St. Joseph Township
Township lies on the western shores of Lake St. Croix, opposite the city of Stillwater, to which it is connected by a bridge. It includes the three lower tiers of sections of township 30, range 19, parts of range 20 and the six upper sections of township 29, range 19. It is drained by the Willow River and by creeks flowing into Lake St. Croix. Its surface varies from undulating to hilly. It has several small bodies of water, including Lake Balsam, in the eastern part. It also has two high ridges of land, which serve as conspicuous landmarks. The earliest settlement was in 1850 and the organization was perfected in 1858. A railroad passes through the southeastern corner and the people are within easy distance of both Hudson and Stillwater. The village of Burkhardt is located near its borders. The township covers 20,904 acres, having an average value of $19. The people in the township have 425 horses, valued at $25,500; 1,250 neat cattle, valued at $18,900; 400 sheep and lambs, valued at $1,200; 180 swine, valued at $900. The total value of real estate is $397,300; of personal property, $121,600, making a grand total of $518,900. Following is the acreage devoted to the various crops in St. Joseph township in 1908: Wheat, 178; corn, 476; oats, 3,505; barley, 633; rye, 1,118; flaxseed, 12; potatoes 85; hay, 2,077.
Village of Houlton
Houlton, connected with Stillwater by a wagon bridge, has a population of 345, and has three saloons, one dealer in boots and shoes and harness, one dealer in hardware and meat, one general store, one grocery store, a blacksmith shop and a creamery.
Troy Township is in the southwestern corner of the county, bounded by Hudson, Warren and Kinnickinnic townships and Lake St. Croix. It is within easy distance of Hudson, is crossed by a railroad and contains an overflow of the residence portions of River Falls. It is a township of rich land, mostly rolling with some ridges and highlands. The scene along the line of the railroad is picturesque and denotes rich farming country, with prosperous, well-kept farmhouses and neat looking stock. It contains the village of Glenmont and several small stations. The present township embraces township 28, range 19, and three additional sections in township 28, range 19. It has a fine frontage of bluffs on the lake. It is drained by the Kinnickinnic River and smaller creeks, and contains 25,265 acres of land with an average value of $19. In 1851 the township was organized and was called Malone by the Perrin brothers, who came from New York, where they had lived in a village of that name. The name was later changed to Troy, but whether in honor of Troy, N.Y., or of that ancient Troy sung of by the poets, history does not relate. The first settler in what is now Troy township was James Chinnock, who came to Hudson in 1850 and at once located a claim in what is now Troy township. He raised the first crop in the township and erected a house, making his home on the farm as a greater protection against the Indians. William L. Perrin was another early settler. The farmers of the township have 565 horses, valued at $33,900; 1,350 neat cattle, valued at $18,900; 400 sheep and lambs, valued at $1,200; 180 swine, valued at $900. The total value of real estate is #741,800, of personal property, $94,700, making a grand total of $836,500. Following is the acreage devoted to the various crops in Troy township in 1908: Wheat, 456; corn, 1,949; oats, 5,026; barley, 2,082; rye, 744; flaxseed, 190; potatoes, 508; other crops, 133; 694 bearing apple trees; strawberries, ½; raspberries, 3 5/8; hay 5,096; timber, 2,685.
Warren is one of the interior townships of St. Croix County. It is bounded by Richmond, Hammond, Kinnickinnic, Hudson and St. Joseph townships, and has one village, Roberts, a hustling place with stores, a hall, mills, hotel, shops and the like. The township includes township 29, range 18, and is a rich prairie land, drained by the waters of the Kinnickinnic and Willow rivers. It contains 22,623 acres with an average value of $33.73, among the highest in the county. George Longworth and family, of Waukegan, Ill., settled here in October 1855, and the following year Lyman and David Sanford made their homes here. Mr. Longworth, in 1856, broke the first ground on the land now within the limits of Hudson. Henry M. Sanford came to Warren in the spring of 1857. Warren was organized as a township in 1860, with the following supervisors: Beach Sanford, George Frissell and Seth Colbeth; L. J. Sanford, Clerk. A post office was established in 1860 with Mrs. Beach Sanford as post mistress at Warren village, now Roberts. The first school was taught in 1859 by Jane Sanford. There are in the township 630 horses, valued at $37,800; 1,600 neat cattle, valued at $18,900; 1.900 sheep and lambs, valued at $5,700; 600 swine, valued at $3,000. The total value of real estate is $815,700; of personal property, $105,800, making a total valuation of $921,500. Following is the acreage devoted to the various crops in Warren township in 1908: Wheat, 186; corn, 1,394; oats, 4,179; barley, 1,133; rye, 196; potatoes, 55; apples, 1 ½, with 135 trees; flax, 181; hay, 3,415; timber 135.
Roberts Village is the trading center of Warren Township. It is a village of pretty residences and progressive people. Platted January 4, 1875, the village has held her own and gives evidence of the future growth and continued prosperity. There are churches, stores, mills, shops and an elevator within the village limits, and being the center, as it is of an excellent farming district, its trade is important. It has railroad and telephone service and many other improvements. Reference: Taken from "History of the St. Croix Valley", published in 1909