In Iowa's world in the early 20th Century, the township was very important. Unlike today, when most city folks have no idea in which township they live, it was an important governmental unit in 1926. Governor Lucas, in 1838, had argued for the township being the principle governing unit of the Iowa Territory, especially for organizing local schools. The ideal civil township was six miles square, and the township held elections, repaired roads, and gave relief to the poor. In addition to the detailed township maps in this volume are farmer's directories which detail the owner (or renter) of each parcel of land, his wife, children, and how many years he has lived in the county.