History Fillmore Township, Iowa County, IA
From: History of Iowa County, Iowa And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. Chiago 1915

FILLMORE TOWNSHIP

ORGANIZATION

The township was named in honor of Millard Fillmore, the President of the United States at the time of the organization of the township.

The township was officially organized in the month of April, 1852, and the boundaries fixed to correspond with those of congressional township 78 north, range to west.

The names of the first officers are doubtful, due to the obscurity of the early records of the county. Chancey Clothier was elected justice of the pence at the first election, which was held on the first Monday of April, 1852. At the same election Matthew Hall was elected clerk; John Davis, Foriand Gowey and Curtis Sears, trustees. The trustees were qualified before Matthew Hall at Clothier's house on April 20, 1852. Hall and Clothier had been qualified the day previous. There is no record of the election of constables until 1857, when the names of L. D. Little and E. C. Bratton appear. Duey Welsh was elected assessor in 1858. John Burk was the first road supervisor. There were just fifteen votes cast in the 1852 election.

SETTLEMENT

Up until the year 1843 the Indians were probably the only settlers in the territory now embraced in Fillmore Township. These red men had their camps along the streams and in the forests, hunted and trapped, borrowed and stole from the white men, and generally made themselves obnoxious. They numbered 400 or 50o at different times in this locality.

William Popham came from Indiana in 1855 and located on section 12. Patrick Ryan, a native of Ireland, also located here at an early date. Chancey Clothier came from New England in 1849 and took a claim in the south part of the township, but removed to Kansas in 1870. Abraham Hall was another settler. John Phillips came from Illinois in 1855 and settled on section 13. Nicholas Carey came from Ohio in 1847 and settled on section 1; Matthew Gray came from Ireland in 185o, locating on section I ; Matthew Newcomb, of New York, came about 1852 and settled on section 2. D. Callan, Thomas Callan, Ed Carney and many others came early. Most of the settlers were of Irish extraction and were very worthy citizens of the county.

The first nursery in the township was planted by Hermon Berry in the spring of 1858. Nearly all the orchards in Fillmore Township were set from these trees.

LYTLE CITY

This little village, not extinct, was laid out June 23, 1857, by Robert B. Lytle, on the southwest quarter of the northeast fractional quarter and the northwest fractional quarter of the northeast quarter of section 1, township 78, range 10. It covered an area of about one hundred and sixty acres. In 1880, just a few years before its demise, the town contained, a general store kept by Grimes and Kelly; a postoffice with J. M. Kelly, postmaster; a hotel operated by Mrs Julia Dunn; Welsh and Jennis, physicians; blacksmith shop run by Mike Dwyre; James Kimey's wagon shop; and a school taught by Katie Flanagan. The building of the railroad through the county from north to south, and which passed two miles west of Lytle City, forever doomed this little town. The people moved over to Parnell, newly established in 1884, and Lytle City completely disappeared.

FREMONT

This was an imaginative town located by F. Gowey on September 26, 1857, on the northwest corner of the northeast quarter of the southeast quarter of section 23, township 78, range 10. It was laid out, platted and recorded, but no one ever lived there. There was another place called Hinkletown in the extreme south part of the township, but the presence of a store kept by Frank Lytle and a brick kiln by W. Watkins was the nearest it ever got to being a town.


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