TopographyThe east half of this township is very rolling, being just on the western edge of the Coteaus. A great many quarter sections are very stony. However, it is well settled, and some very fair farms are now cultivated. After removal of the stones, the land produces good crops as the soil is very prolific. The west half is on the eastern line of the Jim river valley, and is a very level table land. This part of the township was practically all filed upon by a colony of Cowans, from Illinois. A very nice small lake, Aylsworth, is located in about the center of the township.
The first marriage was that of Wm. Walker and Mary Lutebauer.
The largest family was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lutebauer, four sons and five daughters.
The name of township, this was derived from a gulch in the township by that name.
Dates of Settlement of Homesteaders:
1882B. P. and J. H. Cowan, J. J. and R. G. Cowan, H. W. and W. H. Cowan, John Cowan, Andrew and B. P. Cowan, Frank Cowan, Mary E. Thumb, Center Cowan.
1884-85Ben J. Bartell, M. Bauer, J. P. Decker, H. A. Talcott, Martin Pemrick, J. W. Lewis, G. Beaudreau.
1886Ole Fadness, C. J. Guiding, H. M. and M. F. Witt, Carl Haas.
1889W. T. McDowell, 0. W., R. C., John and Miss Anna Hydlauff, I. H. Darling, Wm. Shannon.
1890-91-92Nels H. Vail, T. Isaacseson, Frank Lutbauer, Anton Grozeck, Andrew Roseth, Ole Roseth.
1893-95-96-1902John Aadsen, Alfonso, Silas and J. Darling, Robert, Paul and Reinhold Reiprich, Martin Witt, G. M. Beetem, Chas. McCloskey, C. E. Beetem and Laughlin Baker.