Excerpt from The University of Minnesota: Social and Economic Survey of a Rural Township in Southern Minnesota
X. Township was one of the first to be settled in this territory. This was due to its favorable location quite as much as to the contour of the county. For the most part the land is gently rolling prairie. The south eastern quarter of the township is set off from the rest by rather steep banks running alongside of the winding course of the Prairie Creek. This area is comparatively rough and hilly. Originally it was covered with a heavy stand of choice hardwood timber, some of which still remains. The attractiveness of the fertile prairie lands was enhanced by the abundance of timber close at hand and the nearness of natural water-power. The latter was to be found at various places along the course of the Cannon River, which skirts the northwest corner of this township. It was here that the two men after whom this township was finally named built a sawmill to supply lumber for settlers coming in all around. The fall of the year 1854 marks the beginning of the early settlement.
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