1935 Map

1911 History


~1935 Map contributed by Chad Lape

An Illustrated History of the Counties of Rock and Pipestone, Minnesota
By Arthur P. Rose, 1911

Chapter III
County and Township Organization, 1870-1878


The third township to begin local government in Rock county was Beaver Creek.  There was quite a large immigration to this part of the county in 1872, including a colony from Wisconsin, and in the month of August of that year the settlers gathered in Eli Grout’s  sod shanty to select a name and prepare a petition for the organization of a township. There was quite a contest over the selection of the name, and many were proposed.  James Comar proposed the name of Beaver Creek, in honor of the stream which flows through the township, and that was selected, a name which seemed to give entire satisfaction.  The petition was presented and on September 10, 1872, the board of county commissioners authorized its organization, with the boundaries it has ever since held. On September 16, the commissioners named the following officers to conduct the first town meeting:  E. T. Sheldon, chairman; C. R. Henton and A. H. Grant, supervisors; Eli Grout, clerk.  It is said that at the time of organization there was not a frame house in the township, all living in sod shanties or covered wagons.

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