65. MILLS COUNTY, IOWA

 

Section I: History and Geography


History

 

Mills County was established in 1851 from Pottawattamie County.  The county was named after Frederick Mills, a young officer from Burlington, Iowa who was killed in the Mexican War in the Battle of Cherubusco.

 

The county is located in southwest Iowa along the Missouri River and in the heart of the Loess Hills.  The earliest settlement was by the Mormons in 1846.  It was named Rushville and is located near present day Glenwood.

 

Boundaries

 

Mills County is located on the Missouri River in southwestern Iowa.  It is bounded as follows: West: Cass and Sarpy Counties, Nebraska; North: Pottawattamie Co., East: Montgomery Co.; SE: Page Co., and South: Freemont Co.

 

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

 

Town/Community        Township                                             Population

1890                                  1990

 

Emerson 51533             Indian Creek                                            404                   476

Glenwood 51534            Glenwood                                             1,890                4,960

Hastings 51540              Indian Creek                                            322                   187

Henderson 51541           Anderson                                                 201                   206

Malvern 51551               Silver Creek                                          1,003                1,210

Mineola 51554               Oak                                                        300                       

Pacific Junction 51561    Plattville                                                  744                   548

Silver City 51571            Ingraham                                                 324                   252



 

Abandoned towns

 

Town                           Township                                 Town                           Township

Alps                              Lyons                                       Jewel                            Silver Creek

Ashleigh                        unknown                                   Lewis City                     became Mineola

Balfour                          Center                                       Louden                          Center

Benton                          Anderson                                  Milton Station                became Malvern

Bethlehem                     Plattville                                    Mt. Olive                       Center

Boxelder                       Anderson                                  Pacific City                    Plattville

California City                Plattville                                    Plattville                        Plattville

Cerro Gordo                   St. Marys                                  Potter                           Anderson

Coonville                       Glenwood                                  Rushville                       Lyons  

Egypt                            Lyons                                       St. Marys                      St. Marys

Etta                              Anderson                                  Sharpsburg                    Plattville

Fayette                         Center                                       Strahan                         White Cloud

Florence                        Plattville                                    Solomon                       Deer Creek       

Folsom                         Oak                                          Tubbsville                      unknown

Harmony                       Indian Creek                              Turner                           Deer Creek

Haynie                          Lyons                                       Wahaghbonsey              Rawles

Henton                          Oak                                          Walnut Grove                 unknown

Hillsdale                        Center                                       Ward                            Ingraham

Indian Creek                  Indian Creek                              Weston                         Indian Creek

Ingraham                       Ingraham

 

Section II: Resource Centers

 

Courthouse:

 

·         [MCCH] Mills County Court House

Glenwood, Iowa 51534

 

Genealogical Society

 

·         [MCGS] Mills County Genealogical Society

c/o Glenwood Public Library, 109 North Vine Street

Glenwood, Iowa 51534

 

Historical Societies

 

·         [MCHS] Mills County Historical Society

406 Third Street

Glenwood, Iowa 51534

 

Libraries with Genealogical or Historical Collections

 

·         [EPL] Emerson Public Library

410 Manchester Street

Emerson, Iowa 51553

·         [GPL] Glenwood Public Library

109 N. Vine Street

Glenwood, Iowa 41434

·         [MPL] Malvern Public Library

502 Main Street

Malvern, Iowa 51551

·         [SCL] Silver City Library

408 Main Street

Silver City, Iowa 51571

·         [FHL] LDS Family History Center

Vine and Sharp Street

Glenwood, Iowa 51534

·         [IGSL] Iowa Genealogical Society Library

628 East Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50309

·         [ISHL] Iowa State Historical Library

600 East Locust Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50309

 


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, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, microfilm: [IGSL] , [ISHL]

·         Federal Indices: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1920: [IGSL] , [ISHL]

·         State: 1885, 1895, 1910, 1915, 1925: [IGSL] , [ISHL]

 

Vital Records

 

·         Births: from 1880, originals: [MCCH]; 1880-1940, microfilm: [IGSL], [ISHL], [FHL]

·         Boileau: Mills Co. Register of Births, 1880-1919, (1982): [IGSL]

·         Marriages: from 1880, originals: [MCCH]; 1852-1925, microfilm: [IGSL], [ISHL]

·         Mills Co. Marriage records, 1851-1857, 1880-1885, transcript: [IGSL]

·         McDonald: Mills County, Iowa Marriages 1880-1885, (1975): [ISHL], [FHL], [GPL]

·         Deaths: from 1880, originals: [MCCH]; 1880-1919, microfilm: [IGSL], [ISHL], [FHL]

·         Mills Co. Deaths, 1880-1919, transcript: [IGSL], [GPL]

 

Probate and related records

 

·         Probate records, (from1852), originals: [MCCH]

·         Probate bond record book, (1913-1919), microfilm: [IGSL]

·         Probate calendar, (1878-1909), microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Probate index, (from 1854), microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Wills, (1858-1877, 1884-1933), microfilm: [ISHL]

 

Land and related records

 

·         Land records, (from1853), originals: [MCCH]

·         Property transfers, (1866-1949), microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Town lot transfers, (1867-1899), microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Deeds index, (1857-1904), microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Land Deeds, (1851-1909), microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Town lot deeds, (1852-1906), microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Homestead records, (1850-1970), microfilm: [ISHL]

 

Maps, atlases and gazetteers

 

·         Mills County Patrons from Andreas Atlas, 1875: [IGSL]

·         Greater Omaha Gen. Soc.: Index to the 1913 Atlas of Mills and Pottawattamie Cos. (c1989): [IGSL]

·         Atlas of Mills County, Iowa (1921): [GPL]

·         Rockford Map Publishers: Atlas Directory, Mills County, Iowa, (1971): [FHL]

 

Court records

 

·         Court records, (from 1888), originals: [MCCH]

·         Divorce records, (from 1880), originals: [MCCH]

·         Bonds and oaths, (1876-1892), microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Bonds for guardians, (1873-1875), microfilm: [ISHL]

·         Administrators, executors and guardians (1905-1935): [ISHL]

·         Court Docket, (1869-1889), microfilm: [ISHL]

 

Cemetery

 

·         Mills Co. Gen. Soc.: Mills County Cemeteries and Index, n.d.: [IGSL], [GPL]

·         Emerson and North Grove Cemeteries: [IGSL]

·         Works Progress Administration: Mills County grave registration, (c1938): [IGSL], [ISHL], microfilm: [ISHL], [FHL]

·         Cemetery lots, (1926-1970): [MCCH]; microfilm: [ISHL], [GPL]

·         Fremont and Mills County Cemeteries (1865-1988), microfilm: [FHL]

·         Clarinda Publishing Co.: Mills County, Iowa Cemeteries, (1982): [ISHL]

·         Yambar: Martin’s Chapel Cemetery, Platteville Township, n.d.: [ISHL]

 

Funeral homes (Current)

 

·         Glenwood

·         Hardeman-Raynor

112 North Vine Street, Glenwood, Iowa 51534

·         Peterson Mortuary

212 South Locust Street, Glenwood, Iowa 51534

·         Malvern

·         Mansfield Hertz Funeral Home

208 East 4th Street, Malvern, Iowa 51551

 

Church, Bible

 

·         Wesley Chapel Centennial, (1956): [ISHL]

 

Military

 

·         Glenwood Opinion: Mills Co. Men who have answered their country’s call: (c1920): [IGSL], [ISHL]

·         Military discharge records, (1865-1904), microfilm: [ISHL]

 

Newspapers: 

 

·         Area newspapers: [GPL]

Newspapers from the following towns are on microfilm:

·         Emerson

·         Mills County Chronicle, (1879): [ISHL]

·         The Emerson Chronicle, (1890): [ISHL]

·         Emersonian, (1963-64): [ISHL]

·         Glenwood

·         Glenwood Opinion, (1876, 1897-1927): [ISHL]

·         Mills County Journal, (1879, 1893-1896): [ISHL]

·         Mills County Tribune, (1893-1922): [ISHL]

·         Glenwood Opinion Tribune, (1927-1971): [ISHL]

·         Opinion Tribune, (1971-1997): [ISHL]

·         Malvern

·         Malvern Leader, (1896, 1922-1997): [ISHL]

·         Pacific Junction

·         The Pacific Junction Gazzette, (1882): [ISHL]

 

Miscellaneous

 

·         First Landowners, Mills County, Iowa: [IGSL]

·         Orphan’s Home in Glenwood, 1870: [IGSL]

·         Mills County Genealogical Society Newsletter: [IGSL]

·         Byers: The Byers Family History … …Early Day History of Glenwood, (1978): [ISHL]

·         Wearin: A Century on an Iowa Farm, 1854-1959, n.d.: [ISHL]

 

County & Local Histories:

 

·         State Historical Co.: History of Mills Co., Iowa, (1881): [FHL]

·         Index to the 1881 History of Mills Co., Iowa, [FHL]

·         Lewis Pub. Co.: History of Fremont and Mills Counties, (1901): [ISHL]

·         Mills Co. History Book Committee: History of Mills County, (1985): [IGSL], [ISHL], [FHL], [GPL]

·         Centennial History of Henderson, Iowa, 1881-1981, (1981): [IGSL], [ISHL]

·         History of Emerson, Iowa: [IGSL]

·         Todd: Early settlement and growth of western Iowa: [IGSL]

·         Wearin: The story of a court house 1857-1957, (1957): [IGSL], [ISHL]

·         Wortman: Ghost Towns of Mills County, (1975): [ISHL]

·         Malvern Centennial Committee: Malvern, Iowa Centennial 1869-1969, [ISHL], [IGSL]

 

Publications

 

·         Iowa Genealogical Society: Hawkeye Heritage articles through 1993, [IGSL]  (Entries indicate year, issue number and page number.)

·         1870 Residents of the Iowa Orphan Asylum (1984), 2:75

·         Death Record Book I, 1880-1890, (1983), 4:177

·         First Land Owners, from History of Mills County, 1876, (1983), 4:174

·         Mills County History, (1983), 4:174

·         Medical Attendants, Book 1, Record of Births, 1880-1897, (1989), 3:137

·         Muster and Descriptive Roll of Wahaghbonsey Ranters, 1862, (1989), 3:139

·         Research in Fremont and Mills Counties of Southwest Iowa, (1986), 1:39

·         Some Old Timers, (1989), 1:33

·         The following Mills County Publications are for sale through the Iowa Genealogical Society.  Consult the Iowa Genealogical Society Website for a detailed listing and availability.

·         Mills County marriages, 1880-1885

 

Section IV: Credits

 

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

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