McPherson Township is a scenic township containing the city of St. Clair, formerly known as Hilton. In 1863, the Winnebago Indians were removed from the land and incoming settlers soon made it their home. The building previously used as the Winnebago Agency was put up for sale, and soon converted to a hotel. After that it was passed down through families to serve as homes. It continued this trend until 1986 when it was decomposed beyond repair. The owner had it burned, although the plot remains marked today.
Originally called Sherman and later named after the Maple River, Mapleton has endured many iconic periods in history. It has survived the Dakota Conflict, the Civil War and the Great Depression and these hardships and advancements have made Mapleton the spirited place it is today.
By Grace Webb
Shelby was first settled by Norman L. Jackson in 1855. In July of that year, Casper, George J., and Simon Hoffman staked claims in the township as well. The next year, many people migrated to the township; in fact, so many new settlers arrived that the township’s area was increased. The town got its name at the request of Reverend J. W.
By Grace Webb
By Catherine McCartney
Le Ray Township once sported the clever name, “Lake” for several months before being changed by William Cole for his home county in New York. This name was awarded to the township due to the numerous lakes lying within its boarders. These plentiful lakes fostered lush forests that clustered around the townships boundaries. First settlers arrived in 1856 to the majority of the township as sections of the land were part of a Winnebago reservation. Naturally, the new settlers took quickly to the lumber industry. A few mills and a store sprung up; later a school.