14.  CARROLL COUNTY, IOWA

 

Section I: History and Geography

 

History

 

From 1837-1851 Carroll county was part of Benton, which then included all the territory between it’s northern and southern lines extending to the Missouri River.  In 1851 Carroll County was established and attached to Polk, and two years later attached to Shelby.  The settlement of the county had not yet begun and was still home to Indians. 

 

The first settlement was in Glidden Township in 1854.  In 1855 the county was attached to Guthrie County.  Carroll County was organized January 1, 1856.  Carroll County was named after Charles Carroll of Carrollton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

 

Boundaries

 

Carroll County is located in west central Iowa.  It is surrounded by the following counties: West – Crawford Co.; NW – Sac Co.; NE – Calhoun Co.; East – Greene Co.; and SE – Guthrie Co.; SW Audubon Co.

 

Current towns and communities (Zip codes given for towns having a Post Office)

 

Town/Community        Township                                                            Population

                                                                                                1890           1990          

 

Arcadia  51430              Arcadia                                                   463             485

Breda  51436                 Wheatland                                               256             467

Carroll  51401                Maple River                                           2,448          9,579

Coon Rapids  50058       Union                                                        73          1,226

Dedham  51440             Newton                                                    273             264

Glidden  51443              Glidden                                                   532          1,099

Halbur  51444                Roselle                                                     80             215

Lanesboro  51451          Jasper                                                                       182

Lidderdale  51452           Sheridan                                                                    202

Manning  51455             Ewoldt                                                  1,233          1,484

Maple River Jct              Carroll                                                       75

Mount Carmel                Kniest                                                       50

Ralston                         Glidden & Green Co.                                                  119

Roselle                         Roselle                                                     90

Templeton  51463          Eden                                                       269             321

Willey                           Pleasant Valley                                                           78

 

Abandoned towns

 

Town                           Township                                 Town                           Township

 


 

Benan                           Jasper  & Glidden  ????

Browning                       Sheridan

Carrolltown                    Pleasant Valley

Coplin’s Grove               Pleasant Valley & Newton

Divide                            Wheatland

Elba                              Eden

Gustin Grove                 Pleasant Valley

Hillsdale                        Roselle

Jasper                           Jasper

Kentner                         Sheridan

Macke/Macks                Pleasant Valley

Nile’s Grove                   Union

Slater’s Crossing           became Ralston

Tip Top                          became Arcada


 

 

 

Section II: Resource Centers

 

Courthouse

 

·         [CCCH] Carroll County Courthouse, Carroll  51401

Located at Hwy 30 & Main Street

 

Genealogical Society

 

·         [CCGS] Carroll County Genealogical Society

Box 21

Carroll  51401

 

Historical Societies

 

·         [CCHS] Carroll County Historical Society and Museum

 

Libraries with Genealogical or Historical Collections

 

·         [GPL] Glidden Public Library  houses the material of the Carroll County Genealogical Society

108 Idaho St.

Glidden, Iowa

·         [CPL] Carroll Public Library 

E. 5th and Court Ave.

Carroll, Iowa

·        [IGSL] Iowa Genealogical Society Library

628 East Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50309

·        [ISHL] Iowa State Historical Library

600 East Locust Street

Des Moines, IA 50309

 

Museums, Historic Sites and Visitor Centers

 

·         [CCHSM] Carroll County Historical Society and Museum

East 6th and Court Avenue, Carroll, Iowa 51401

 

 

Section III: Records – records may be found at the record sites abbreviated after each entry.  See Section II for complete record site information.


Census

 

·         Federal:   1850, 1954, 1956, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 microfilm    [IGSL]; [ISHL] 1880 [CCCH]

·         Federal Index:  1850, 1860, 1880, 1900, 1920; [IGSL] , [ISHL]

·         State:  1885, 1895, 1915, 1925; [IGSL], 1885, 1895 [CCCH]; 

 

Vital Records

 

·         Births: from 1880, originals [CCCH]; 1880-1935 microfilm [IGSL], [ISHL]1880-1953 [CCGS]

·         Delayed Birth Certificates, microfilm; [ISHL], index, microfiche; [ISHL]

·         Deaths:  from 1880, originals; [CCCH]; 1880-1907; 1921-1935 microfilm, [IGSL], [ISHL] 1889-1908, 1921-1941, 1941-1966 [CCGS]

·         Marriages:  from 1868, originals; [CCCH]; 1855-1887; 1903-1927; microfilm; [IGSL], [ISHL]1868-1971 [CCGS]

 

Probate and related records

 

·         Originals; [CCCH] county clerk’s office

·         Probated records 1858-1925 microfilm; [ISHL]

·         Wills 1856-1937 microfilm; [ISHL]

·         Winter: Wills Prior to 1900 V. 1, (1953): [IGSL]

 

Land and related records

 

·         From 1855, originals; [CCCH]  county recorder’s office

·         Real estate transfers  1894-1918 microfilm; [ISHL]

 

Maps, atlases and gazetteers

 

·         Area maps; [CCGS],

·         Andreas: Historical Atlas of Iowa (1875): [ISHL]

·         Atlas of Carroll Co, 1906; [IGSL]; 1906, 1923 microfilm [ISHL]

 

Court records

 

·         Court records ; [CCCH]

·         Naturalizations from 1873; [CCCH], 1873-1884, 1888-1943 microfilm; [ISHL]

·         Civil Court from 1871; [CCCH]

·         Divorces from 1823, originals; [CCCH]; 1907-1912; 1923-1986 microfilm [IGSL] [ISHL]  

 

Cemetery

 

·         Works Progress Administration (WPA) Grave registrations; [IGSL] [ISHL]

·         Area cemetery records;  [CCGS], [CPL]

 

Funeral homes

 

·         Breda:

-          Sharp Funeral Home

102 S. 5th, Breda, Iowa  51436

·        Carroll:

-          Sharp Funeral Home

226 W 8th Street, Carroll, Iowa 51401

-          Twit Funeral Home

503 E. 1st Street, Carroll, Iowa 51401

-          Dahn & Woodhouse Funeral Home

705 N. Carroll Street, Carroll, Iowa 51401

·         Glidden:

-          Dahn & Woodhouse Funeral Home

Glidden, Iowa  51443

·         Manning:

-          Ohde Funeral Home

108 1st Street, Manning, Iowa 51455

 

Church, Bible

 

·         Harris: Marriage and Death Records of United Presbyterian Church of Glidden, Iowa, [ISHL]

·         Miscellaneous church records;  [CCGS],

 

Military

 

·         Miscellaneous military records  [CCGS], [CPL], [CCCH]

·         Index to the Roster of Iowa Soldiers [IGSL] [ISHL]

·          World War I draft registration cards [IGSL]

 

Newspapers:

  Some years my not be covered in the date ranges below.

·         Breda

-          Breda News  (1909-1911), [ISHL]

·         Carroll

-          Carroll News/Carroll Times (1906-2002), [ISHL], (1870+) [CPL]

-          Der Carroll Demokrat  (1874-1910), [ISHL]

·         Coon Rapids

-          Coon Rapids Enterprise, (1883-1996), [ISHL]

·         Glidden

-          Glidden Graphic (1898-1944), [ISHL]

·         Manning

-          Manning Mirror, (1881-1999), [ISHL]

·         Assorted papers:   [CCGS], [CPL], [CCHSM]

 

 

Educational, business and other:

 

·         Miscellaneous records: [CCGS]

 

Miscellaneous records

 

 

County & Local Histories

 

·         Biographical and Historical Record of Greene and Carroll Counties, Iowa  (1887): [IGSL]

·         Carroll County Genealogical Society: Biographical and Historical Record of Greene and Carroll Counties, Iowa (19--  reprint of Carroll County part of the 1887 work): [CCGS]

·         MacLean: History of Carroll Co., Iowa, 2 vols (1912):  [IGSL]

·         Laws of Iowa Business Manual, and Local History, (1894): [IGSL]

·         Kerwin: Word Pictures of Early Carroll County, (1982): [ISHL]

·         Coon Rapids Centennial 100 Years Proud 1863-1963: [IGSL]

·         A Century of Memories Templeton, Iowa  1882-1982: [IGSL]

·         Farm Directories 1961, 1970: [IGSL]

 

Publications

 

·         Iowa Genealogical Society: Hawkeye Heritage articles through 1993,  [IGSL] (Entries indicate year, issue no and page no)

-          Births 1880 (1980), 2:63

-          First Book Deaths 1880-1881 (1980), 2:67

-          Marriage and Death Records, Glidden United Presbyterian Church (1982), 4:173

-          Marriage Record 1 1880-1881  (1980), 2:64

-          Marriage Records 1854-1874  (1981), 3:118

·         The following Carroll County Publications are for sale through the Iowa Genealogical Society.  See the Iowa Genealogical Society webpage for a detailed listing and availability.

-          Cemetery records, available by townships and some individual cemeteries, also master index

-          Census transcripts: 1880

-          Index to Carroll County part of 1887 Biographical and Historical Record of Greene and Carroll Counties, Iowa 

-          Marriage records, 1854-1899

-          Newspaper index

-          Obituaries

 

 

 

Section IV: Credits

 

We wish to acknowledge the contributions made by members of the Carroll County Genealogical Society, the Carroll County Historical Society and Museum, the Carroll County Courthouse, the Iowa State Historical Society and volunteers at the Iowa Genealogical Society in providing data contained in this research guide.  Their efforts have been of immeasurable help in gathering this information.