In the spring of 1912 R. E. Cotton surveyed the Town of Meicher for Thomas J. Newkirk, a resident of Chicago, Illinois.
Melcher is located in section 11, township 74, range 21, immediately south of and adjoining the Town of Dallas.
The plat, which was filed in the recorder's office on May 17, 1912, shows 600 lots and a public park.
At the February term of the District Court in 1913 a petition signed by thirty three residents of the new town
was presented, asking for the incorporation of Melcher. After hearing the petition Judge Lorin N. Hays appointed
Frank McAllister, Arby Bucklew, W. T. Newkirk, John Oldham and J. D. Croy commissioners to hold an election and
submit the question to the legal voters residing within the territory it was proposed to include in the corporation.
The vote was unanimous in favor of incorporation, and on May 14, 1913, was held the first election for town officers.
J. D. Croy was elected mayor; C. V. Brumley, clerk; William Nolte, treasurer; John Oldham, Leopold Galleazzi, C.
A. Hollingsworth, W. E. Bledsoe and Walter Feight, councilmen.
Melcher is the outgrowth of the building of the branch line of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railway system
through that section of the county. Although one of the youngest towns in the county, it is a healthy infant and
is one of the thriving towns in the White Breast Valley. It is situated on a high ridge, three miles from the creek,
and bids fair to become one of the leading coal towns of the county. A public school building was erected in the
summer of 1914, and in November of that year a telephone exchange was opened. Mèlcher has two banks, the
usual number of mercantile establishments for a town of its size, important coal mining interests, and a number
of minor business enterprises.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
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