ESTHERVILLE is the county seat [Emmet County, Iowa], situated in the western part of the county on the Des Moines River, eighty miles northwest of Fort Dodge. It contains one Methodist church, one general store, and one saw mill. The Des Moines River affords good water-power at this point. The soil of the township is a rich sandy loam.
Population of the village, 200; of the township, 300. (Hair's Iowa State Gazetteer..., 1865)