Today we continue with the history behind the townships names. Information has been collected from a Newspaper Article by Bill Burnson and from Joyce Stillwell Lake Hatties Historian.
Lake Alice Township was named by Pioneer Settlers for Willard Glazier’s daughter who accompanied him on his second trip to Itasca in 1881. It was previously called Lake Elvira in honor of Glazier’s sister.
Lake Emma Township was named for a beautiful small lake within the township borders.
Lake George Township and the large lake within it were named for a brother of Willard Glazier who was with Glazier on his first trip to the Lake Itasca area.
Lake Hattie Township and Lake Hattie were names taken from Willard Glazier’s 1881 map of the area. Elizabeth the Township Clerk sent me this information:
This is a quote from our historian Joyce Stillwell, written at our 100th anniversary in 2005.
"The information concerning the township name came from it’s largest lake, which is Lake Hattie. This lake was so named by Willard Glazier, an explorer of the area, who "arrogantly" supplanted the original Indian names of several lakes, with names of his own relatives. Exhaustive research has failed to reveal the original, so Lake Hattie it remains." "Previous to 1905 Lake Hattie and Fern townships had operated jointly. At the May meeting in that year, the two boards met for the purpose of dividing monies and property equitably."
Lakeport Township, with the spelling changed was named for LaPorte (meaning door or gate in French) which is also the name of a city and county in Indiana.
Mantrap Township was named for Mantrap Lake. Many of it’s bays and peninsulas entrapped and baffled many boatsman and travellers making their way around the lake.
Nevis Township are believed to have been named for Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in all of Great Britain.
Rockwood Township was named for the first homesteader there Charles H. Rockwell.
Schoolcraft Township was named for the Schoolcraft River along which the Schoolcraft party were guided to present day Lake Itasca in July 1832.
Straight River Township was named for the river from Straight Lake into this township.
Steamboat River Township was named for the steamboats from Leech Lake that traversed the waters on Steamboat Lake and River.
Thorpe Township was named for Joseph Thorpe an early Hubbard County school teacher.
Todd Township was named for Smith Todd a homesteader.
White Oak Township was named for a tree of that name.
It seems that Schoolcraft in 1832 and Glazier in 1881 changed a host of beautiful, colorful Indian and French names to commemorate themselves, their relatives and those they admired.
The beautiful original place names have been lost into the murk of historical oblivion.
I need a volunteer from every township in Hubbard County to represent The Hubbard County Historical Society and Museum at the township meetings on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. I will mail the volunteer and the Township Clerk a letter that requests funds from the township. If you attend your annual township meetings and would volunteer to represent us please leave a message at the museums phone number 732 5237 and I will return your call. Having someone at the meeting speaking up for us and our mission to keep history alive in Hubbard County should spur on township donations.
I need volunteers from the following townships.
Akeley, Crow Wing, Farden, Fern, Guthrie, Hart Lake, Helga, Lake Alice, Lake Emma, Lake George, Lakeport, Mantrap, Nevis, Rockwood, Schoolcraft, Steamboat River, Thorpe, and White Oak.