History of Floyd Township, Woodbury County, IA
From: History of the Counties of Woodbury and Plymouth, Iowa
A Warner & Co., Publishers
Chicago Illinois, 1890-91

Floyd Township was created April 5, 1871, by supervisors' order, as follows: "That the west half of township eighty eight, of range forty five, and all of township eighty eight, of range forty six be and the same is hereby detached from the townships to which the same know belong, and formed into a new township, to be called Floyd township." Originally, as seen by the above, it consisted of one and a half congressional townships, but one third was afterward taken from Floyd, which left it as it now is, one complete congressional township, with bounds as follows: On the north by Concord and Banner, on the south by Grange, on the east by Moville and on the west by Woodbury townships.

Floyd is one of the best sections of Woodbury, it having a diversified surface. It has much of the rich bottom land and considerable of the bluff or upland formation. The soil is inconceivably rich, and it is well watered. Elliott's creek, the Big Whiskey and minor branches traverse the township at all points. It is a strictly agricultural section, there being only one extremely small store on section four, at what is known as Crawford's postoffice on the stage route from Sioux City to Moville. There is no church, no tavern, no mill, no physician, but splendid farms and ranches.

The first settlers of Floyd were Alexander Elliott, William Elliott, John Law, Jacob Amick, George Anderson, Jerome Jones, William Lee, and one or two others. Alexander Elliott built the first house, which was the only one between Sioux City and the settlement in Little Sioux township, Smithland. The road between the two points named, runs through Floyd township, and the old stage line is still kept up, making three round trips per week. The principal products here, as generally in Woodbury, are corn, cattle, hogs, with the exception in Floyd, that sheep is added to the list. Alexander Elliott has a ranch upon which he raises a great number of sheep, keeping usually from 1,500 to 2,000 head. He sells from $3,000 to $5.000 worth of wool. He also deals largely in cattle and horses, and raises some fine stock. His ranch comprises a tract of land about 2,000 acres, highly improved and with all modern appliances for the proper operating of his large business.

The Chicago & Northwestern's proposed extension of their branch line which now terminates at Moville, runs to Floyd, but the railroad, through a policy that is difficult to understand, unless it be to create a longer haul to Chicago than a shorter one to the Sioux City markets, and thereby get the benefit of the same, has delayed the construction of the gap, which is only about twenty miles.

During the great grasshopper raid, Floyd suffered greatly from those pests. Every green thing, or any other color of vegetable life, except the trunks of trees and their larger limbs, fell a prey to the devourers. Great masses dropped into fields and gardens. Garden products were tried to be saved by digging ditches around them, which had some effect upon the little beast, but the ditches only kept out the young ones. A gentleman who has somewhat studied the habits and instincts of the 'hopper, says they have an irresistible instinct to fly or hop in a southeasterly direction, and they will brave all obstacles to go in that direction. They are hatched in the British possessions, and why these subjects of good Queen Vic desire to invade us, is past understanding. And when they have flown, or are blown, or hop as far to the southeast as the season will permit, the instinct of direction is reversed; they want to get back home as badly as they wanted to get away from there at first. They and their habits, instincts and appetite are a sealed book to us. What they are just exactly made for is beyond the ken of man, but they might with just as much grace, ask the same question of their questioner.

A sad occurrence was the death of one of the old settlers and his son, a few years ago. In 1874 William Lee and a son about eleven or twelve years of age, went out for some wood during a very cold spell, and a heavy snowstorm coming on they were frozen to death. They were not found until the next day, their friends having become alarmed and going in search of them. About three years ago another man, named William Parker, was also frozen in a heavy storm.


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