It helped bring pioneers and settlers looking to take advantage of the Homestead Act.
While the railroad continued to play a pivotal role in the existence of Grinnell, the town soon transitioned to a service center for the area settlers.
Cemetery Directory Information
Cemetery monuments provide an invaluable insight into the history of any community. There is evidence of the names and families that inhabited the town. There is evidence of tragedy and heartbreak, of lives lived many years, and lives cut short. There are names whose ancestors continue to live in the community and names that seem to be a complete mystery. The oldest birthdate on the marked graves in the Grinnell township cemetery appears to be 1833. The earliest date of death appears to be 1889 among the 330 marked gravesites. In the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, there are 358 marked gravesites. The oldest birthdate appears to be 1840 and the oldest date of death appears to be 1911. In the Angelus Cemetery, there are over 500 marked gravesites. The oldest birthdate appears to be 1804 and the oldest date of death appears to be 1887.