Marshall Township, Mower County, Minnesota

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Marshall Township is a township in Mower County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 382 at the 2000 census. The largest town in the township is Elkton with a population of 149 people. All other area in the township is unincorporated.



The land of Marshall Township originally contained a few small, shallow lakes, but they have since been drained to allow for increased farming. Helge Erickson. a Norwegian, settled in the western half of the southwest quadrant of section 36 in 1856 and John Osmunsen, another Norwegian, came from Wisconsin and settled on the eastern half of the southeast quadrant of the same section the followunbg year. The township was first named "York" and later "Beach" before finally being named for William Rainey Marshall in 1870. Marshall was the fifth Governor of Minnesota and he owned land in Marshall Township from 1868 to 1874. At the organizing meeting of June 6, 1870, the people of the township elected two supervisors, a chairman, a clerk, an assessor, a treasurer two justices of the peace and two constables.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.6 square miles (89.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 382 people, 122 households, and 105 families residing in the township. The population density was 11.0 people per square mile (4.3/km²). There were 126 housing units at an average density of 3.6/sq mi (1.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was: two Native Americans, two Asians, and the rest of the people are white. There were 122 households out of which 44.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.2% were married couples living together, 3.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.9% were non-families. 10.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.13 and the average family size was 3.38.

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