Mills County (Images of America)

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Press: Arcadia Publishing (February 22, 2010)
Publication Date:2010-2
Author Name:Roenfeld, Ryan


Covering 440 miles, "Queen Mills" stretches from the Point aux Poules and Five Barrel Islands on the Missouri River east through the loess hills to the West Nishnabotna watershed. 
Once the center of the Glenwood culture, the area later became the hunting grounds for the Otoes and was then included as part of the Potawatomi Indian reserve.
The first Mormon refugees from Nauvoo arrived in 1846, and the California Gold Rush then brought new people west.
Mills County was organized in 1851 as Mormon control faded and chaos filled the mud streets of what became Glenwood.
Speculation ran rampant as farmers from Ohio, Kentucky, England, and Germany spread across the prairies.
New towns and businesses appeared alongside the tracks of the railroads, and the Iowa Institution for Feeble-Minded Children grew into a major institution.
One-room schoolhouses dotted the countryside as the county emerged as one of the country's major fruit-growing regions with orchards covering the hills around Glenwood.


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  •     I purchased this book as a gift for my 90 year old grandmother, who has lived all of her life in Mills County. Her memory is failing, but it has been such a gift to me to hear her as she studies the photos and reads the captions that have triggered memories from her youth. We also discovered photos of family members that we had never seen before! What a treat!
  •     As someone who grew up in Mills County, Iowa and who is interested in all things historical, I jumped at the chance to order a new book about my home area. I initially learned about Mr. Roenfeld's book through the Glenwood Opinion-Tribune, and went to Amazon to order. I've spent the last two evenings going page by page and have enjoyed every minute. My mother grew up in Silver City, and there's a wealth of detailed photos of that town. Every part of Mills County is dealt with through pictures and narrative. Those of you who grew up in Glenwood will remember the old Masonic Hall on the east side of the square where the senior center is now and the East School where you now find a townhome community. Trust me and order this book before it goes out of print. You will not be sorry.

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