IOWA MILITARY RESERVATIONS,
NATIONAL CEMETERIES and MILITARY PARKS

Table of Contents

GENERAL ACTS OF SESSION
CEDAR RAPIDS TARGET RANGE
FORT DES MOINES
FORT DES MOINES TARGET RANGE
KEOKUK NATIONAL CEMETERY
OAKDALE CEMETERY (LOTS IN)
POLK COUNTY TARGET RANGE
WARREN COUNTY
WESTERN APPROACH TO ROCK ISLAND

GENERAL ACTS OF SESSION.

SECTION I. Be it enacted, etc., That whenever the title to any real property, situated within the state of Iowa, shall become vested in the United States of America, to be used as a barracks, drill-ground, or fort, or for other military purposes, the full exclusive, and complete jurisdiction is hereby granted and ceded to the United States of America over such real property, and full consent to the acquisition of such real property is hereby given and granted by the State of Iowa to the United States, and all jurisdiction of the State of Iowa over such real property is ceded and surrendered. All claims or right to levy taxes against said real property is also hereby fully released and surrendered. (Approved April 4, 1900. Laws of Iowa, 1900, p. 134.)

SECTION I. Be it enacted, etc. That the consent of the State of Iowa is hereby given, in accordance with the seventeenth clause, eighth section, of the first article of the Constitution of the United States, by purchase, condemnation, or otherwise, of any land in this state required for sites for custom houses, courthouses, post offices, arsenals, or other public buildings whatever, or for any other purposes of the government.

SEC. II. That exclusive jurisdiction in and over any land so acquired by the United States shall be, and the same is hereby ceded to the United States, for all purposes except the serving upon such sites of all civil and criminal processes of the courts of this state ; but the jurisdiction so ceded shall continue no longer than the United States shall own such lands.

SEC. III. The jurisdiction ceded shall not vest until the United States shall have acquired title to the said lands by purchase, condemnation or otherwise ; and so long as the said lands shall remain the property of the United States when acquired as aforesaid, and no longer, the same shall be and continue exempt and exonerated from all state, county and municipal taxation, assessment or other charges which may be levied or imposed under the authority of this state. (Approved Mar. 27, 1902. Laws of Iowa, 1902, p. 165.)

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CEDAR RAPIDS TARGET RANGE.

This range is situated in Johnson County, near Cedar Rapids, and comprises several tracts, having an aggregate area of 117.27 acres.

Title. 1. Decree of United States Circuit Court, Northern District of Iowa, dated October 9, 1909 in case United States v. William G. Dows et al., covering entire tract.

2. Deed from William G. Dows et ux., and Isaac B. Smith et ux., dated December 20, 1909, conveying 94.71 acres, part of same premises. Recorded in volume 107, page 49, of the deed records of Johnson County.

3. Deed from Adolph Stranksy et ux., dated April 21, 1908, conveying 20.7 acres, part of same premises. Recorded in volume 107, page 50, of same records.

4. Deed from Mathias Petrak et ux., acknowledged March 18, 1908, conveying 1.86 acres, part of same premises. Recorded in volume 95, page 375, of same records.

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FORT DES MOINES.

This reservation is situated near the city of Des Moines, Iowa, and contains an area of 640 acres. It embraces the east half of section 33 and the west half of section 34, in township 78 north, range 24 west of the fifth principal meridian.

It was acquired under acts of Congress approved April 4, 1900 (31 Stat., 59), and May 27, 1908 (35 Stat., 364).

Title. 1. Deed from James Denney and wife, dated June 20, 1901, conveying 160 acres; recorded in book 404, page 553, of the records of Polk County.

2. Deed from Robertson M. Brisco and wife, dated June 21, 1901, conveying 160 acres; recorded in book 404, page 553, of the records records.

3. Deed from Thomas Robertson and wife, dated July 18, 1908, conveying 80 acres; recorded in book 458, page 413, of same records.

4. Deed from Mary Burgett and husband, dated August 12, 1908, conveying 40 acres; recorded in book 458, page 412, of same records.

5. Deed from John W. Burgett and wife, dated August 12, 1908, conveying 40 acres; recorded in book 458, page 414, of same records.

6. Deed from John Fullerton (single), dated August 24, 1908, conveying 79 acres; recorded in book 458, page 411, of same records. This deed conveys the south half of the southwest quarter of section 34, “except the west 1 acre thereof,” which is referred to in the abstract as having been “heretofore conveyed to the United States of America.” The excepted tract was conveyed to the United States by deed of John Fullerton, executed, delivered, and recorded in 1905, for “a perpetual right of way over which the grantee may construct and perpetually maintain a military road.”

A right of way for a subsurface drain from the military reservation was secured by deeds from the following-named persons through their respective lands at the dates given:

In Polk County
1. S. W. Reynolds and wife, April 10, 1902.
2. H. S. De Witt and wife, April 11, 1902.
3. D. Mulholland and wife, April 17, 1902.
4. Carlos F. Smith and wife, June 9, 1902.
5. Effie S. Spitznagle and husband, June 14, 1902.
6. Lura Warrick, widow, June 14, 1902.

The above six deeds are recorded in book 426, pages 121, 122, 120, 134, 138, and 139, respectively, of the records of Polk County.

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FORT DES MOINES TARGET RANGE.

This reservation is situated in Warren County and originally comprised about 526 acres, as announced in G. O. 33, A. G. O., March 12, 1903. Additions thereto were made in 1908 and 1909, the entire area of the reservation, as computed from a survey made in 1910, being 896.96 acres.

Title. 1. Deed from Norton J. Loomis and wife, dated July 26, 1902, conveying 80 acres; recorded in book 61, page 189, of the records of Warren County.

2. Deed from Grant U. Herrick, dated July 30, 1902, conveying 20 acres; recorded in book 61, page 187, of same records.

3. Deed from C. L. Watrous and wife, dated October 13, 1902, conveying 313 acres, more or less; recorded in book 61, page 188, of same records.

4. Deed from H. D. Thompson, dated December 11, 1902, conveying 113 acres, more or less; recorded in book 61, page 186, of same records.

By act of Congress, approved May 11, 1908 (35 Stat., 122), provision was made for the purchase of not less than 358.5 acres adjoining this reservation. Purchases have been made under this authority of about 353.5 acres, as follows:

5. Deed from Thomas Stevenson et ux., dated September 8, 1908, conveying 60 acres; recorded in book 69, page 116, of same records.

6. Deed from Louisa Josephine Patten et al., dated September 26, 1908, conveying 40 acres; recorded in book 59, page 478, of same records.

7. Deed from Dora Jackson et vir, dated September 21, 1908, conveying 20 acres; recorded in book 69, page 369, of same records.

8. Deed from Mary E. Mason et vir, dated February 1, 1908, conveying 20 acres; recorded in book 69, page 370, of same records.

9. Deed from M. E. Blackford et ux., dated April 14, 1909, conveying 10 acres; recorded in book 69, page 368, of same records.

10. Deed from Richard H. Collicott et ux., dated March 4, 1909, conveying 60 acres; recorded in book 59, page 489, of same records.

11. Deed from Nellie M. Collicott, single, dated October 15, 1908, conveying 10 acres; recorded in book 69, page 421, of same records.

12. Decree of condemnation, dated May 21, 1909, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, No. 1008 (law); United States v. J. L. Brown et al., covering about 20.5 acres. Decree entered in Journal I, page 204, of the records of said court.

13. Decree of condemnation, dated May 21, 1909, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, No. 1009 (law); United States v. Martha McDowell et al., covering about 113 acres. Decree entered in Journal I, page 205, of same records.

Jurisdiction. See “General acts of cession.”

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KEOKUK NATIONAL CEMETERY.

This cemetery is situated near Keokuk, Lee County, and contains an area of about 2.75 acres.

Title. 1. Deed from the city of Keokuk, dated August 28, 1866, conveying the tract of land therein described, being a part of Oakland Cemetery adjacent to Keokuk, in Lee County. Recorded in book No. 27, page 117, of the deed records of Lee County.

2. Deed from Hiram Barney and wife, dated August 5, 1870, conveying fractional block No. 107 and lots 1, 2, 3, and 4 in block No. 108, all in Mason’s lower addition to the city of Keokuk. Recorded in book No. 33, page 569, of same records.

3. Deed from John Oertell and wife, dated August 30, 1871, conveying lots 5 and 6 in block No. 108 in Mason’s lower addition to the city of Keokuk. Recorded in book No. 36, page 77, of same records.

4. Deed from the city of Keokuk, dated December 17, 1874, conveying the lands therein described for cemetery purposes. Recorded in book No. 40, page 76, of same records.

Jurisdiction. Ceded to the United States by an act of the State legislature, approved March 11, 1872, and by an act approved March 4, 1876. These acts provide as follows:

SECTION 1. Be it enacted, etc., That the consent of this General Assembly be, and the same is hereby, given to the purchase by the United States of certain parcels of land situate in Lee County, known and described as fractional block 107, and lots number (s) one, two, three, four, five, and six, in block 108, Mason’s Lower Addition to the city of Keokuk, Iowa, the same to be used for cemetery purposes by the United States Government. (Approved Mar. 11, 1872.)

SECTION 1. Be it enacted, etc., That the consent of this General Assembly, be and the same is hereby, given to the purchase by the United States of America of certain parcels of land situate in Lee County, known and described as so much of Keokuk Avenue as lies north of block one hundred and eight (108), Mason’s lower addition to the city of Keokuk, and so much of G street as lies between blocks one hundred and seven (107) and one hundred and eight (108), in said addition, and the small triangular piece of land formed by the northerly and southerly sides of said block one hundred and seven (107) continued until said lines meet; also to a certain parcel of land known and described as the “soldiers’ burial ground,” lying within Oakland Cemetery, together with a strip of land twenty (20) feet wide extending the entire length of the said “soldiers’ burial ground,” all situate within the city of Keokuk, Iowa.

SEC. 2. The jurisdiction of the State of Iowa in and over the lands mentioned in the preceding section and in an act entitled “an act giving the consent of the legislature of the State of Iowa, to the purchase by the United States of certain real estate,” approved March 11, 1872, shall be and the same is hereby ceded to the United States; Provided, That the jurisdiction hereby ceded shall continue no longer than the United States shall own or occupy said lands. (Approved Mar. 4, 1876.)

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OAKDALE CEMETERY (LOTS IN).

This reservation is situated near Davenport, in Scott County. The portion thereof used as a national cemetery embraces lot No. 140 in section 2; also that portion of the center of section 2 upon which seven soldiers have been interred, as laid down on the plat of the said cemetery, and a portion of lot No. 13.

Title. Deed from the Oakdale Cemetery Co., dated June 26, 1866, conveying the above described lots. Recorded in book U of town lot deeds, pages 275 and 276 of the deed records of Scott County.

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POLK COUNTY TARGET RANGE.

This range is situated in Polk County, and comprises several tracts, having an aggregate area of about 279.77 acres.

Title. 1. Deed from Mary Tidrick Porter, executrix, dated January 4, 1908, conveying 22.80 acres, reserving coal under the same. Recorded in book 479, page 215, of deed records of Polk County.

2. Deed from Carl F. Lundstrom, unmarried, dated January 9, 1908, conveying 6.67 acres. Recorded in book 458, page 159, of same records.

3. Deed from John F. Bowen et al., dated January 7, 1908, conveying 123.91 acres. Recorded in book 458, page 158, of same records.

4. Deed from Anna Marie Lundstrom et al., dated January 9, 1908, conveying 8.11 acres. Recorded in book 485, page 160, of same records.

5. Deed from Stephen N. Bowen et al., dated August 10, 1909, conveying several tracts, aggregating an area of 118.28 acres. Recorded in book 560, page 542, of same records.

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WARREN COUNTY

The right of way continues in Warren County by virtue of the following deeds:
1. H. E. McGriff and wife, May 1, 1902.
2. Carlos F. Smith and wife, June 9, 1902.
3. Grant of easement by the governor and auditor of the State, June 25, 1902.
4. Robert Spilmer and wife, September 3, 1902.

The above four deeds are recorded in book 55, pages 602, 600, 608, and 619, respectively, of the records of Warren County. Revocable licenses. April 1, 1902, to the Interurban Railway Co. to construct line of tracks on reservation.

March 13, 1906, to Iowa Telephone Co., for telephone line for private telephone service.

April 13, 1906, to Des Moines Terminal Co., for railway tracks on reservation.

Jurisdiction. See “General act of cession.”

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WESTERN APPROACH TO ROCK ISLAND.

This property is situated in the city of Davenport, opposite Rock Island, and consists of the north end and abutments of the bridge and the wagon approach on the Iowa side.

Title. Consent of the municipal authorities of the city of Davenport to location of same, by an ordinance passed -------.

Revocable license. June 20, 1907, to the People’s Light Co. for gas main across premises.

Jurisdiction. Ceded to the United States by an act of the State legislature approved March 26, 1878 as follows:

Whereas, The Government of the United States have caused to be erected across the Mississippi River at the City of Davenport, Iowa, a wagon road and railroad bridge, connecting the Iowa shore with the Rock Island Arsenal; and

Whereas, The abutments and the wagon approach to said bridge on the Iowa shore are located in public streets and on the bank of said river in the said City of Davenport by the consent of the municipal authorities of said city: Therefore, Be it enacted, etc., SECTION 1. That exclusive jurisdiction is hereby ceded to the United States over that part of the Rock Island Arsenal Bridge across the Mississippi River at Davenport, Iowa, which is north of the middle of the main channel of the said river, and also over the plat of ground occupied by the abutments and the wagon approach to the north end of said bridge, more particularly described as follows:

* * * Provided, however, That so much of said public streets (of the city of Davenport) as are occupied by said wagon approach shall be forever kept and maintained as a public highway without expense to the said city of Davenport:

And provided further, That this act shall not be held or construed to add to, diminish, or prejudice any rights or privileges now held by any railroad company to use said approach for the purposes of a railroad track. Nor shall the jurisdiction hereby conceded be held or construed to impair, prejudice, or effect [affect] the right of the city of Davenport, or any other taxing power, to assess and collect taxes upon any franchise, right-of-way, or other property, or privilege, which any railroad company may now or hereafter have, hold or possess in said bridge. (Laws of Iowa, 1878, chap. 163, p. 149.)

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Source: U. S. Military Reservations, National Cemeteries, and Military Parks.
Prepared in the Office of the Judge Advocate General United States Army
Revised Edition: 1916
Washington Government Printing Office
[Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]


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