Grand River Township, Decatur County, Iowa

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Grand River Township
Location in Decatur County
Location in Decatur County
Coordinates: 40°46′08″N 93°57′59″W / 40.76889°N 93.96639°W / 40.76889; -93.96639Coordinates: 40°46′08″N 93°57′59″W / 40.76889°N 93.96639°W / 40.76889; -93.96639
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Decatur
 • Total 35.76 sq mi (92.61 km2)
 • Land 35.69 sq mi (92.43 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)  0.19%
Elevation 1,037 ft (316 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 112
 • Density 3.1/sq mi (1.2/km2)
GNIS feature ID 0467924

Grand River Township is a township in Decatur County, Iowa, USA. As of the 2000 census, its population was 112. The African American entrepreneur and publisher of the Iowa Bystander John Lay Thompson was born on his family's farm in the township in 1869.[1][2]


Grand River Township covers an area of 35.76 square miles (92.61 square kilometers); of this, 0.07 square miles (0.18 square kilometers) or 0.19 percent is water. The streams of South Elk Creek and West Elk Creek run through this township.

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The township contains three cemeteries: Millsap, Oak Hill and Old Funk.[3]


  1. ^ 1880 United States Census records for Grand River Township, Decatur County, Iowa, reported in a mailing list.
  2. ^ "April 3: John Lay Thompson". African American Registry -- Your Source for African American History. Archived from the original on June 29, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  3. ^ Decatur County Iowa Cemeteries

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