The editor desires to acknowledge great assistance from the files of the Hamilton Freeman, of which an almost complete set is in existence and from the writings of J. H. Stephenson, Isaiah Doane, W. L. Clark, S. B. Rosencrans and Chas. Aldrich which have appeard in the press of the county from time to time. He also desires to express gratitue for the kidly interest taken in the work by Capt. Frank E. Landers and for the immense fund of information he has always so promptly and willingly supplied. He is alwo grateful for the kindness of E. S. Boudenot, in making certain drawings to illustrate the work.
The county is twenty-four miles square and embraces, according to government survey, the congressional townships 86, 87, 88, and 89 north, in ranges 23, 24, 25, and 26 west of the 5th principal meridian.
It is bounded on the north by Wright county, on the east by Hardin county, on the south by Story and Boone counties, and on the west by Webster county.
The topography as a whole, presents a comparatively level plain with a gentle slope to the south, which will average perhaps from one to two feet per mile. This level plain is broken by the Boone river which extends from north to south through the western tier of townships and by a range of small morainic hills which extend from the southwest corner of the county eastward through Marion, Clear Lake and Ellsworth townships until near Jewell the direction changes to the northward, through Lyon, Liberty and Williams townships. These hills are very interesting to the student of geology. They are curious both in individual appearance and arrangement. Sometimes there will be a single hill, quite regular in shape resembling and Indian mound. Sometimes they are in groups, and again they are found in a continuous range. These hills were not caused by the action of wind and water but were caused by forces that affected the whole topography. Mr. Thomas H. McBride in his report of the geological survey of Hamilton county give the following description of their origin:
Correction coming soon.
The next grouping of Lee's 1912
pages includes the history of Hamilton County Townships
and several paragraphs about the history of Jewell Junction, so go to Page 2 of Lee's History.