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1878 Jackson County, Iowa Gazetteer
1879 Jackson County, Iowa History

From 1878 Jackson County, Iowa Gazetteer


Situated in Tete des Morts Valley, and in the township of the same name, is ten miles north-west from Bellevue, was laid out by Mr. Krier in 1854, and the first post office was established in 18fi6 by Peter Gellen. A flour mill was built in 1840, and is now run by Mr. Krier, The first house was built by Jacob Hiltgen. There are two churches the Roman Catholic and Lutheran. The principal interest of the place is, that it is the site of St. Mary's Institute, an institution for the higher education of young ladies, conducted by the Sisters of Notre Dame.
[Owen's Gazetteer and Directory of Jackson County, Iowa, Owen Publishing Company, Davenport, Iowa, 1878. Submitted by Mary Kay Krogman.]

From 1879 History of Jackson County Iowa


St. Donatus was platted March 6, 1860, by D. Lowen, and is located on the southwest quarter of Section 7, Tete des Morts Township. The first post office was established by Peter Gellen, in 1856. There are two churches here, Catholic and Lutheran. The town is the site of St. Mary's Institute, conducted by the Sisters of Notre Dame as a branch of a similar institution at Milwaukee. The building is a large stone structure, 80x50 feet and four stories in height. Five acres of improved land are connected with the building. The convent was built in 1864, and is in charge of seven Sisters of the Order mentioned. In the course of instruction here given are included needle-work, house-work and other useful occupations. Accomplishments come in for their full share in the department of music and painting.

[The History of Jackson County Iowa, Published November 1879. Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

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