info.<--- [1890 Hst.Bk., Pg419]
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was instituted at Blanchard in 1882, by nine members. The first officers were:
J. A. Funk, N. G.;
E. E. Phillips, V. G.;
John Jeffords, Sec'y;
A. F. Fossett, Treas.
At one time the lodge had a membership of eighty-three, but at present has forty-two.
In 1882 they bought a hall, which they have finely furnished and equipped.
The present officers are:
E. L. Kennon, N. G.;
E. E. Kirby, V. G.;
William Duherst, Sec'y;
A. J. Scott, Treas.

3.k. "Blanchard Encampment," No. 167, Click on Redball for More Info.<--- [1890 Hst.Bk., Pg419]
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was organized in the fall of 1888. There was only one charter member:
the remainder were borrowed from neighboring towns. It now [1890] numbers twenty-five.
J. A. Funk is C. P.;
A. W. Hawley, S. W.;
W. N. Duherst, Scribe, and
Charles Ragan, Treas.

3.l. "Ancient Order of United Workmen", Rising Star Lodge, No. 180 Click on Redball for More Info.<--- [1890 Hst.Bk., Pg419]
Ancient Order of United Workmen - Click on Thumbnail for Larger Photo!  was formed at College Springs in 1878, and afterward removed to Blanchard, about 1881. The charter members numbered twenty persons. When the division arose in the supreme lodge over the yellow fever trouble at the Sonth, this lodge became dissatisfied and withdrew.
The present [1890] officers are:
L. D. Hoag, M. W.;
J. A.. Funk, Fin.;
A. W. Hawley, Sec'y.
They now [1890] meet in Odd Fellows Hall.

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 3.m. "Grand Army of the Republic, (G.A.R.),
 Blanchard Post No. ??, Blanchard, Page County, Iowa Click on Redball for More Info.<--- [1890 Hst.Bk., Pg419]
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 Blanchard post was organized, January 11, 1886, by John Spence, with fifteen charter members.
The first [1886] elective officers were:
 Rank  Name
 # 1. Post Commander:  Thomas Johnstone BAGGS, 43yrs
 b. Mar. 07, 1843 ~ d. Feb. 27, 1920, 76yrs
 bd. Blanchard Cem. (Row 11, Lot 23)
 Pvt., Co., D, 96th Ohio Infantry
  Organized at Camp Delaware, Ohio, and mustered in August 29, 1862. Ordered to Cincinnati, Ohio, September 1, thence to Covington and Newport, Ky., September 3, and duty there during threatened attack on Cincinnati by Kirby Smith. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Army of Kentucky, Dept. of Ohio, to October, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Army of Kentucky, to November, 1862. 1st Brigade, Right Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of the Tennessee, to December, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Sherman's Yazoo Expedition, to January, 1862. 1st Brigade, 10th Division, 13th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to August, 1863. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 13th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee and Army of the Gulf, to March, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 13th Army Corps, to June, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, to December, 1864. U. S. forces, mouth of White River, Reserve Corps, Military Division West Mississippi, to February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Reserve Corps, February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 13th Army Corps, Military Division West Mississippi, to July, 1865.
 # 2. Senior Vice
 Not bd. in Blanchard Cem.?
 No Record Found?
 # 3. Junior Vice
 Capt. William Coulter ROSS, 45yrs
 b. 26 Feb 1830 ~ d. 18 Aug 1908, 78yrs
 bd. Rose Hill Cem., Shenandoah
Click on FAGrave Memorial for More Info. <---See: Find A Grave Memorial# 11610487
 [Created by: Bev, Aug 25, 2005 ]

 Pvt., Co., B, 104th Illinois Infantry
Enlisted on 8/6/1862 as a Private. Mustered in: 27 Aug 1862 Mustered Out: 06 Jun 1865 at Washington, DC 2nd Lieut 12/10/1862 1st Lieut 8/11/1863 Capt. 8/24/1864
 # 4. Quarter Master:  John R. PRNITT,
 Not bd. in Blanchard Cem.?
 # 5. Surgeon:  Jesse N. GEORGE, 48yrs
 b. 13 Apr 1838 - d. 14 Feb 1898, 59yrs
 bd. Blanchard Cem. (Row 11, Lot 23)
 Co. D, 39th Illinois Infantry
 # 6. Chaplain:  P. S. DAVIDSON, 51yrs
 b. 24 Jul 1835 ~ d. 20 Mar 1888, 52yrs
 bd. Blanchard Cem. (Row 16, Lot 38)
  No GAR Marker
 # 7. Officer of the Day:  J. A. FUNK,
 Not bd. in Blanchard Cem.?
 # 8. Adjutant:  Romey D. PERIGO,
 (No Dates)
 bd. Blanchard Cem. (Row 8, Lot 9)
 Cpl., Co. K, 155th Illiniis Infantry
 The present [1890] number enrolled is about twenty. They have a post room and meet the second Tuesday in each month. The present [1890] Offers are:
 Rank  Name
 # 1. Post Commander:  Romey D. PERIGO,
 (No Dates)
 bd. Blanchard Cem. (Row 8, Lot 9)
 Cpl., Co. K, 155th Illiniis Infantry
 # 2. Senior Vice
 William T. BARNHILL, 54yrs
 b. 02 Mar 1836 ~ d. 02 Feb 1916, a79yrs
 bd. Blanchard Cem. (Row 13, Lot 13)
 (No GAR Marker in 1975)
 # 3. Junior Vice
 Not bd. in Blanchard Cem.?
 # 4. Quarter Master:  Thomas Johnstone BAGGS, 43yrs
 b. Mar. 07, 1843 ~ d. Feb. 27, 1920, 76yrs
 bd. Blanchard Cem. (Row 11, Lot 23)
 Co., D, 96th Ohio Infantry
 # 5. Surgeon:  Jesse N. GEORGE, 52yrs
 b. 13 Apr 1838 - d. 14 Feb 1898, 59yrs
 bd. Blanchard Cem. (Row 11, Lot 23)
 Co. D, 39th Illinois Infantry
 # 6. Chaplain:  S. W. MILLER,
 Not bd. in Blanchard Cem.?
 # 7. Officer of the Day:  Morgan B. WILLCOX,
 b. 1842 ~ 1926, 84yrs
 bd. Blanchard Cem. (Row 14, Lot 12)
 14th Penn. Cav
 # 8. Officer of the
 Not bd. in Blanchard Cem.?
 # 9. Adjutant:  Edward J. ORR,
 b. 13 Feb 1842 ~ (no death date)
 bd. Blanchard Cem. (Row 9, Lot 6)
 (No GAR Marker in 1975?)
 GAR "Members", Blanchard Post!
 Rank  Name
 Member  Robert MILLER,
 b. 1838 ~ d. 1932, 94yrs
 bd. Blanchard Cem. (Row 8, Lot 9)
 Sgt., Co., K, 25th Missouri, Infantry

4. FIRST EVENTS. [1890 Hst.Bk.,Pg#417]
The first birth in the township was "James" son of Alexander Montgomery, b. May 04, 186l. He now [1890] lives at Coin.
The first marriage was Oscar McCord to Miss Iker, in 1865.
The first frame school-house was erected in 1861.
The first schoolteacher was Joseph Kempton, who taught in a log school-house, built by James Hayner on section 5, in 1856.
The first religions services were held in 1856, at the cabin of John Gillihan,
by Joseph Kempton had tbe honor of being the first school-teacher in these parts.
He taught in the first log school-house, built by J. Gillihan, one mile southeast of present Coin.
At the first term of school there were twelve pupils in attendance. James McVey, who was a Christian minister.
The first female child born within the township was Onie, d/o of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Montgomery.
Mrs. Montgomery also wove the first cloth in her township.

5. SCHOOLS. [REF:Schools]
From the first, Blanchard has been noted for her excellent schools. The first term was taught by E. E. Benedict, commencing Sep 20, 1880. This term was held in what was known as the "Milwaukee Beer Parlor," which building was erected for saloon purposes, but the agitation of the Prohibitory question and the high moral sentiment of the community would not long tolerate and support a beer saloon. [1890 Hst.Bk., Pg418]

Other buildings were leased for schools, but in 1881 the present [1890] fine two-story brick structure was built, at an expense of $9,000. It was erected by contractor Alexander Searcy. It is 41 x 60 feet, divided into three departments. The directors serving when it was built were: T. F. Willis, O. O. Hayes and Dr. Bechtol. The present [1890] School Board are:
J. A. Funk, J. Bean, A. W. Hawley. The present [1890] enrollment is 109 pupils, per [1890 Hst.Bk., Pg416]

Blanchard, High School, Page Co., Iowa
(On Main St. between 3rd & 4th Streets, has long been destroyed, now a vacant lot!)
Blanchard, High School, Page Co., Iowa  - Click on Thumbnail for larger Photo!   Blanchard, High School, Page Co., Iowa  - Click on Thumbnail for larger Photo!   Blanchard, High School, Page Co., Iowa  - Click on Thumbnail for larger Photo!   Blanchard, High School, 'Teachers' age Co., Iowa  - Click on Thumbnail for larger Photo!  
 Chain of Custody of Photo(s): These Photo's came from the personal collection of Joyce Hacault, Click on RedBall for More Info. on this Source <---E-Mail:, givin to this writer Sat, November 5, 2011

6. CHURCHES [REF:Churches]
Blanchard, Methodist Episcopal Church, by Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. Dated: August 22th 1955  - Click on Thumbnail for larger Map!   The Methodist Episcopal Church was organized here by a small class in 1881. A frame chapel was built the next season. It was 38 x 50 feet, and cost the society $2,600. On July 13, 1883, it was blown to pieces by a terrible cyclone, which swept over this part of Iowa. The church, however, was re-built on the same foundation, and still serves the purpose. The last building cost $2,200. It seats 300 people.
The present [1890] membership of the society is 200. The average attendance in Sunday-school is 125.
The present [1890] Superintendent is C. G. Anderson.
The pastors who have served at Blanchard are: Revs. Conrad, Bishop, Moore, Rawls, Brewer, Waynick and Wright.
The church built a parsonage in 1885, at a cost of $1,000.

The United Presbyterian Church was organized at Blanchard in 1880 by twelve members. The same year a church edifice was erected at a cost of $2,000. It is a frame bouse 30 x 48 feet, which seats 250 people. The first edifice was wrecked by a severe storm and rebuilt. A flourishing Sunday-school of thirty members is superintended. by John Gibson.
The present [1890] membership is thirty-two. [32] At one time in numbered seventy. [70]
The present [1890] officers are:
John Monzingo, Elder; <---My Uncle
J. W. Gibson, Elder;
J. Adair, Deacon;
Francis McKee, Deacon;
Alexander DUNCAN, Deacon. <---My GrandFather!
The pastors have been:
Rev. R. M. Sherrard,
Rev. J. M. Henderson,
Rev. Thompson,
Rev. David Inches,
Rev. BROWNLEE,<---My Cousin!
Rev. Richie,
Rev. McNab.

7. CEMETERY [REF:Cemeteries]

 Chapter 03. Blanchard Cemetery, (Colfax Twp.) Iowa
 This cemetery for the town of Blanchard is located, just East in Section 28, and 33 of Colfax Township. Page County. It was copied first on September 23, 1975, by Barbara Hartman, Helen Hartman, Lois Miller, Phyllis Combs, Mildred Leek, Lenore Miller, Elizabeth McCalla, and Rae Kelley.
 Re-checked on October 26, 1975, by Betty and Henry Ankeny (dec'd)
 Reviewed July 1985 & Checked in August 1985 by
 Mrs. Elise (Wilson) ANNAN and  Mrs. M. Lucille (Wilson) SARRETT, (both dec'd)
Re-Checked May 23, 1985, by Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. and Corrected/added with ( ) comments from various Obit's.
 This Cemetery was read ROWS East to West, LOTS North to South.
5,000ft Vicinity Map by: Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. Dec 7th, 2010 - Click on Thumbnail for larger Map!   1,000ft Vicinity Map by: Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. Dec 7th, 2010 - Click on Thumbnail for larger Map!   500ft Vicinity Map by: Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. Dec 7th, 2010 - Click on Thumbnail for larger Map!   Street View by: Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. Dec 7th, 2010 - Click on Thumbnail for larger Map!  
Blanchard Cemetery, Entrance Photo 1950 - Click on Thumbnail for larger Photo Blanchard Cemetery, FAGrave Entrance Photo, by: Donna Londeen, 6/20/2008  - Click on Thumbnail for larger Photo Blanchard Cemetery, FAGrave Entrance Photo, by: M Frazier, 9/29/2008  - Click on Thumbnail for larger Photo
Click on RedBall for More Info. on this Source<--- (See: FOPC© Blanchard, Cemetery Internments) [Created by: Paul R. Sarrett, Jr., Dec 01, 1996]
Click on RedBall to goto Site<--- Find A GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 40.58000N, Longitude: -95.20310W
Click on RedBall to goto Driving Directions<--- GPS Map Coordinates:  Latitude: 40.58476N, Longitude: -95.20340W
Click on RedBall to goto Map of Driving Directions<--- Driving directions from Clarinda, IA. to Blanchard Cemetery  33 mins; US-71 South and 310 St/310th St. ~ 20.5 miles
 Some Headstone Photos from personal collection of Ruth Moss,  E-Mail: Click on RedBall for more Info.<---
 Date: 29 Apr 2002 4:42:20 PM Pacific Daylight Time

8. Patrons of Page Co., Northwest Plat Book - 1902 [REF:#1902 Plat Bk.]
See: FOPC© Page Co., IA. 1902 Maps!

9. Patrons of Page Co., Northwest Plat Book - 1930 [REF:#1930 Plat Bk.]
See: FOPC© Page Co., IA. 1930 Maps!

Got to FOPC© Index
Go to FOPC© Families Index Goto Friends of Page Co.© Homepage Family Source & Reference Notes
Page Co. Townships

Mrs. Vera B. (Duncan) WILSON, 1896-1988, age92yrs - Click on Thumbnail for larger Photo! These records are part of the "Genealogy Computer Package" *** PC-PROFILE *** Volume - II. DUNCAN & Related Families© Compiled and self Published in Oct. 14, 1993 by Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. with the assistance of my late mother Mrs. M. Lucille (WILSON) SARRETT. (1917-1987, age age 70yrs) & My Grandmother: Mrs. Vera B. (DUNCAN) WILSON (1896-1988, age 92yrs) The "Work-Books" were compiled by listing the various families, born, married, died, and a history of that family branch. In 1996 I started "Up-Loading" this material on the now called Friends of Page Co., site...prs
Would like any corrections of additions on thes Families!

Click on Mail Box to send me E-Mail at:   E-Mail: Paul R. Sarrett, Jr., Auburn, CA.
 Friends of Page County, President
Text - Copyright © 1996-2011 Paul R. Sarrett, Jr.
Created: Dec. 01, 1996; Nov. 15, 2000;  Sep. 25, 2002;  Oct. 26, 2004;  Sep. 05, 2007;  Apr. 02, 2008;  Sep. 10, 2011;