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You have arrived! From here you can begin an amazing journey through the lives, times, and experiences of our past that make us unique. We have a great collection of photos, maps, genealogies and stories that explain, support, and help create the community we are and the community we are going to be.

From the Ballard family and the first Norwegians settlers, to the challenges of settling and building the community and surrounding area.  Including today’s challenges triumphs and possibly even what lies ahead.  This website attempts not to copy or reproduce materials gained elsewhere BUT, instead to link our readers to information we know exists, and guide our readers threw what we have to share.

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How did Huxley come to be?

In 1881, after being farm land from 1855 the land that became Huxley town was purchased by Rebecca McDaniel.  The land changed owners several times but came to be purchased by the S.S. Merrill surveyor and President of the Milwaukee Land Company.

The village of Huxley was platted and named Huxley for Merrill’s uncle Thomas Henry Huxley.

Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95)
British biologist and apologist for Darwinism. Thomas Huxley was a nineteenth century author and biologist and was the grandfather of Aldous Huxley the twentieth century author.

In 1900 shows the population of Huxley at 199 people.  Commissioners representing Huxley on the application for incorporation were; O.T. Watland, A.L. Kloster, Ole Ritland, Anfin Apland, Hohn T. Valen, and S. O. Wald.

Huxley became an incorporated town August 28, 1902.  The final approval of incorporation was made by Judge J. R. Whitaker.

There is more information on the Huxley family name at this link.  It includes a family crest and motto in addition to much linage.

HUXLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MISSION STATEMENT

mission statement. To engage the Community of Huxley, Iowa in the preservation, education, and celebration of our heritage and ancestry.  To preserve for research and education, the artifacts, information, and verbal histories about the lives of the people of Huxley from its pioneer origins to the present day and into our future. To engage the Community of Huxley, Iowa in the preservation, education, and celebration of our heritage and ancestry.  To preserve for research and education, the artifacts, information, and verbal histories about the lives of the people of Huxley from its pioneer origins to the present day and into our future.