History Washington Township, Iowa County,
From: History of Iowa County, Iowa And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. Chiago 1915
One of the first settlers in Washington Township was George Titler. He came from Seneca County, O. In the spring
of 1849 he entered 600 acres of land, half in Benton and half in Iowa County. Some of his land was in section 17,
some in 12 and 13. In the year 1853 he removed to this township with his wife and four children. One son, however,
came with him in 1849 and remained on the farm. This was Benjamin, and he was probably the first permanent settler
in the township. Mr. Titler constructed the first frame dwelling in the township; building it about the year 1853.
There were several houses here then, which had been up for about five years, but they were all built with hewn
logs. George Titler died in 1877, and Benjamin in 1853.
The first entry was made by William Justice on July 10, 1846. Following him came Lewis F. Wilson, December 23, 1846; Ransom Mason, January 27, 1847; Daniel A. Peck, July 11, 7848; George Titler, April 9, 1849; John R. Ross, January 22, 1849.
For many years the land now included in the Township of Washington was a part of Marengo Township. The separation
occurred in 1861, and at the first election the following officers were chosen: George Titier, Martin Byers, Jerome
Halleck, trustees; E. B. Hendershott, township clerk; I. D. Titler, assessor. The first meeting of the board of
trustees was at the Mason Schoolhouse.
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