|Source: NMHS Newsletter Feb 2005
Wabash County Organization
From History of Wabash County by Helms
1835, at the first session of the County Board, the
country was divided into two townships, each one eight
miles by twenty-seven, the dividing line being the range
line between Ranges 6 and 7. The eastern township was
called La Gro, and the western Noble, "in honor" says
the Record, "of James Noble, late Senator of the United
States from Indiana."
entire west half of Wabash County was Noble, and the
whole of the eastern was La Gro. At that time the county
(and La Gro Township) had a straight eastern line
twenty-four miles in length. The corner now shown
as having been taken out of the northeast part of
Chester Township was so taken after the creation of
Wabash County. It belongs (two square miles) to Whitley
County, and, it is to be presumed, was added to the
latter county upon its formation which took place after
the erection of Chester Township in 1836. The township
of La Gro came to its present size and shape by several
successive steps, as follows.
first created June 11, 1835.
1836, Chester was taken eight miles square at the north
and Liberty was created eight miles square at the south
leaving La Gro also eight miles east and west by eleven
miles north and south.
June term, 1846, the board directed that the line of
Liberty and La Gro Townships should be the line between
Township 26 and 27, thus cutting off two miles from the
north of Liberty and attaching them to La Gro Township,
thus making Liberty Township six miles wide north and
south and eight miles long east and west.
between Noble and La Gro Townships was again changed
transferring a considerable amount of territory to Noble
time a mile was cut off from northern La Gro and
attached to the south part of Chester.
change was afterward made, attaching still another
portion of La Gro to Noble, taking, altogether, some
La Gro is
thus left at the present time (1884) with about
eighty-five sections, containing, perhaps, a little less
area than Noble, and nineteen sections more than