Pella Public Library
Carnegie Grant Information
Town & County
Twelfth Census of the United States — 1900. p. 450.
Pella is a town in Marion County, which was established on June 10,1845. The county was named for General Francis Marion (1732-1795) who served in the Revolutionary War. Knoxville was designated as the county seat. Marion County received two Carnegie grants for the towns of Pella and Knoxville.
(Source: Pratt, LeRoy G. “The Counties and Courthouses of Iowa.” Mason City, Ia; Klipto Printing & Office Supply Company, 1977, p. 220.)