Clipped From Kossuth County Advance
consolidated school. The presence, or absence', of rural schools shows the distribution of population in each township. In the north part qf the county schools were mighty- few, though Seneca township, an older settlement, had six. The present Eagle, Grant and Springfield townships had not a single school among them. Swea had 4, and the present Harrison had but one, on the west side of section 7. Streams Disappeared. Of interest also are the streams some of which have been absorbed by the modern drainage ditches and a few of which have completely disappeared. Prairie Creek in northwest Kossuth is now part ol a drainage ditch, as is Mud Creek and an unnamed stream in north Harrison townhip. Purcell creek in Irvington township, a favorite swimming-place for neighborhood boys in the 1890s, is gone completely, and oldtim- ers today find it hard to ti*ace its onetime course, Old Bancroft Lake, in north Grant township, is now mostly in crop; Eagle lake, on the old Capt, R. E. Jenson place in Eagle township, is now part of Thorc- Fon brothers' potato farm. Much of the Blue Earth river's tributary system is now part of a dredge ditch. The old map, printed on pink news-print paper, is surprisingly well-preserved, but tho- paper is pretty brittle. Mr. Smith plans to reinforce the miap with plastic or cellophane and will then put it under glass for display in his of- .fice.