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Mahaska County was established in 1843-4 from non-county area.

Extracted by Combs Researcher Barbara Rivas from "PROUD MAHASKA 1843-1900," by Semira A. Phillips, Herald Print, Oskaloosa, Iowa 1900, Reprinted 1974 by the Mahaska County Historical Society of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Unigraphic, Inc., Evansville, Indiana:

Page 333:

Most of the time since 1854, Oskaloosa, or Mahaska county, more properly speaking, has supported a Democratic paper. The first sheet of this party was the Oskaloosa Times, being the second paper in the county and established January, 1854 by Messrs. CAMERON & INGERSOLL. .....After a time the paper changed hands, and was ably conducted by R. R. HARBOUR and David COOMES. Samuel BRESSLER next bought COOMES' interest.

Pages 414-5:

33rd Regiment Infantry Company C. Second Corporal Reuben COOMES enlisted September 4, 1862, wounded in right shoulder at Helena. taken prisoner at Saline River.
Page 416 (Same Regiment - Company). Henry COOMES enlisted September 4, 1862, wounded in right shoulder at Helena, mustered out July 17, 1865.

Page 608-609:

West Oskaloosa Township. David COOMES, farmer, Sec. 10; P.O. Oskaloosa

Important: All Records collected for this county may not have been added here as yet. See also the Combs Research List Archives