The principal town in this township is the village of Civil Bend, which is located on section twenty-four township sixty, range twenty-nine. It was laid off in 1868 by Gilbert Canfield, who surveyed twenty-four lots and had them platted as the town of Civil Bend. In 1880 it contained seventy-eight inhabitants, which number it is believed has been increased until the population is now about one hundred.
1881 Business Directory
As a county trading place the town transacts considerable business. The leading merchant of the place is Isaac J. Henderson, who carries a large and well-selected stock of general merchandise. The other prominent business men are
Perham & Roberts, dealers in general merchandise
Dr. J. W. Hightree
O. F. S. Shumway, druggists
Martin Smith, harness-maker
Ryan & Harmon and Fred Snider, blacksmiths
Drs. J. W. Hightree, S. L. Hardinger
E. H. Waggoner, physicians and surgeons
S. S. Ryan and Thomas Roberts, hotel proprietors
Moses Mallory, shoe-maker
R. Davis, barber
B. Stapp, restaurant proprietor and dealer in flour and feed
I. J. Henderson, postmaster
The first business house in Civil Bend was built by John T. Price.
The voting place of Marion township is at Civil Bend.
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