Bussey, Iowa
Marion County, IA





BUSSEY
This is one of the thriving towns of Marion County. It is situated in the eastern part of Liberty Township, on the Wabash and the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroads, and in 1910 reported a population of 669. The town was laid out in the latter part of July, 1875, for Jesse and Isabelle Bussey, the plat being filed on the last day of that month. In the original plat the streets running north and south are Marion, Merrill, Edwards and West, and those running east and west are numbered from First to Seventh, inclusive. Several addttions have been made to the first survey, the most ithportant of which are Bussey's First, Richards & Sanders' and James A. Bussey's additions.

On February 28, 1895, a petition signed by forty residents was presented to the District Court of Marion County asking that the town be incorporated. On the 11th of March J. H. Henderson, then district judge, appointed Bowen Ross, Jesse Bussey, A. R. Miner, O. R. Brown and I. H. Council commissioners to Conduct an election on April 9, 1895, at which the legal voters living within the district it was proposed to include in the corporate limits of the town should be given an opportunity to express themselves as for or against incorporation. A majority of the votes cast on that occasion were in favor of the proposition, and on May 29, 1895, the court ordered that Bussey be thereafter an incorporated town.

It appears, however, that there was some defect in the proceedings at that time, as on May 31, 1899, another election on the question of incorporation was held. Again a majority of the voters expressed themselves in favor of the movement to incorporate, and again the court ordered that the town be incorporated. The first election for town officers was held on the last day of June, 1899, when James A. Bussey was elected mayor; William Burton, clerk; E. A. Johnson, treasurer; John Olson, E. L. Bussey, E. E. Lyman, I. H. Council, U. G. Earp and J. F Hughes, councilmen

Bussey has two banks, a number of well stocked mercantile establishments, a weekly newspaper, a grain elevator, a public school, in which seven teachers are employed, churches of various denominations, a number of neat residences, well kept streets, good sidewalks, and being on two lines of railway, ships large quantities of live stock and an immense amount of coal from the mines in the vicinity. In 1913 the property of the corporation was assessed for taxation at
$243,500.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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