~1935 Map contributed by Chad Lape
An Illustrated History of the Counties of Rock and Pipestone, Minnesota
By Arthur P. Rose, 1911
County and Township Organization, 1870-1878
The petition for the organization of Rose Dell township was presented by W. T. Vickerman and others, and the township was declared created by the county board August 17, 1877. Mr. Vickerman suggested the name, giving it in honor of a rocky gorge, filled in the summer months with beautiful wild roses. The gorge is situated on section 25, of the fraction, a few rods west of Mr. Vickerman’s pioneer home. The meeting to organize and select the first officers was held at the home of William T. Vickerman on September 4, 1877.