The town was described as follows in an 1889 history: "KENT, Republican township, is in section thirty-two, town V north, range VI east. Was platted by James Blankinship, April 9th, 1853, and formerly called Ramsey’s Mills post office. There are three good stores, two churches, a good school-house, a large flour mill, two doctors’ offices, a blacksmith shop and post-office. The population is about 350. It is a nice clean, tidy-looking little place. It is eight miles west of Madison."