New Boston Township is known as Town 14 North, in Ranges 5 and 6 West, extending to the Mississippi river. The eastern portion con­tains a deep, rich soil unexcelled by any farm­ ing land in the county. The western part is level and sandy, in some places almost desti- tute of vegetation. Where it can be cultivated, water-melons and sweet potatoes are the prin­ cipal products.

No minerals are found here except stone at the mouth of Edwards river, where a quarry was opened in the early settlement. The township is well supplied with timber on the bluffs in the eastern portion and along the river bottom, the principal growth being oak, maple, walnut, sycamore and hickory.

The Galva & Burlington branch of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad enters the township from the east, reaching the river at New Boston. At Arpee the road branches south running through Keithsburg. Oquawka and Gladstone to Burlington

Nearly all the land sold in this locality, was sold from the government land office in Galena. The settlers usually appointed some one person to attend the land sale and bid off the several lots upon which they had made claims. The settlements mere made principally along the river, the settlement of the upland country being regarded as an absurdity

The township was organized in 1852; and the first supervisor from New Boston was I. N. Bassett; the first town clerk, Thomas Alyea; the first justice, G. "W. Warner.

The following have been supervisors for the township: I. N. Bassett, one year; Sidney Chidester, one year; Amos Prouty, one year; William Drury, one year; John Roberts, five years; D. J. Noble, two years; Thomas Martin, four years; Walter Pryne, one year; William A. Wilson, twelve years




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