Silver Creek Township

From the 1882 & 1907 Pottawattamie County Histories

This township was first settled by the Mormon emigrants, who were connected with the Nauvoo (Illinois) exodus. They made some claims in the township before the lands came into market, and remaining a single season, either sold their claims or abandoned them to the settlers who came later.

When the township was cut off from Kane, Silver Creek and Keg Creek Townships were one election precinct, and the elections were held alternately between each. There were hardly enough voters to fill the necessary offices. Jason Parker was the first Justice of the Peace.

Township officers in 1882 were: J. W. Anderson, James Summers and Mr. Brauchman, trustees; S. H. Gregory, clerk, and Isaac Hoopes, assessor.

In 1907 they were: Perry Kearney, Julius Strohbehn and J. G. Moss, trustees; F. W. Ouren, clerk; Jurgen Jensen and Henry Parker, justices of the peace; C. E. Springer, assessor.


  • Settlers: Pleasant Taylor, a native of Tenn; Mr. Gardner; Issac Moore; John Bratten; The McHanna brothers; Ole Lawson & Henry Ouren (1866); Malcolm McKenzie (1867); John Anderson
  • Stage line: Mr. Gardner. It was between Wheeler’s Grove and Council Bluffs. He sold to Issac Moore and in 1854, Moore sold to John Bratten. A post office was also kept at the station, but this was discontinued in 1854.
  • School: 1857: Held at the Station. 1861: a frame building was erected.
  • Teacher: Miss Maggie Weirich
  • Marriage: 1860 — between George E. Smith & Mrs. Clarissa Wheeling
  • Birth: 1855 — William Wells, the son of Thomas Wells.
  • Death: 1857 — Mrs. Margaret Piles, in August 1857. (an infant of hers died in July of the same year)
  • Church: 1860 — Protestant Methodist church
  • Businesses: Treynor Savings Bank, two general stores, one furniture and implement house, one drug store, one livery barn and two saloons.
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