Incorporation of the Town of Ely, Page 2
Source: Microfilm of The Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette,
September 3, 1903, Page 6, column 3
To the east, northeast and north, the territory of Ely is cut off by
the Cedar river, at a distance of from five to ten miles, but the natural
obstruction also confines the territory of the towns north of the river,
giving to each a sort of protection in the form of running water that is
not frequently bridged nor conveniently forded.
By the diagonal wagon road,
Ely is about eight miles from the business section of Cedar Rapids, about
the same distance by rail - the Rock Island. The one time flourishing
trade and educational center, Western College, is three miles to the west,
while Fairfax is about thirteen miles distant. The trade territory of Ely
therefore embraces practically Putnam township, southwest Franklin,
southeastern College and a considerable scope of country in the northern
part of Johnson county.
The farm land is of the most
excellent character as a rule and has been brought to a high and
profitable state of cultivation by the residents, who as the majority of
the officers of Ely would indicate, are of Bohemian origin, a sufficient
indication of thrift, stability and industry.
The Municipal Family
The municipal family of Linn County is becoming large and important and
there are none of the indications of race suicide that have alarmed the
president of these United States. In fact there are fine prospects for
additions to the list. The corporations of the county with their
population according to the last census are as follows:
Mt. Vernon .........1,629
Central City ...........623
Cedar Rapids .....25,656
Kenwood Park ........283
Center Point ...........674
This would show Linn county
to be one of the most fruitful of Iowa parents in the line of incorporated
towns, and the other possibilities are such that there is no temptation to
throw away the high chair and discard the perambulator.
There are Fairfax, Troy
Mills, Prairieburg, Bertram, Waubeek, Viola, Whittier, Palo, Covington
that may bethink themselves of incorporation at almost any time and a
village is almost certain to be created on the Prairie creek flats, near
Beverly. Here is wishing long life and rapid growth to Ely and a kind
inquiry as to "what would the little lady have."
Will Make Improvements
One of the first questions, in fact the first question, of the new town
will concern improvements. A general clean up of the corporation has been
determined upon and it will be made to wear a village aspect instead of
the appearance of a rather populous farm. Cleanliness will be the motto.
No elaborate outlines have been made as to what will be done, but it has
been determined to build a sidewalk around four blocks in the business
part, an improvement that will be appreciated by the people as well as by
the numerous customers of the business men of that place.