Waltham Township, Mower County, Minnesota

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Waltham Township is a township in Mower County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 416 at the 2000 census. The largest town in the township is Waltham with a population of 196 people. All other area in the township is unincorporated.

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History

Nels Johnson, the earliest settler, came in the summer of 1855. The entire township was later sold to land speculators. John C. Mason bought more than a quarter of the township, primarily in the northeast corner. His agent, A.J. Burbank, came in 1864, built a three-story hotel, surveyed the land and sold most of it off into small parcels. The township was officially organized in 1866. The village of Waltham was originally about a mile east of where it sits now. The Chicago Great Western Railway stretched across the prairie of Waltham Township and the people of the village decided to relocate. The current village of Waltham was platted in 1885. In 1911 the village had two general stores, a physician, a shoe shop, a livery, a creamery, a stock buyer, a carpenter shop, a flour mill, and a variety of small shops.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.9 square miles (93.0 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 416 people, 146 households, and 117 families residing in the township. The population density was 11.6 people per square mile (4.5/km²). There were 150 housing units at an average density of 4.2/sq mi (1.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.56% White, 0.48% Asian, 0.96% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.20% of the population.

There were 146 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.5% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.2% were non-families. 13.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.15.

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