Transcribed from volume II of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed July 2002 by Carolyn Ward.


Williamstown (formerly Rural), a little village of Jefferson county, is located in Rural township on the Union Pacific R. R., 11 miles south of Oskaloosa, the county seat. It has a money order postoffice with one rural route, express and telegraph offices, and the population in 1910 was 103. The first store was opened in 1865 by Samuel Mitchell. The town was laid out by Mapes, Williams & Moore, who owned 900 acres of land in the vicinity which they purchased from the railroad company. The same men built a mill. A postoffice was established with Charles Williams postmaster. The proximity of Perry, a little over 3 miles distant, which was founded by the railroad company, interfered with Williamstown becoming a town.

Page 919 from volume II of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed July 2002 by Carolyn Ward.

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