From the Chamber of Commerce:
With a modest beginning in the timber industry, Magnolia has grown from its settler and sawmill beginnings to a sprawling center of commerce.
The community was first settled in the late 1840s and named Mink’s Prairie for one of its early settlers, Joseph Mink.
The town’s name shortened to Mink by 1850 and the first post office was established in 1858. The community’s population had grown to 25 by the turn of the century.
By 1903, the town of Mink had become Magnolia and a local flurry of excitement welcomed the I&GN Railroad, as the town grew up nearby, welcoming a steady influx of new residents, churches and commercial businesses.
By 1915, the population had grown to 150 residents and many of the residents worked in the Grogan-Cochran sawmill, the town’s largest commercial industry. The railroad made it easier to move workers and lumber, and the available land made Magnolia an ideal site to accommodate the sprawling timber industry.
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