Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. F. W. Adrian


The purpose of this narrative was to tell the early history of Onawa, Iowa, from approximately 1857 to 1912. Also, it was hoped that this writing would create a better understanding of the many problems which face a small town as it struggles to grow into a prosperous community. Formation of the community was slow, tedious work started by founding fathers and continued by each following generation. Furthermore, it was hoped that the reader's mind might be stimulated into drawing a comparison between Onawa and any small town which might be known to them.


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Department of History The University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1966, Donald Lloyd Reed

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