Pioneers pushing the western boundary of their settlements farther and farther west, entered the land which is now Iowa, and made the first actual settlement in Plymouth county during the summer and fall of 1856. The county was then a "howling wilderness", part of what the early maps called "the Great American Desert".
Philip Scheider, Peter Schindel, Peter Emmert, Christian Schmidt, and John Schneider came here in July 1856, built log cabins, made hay, and then during the winter returned to Sioux City.

Union Township Cemetery, January 1999