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Quorn in Iowa, America – now known as Kingsley

Two brothers Fredrick and William Close went to the USA from England in 1876. They ‘platted’ (ie mapped out and founded) the village and area of Quorn in Plymouth County, Iowa in 1880. They owned many farms in the area, and from their offices in the newly established centre of Quorn USA, they managed not only the farms themselves, but also their successful business, whereby many English families paid to send their boys to the Close brothers’ farms, to learn how to look after stock and carry out all farming tasks and activities. Frederick had named the town Quorn after the Quorn Hunt, who he used to enjoy hunting with regularly.

By 1882 Quorn was a thriving town with a population of 300 to 400.

Frederick Close had thought that the new railway would pass through Quorn, complete with a railway station. However in 1883 it became apparent that the railroad was to be located about a mile to the east of Quorn. As a result, a new town was planned, and in effect ‘Quorn’ was moved. In 1884, after the move, the town was renamed Kingsley, after the man who had planned the new conurbation.


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 Submitted on: 2019-12-11
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 2251
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