Olmsted County Places - Salem Township
SALEM township, organized in 1858, was named by Cyrus Holt, a pioneer who came here in 1855 and was appointed postmaster of an office established in the winter of that year. The post office, and later the township, received this name from Salem, the county seat of Marion county, Illinois.
The first settlement in Salem was made in June, 1854, by J. B. Dearborn, J. W. Hurd and Albert B. Hurd.
MINNESOTA GEOGRAPHIC NAMES Their Origin and Historic Significance
History of Winona and Olmsted Counties, 1883
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