Onslow, Iowa
The Railroad Ran Through It. . . .  

About Us

Onslow, Iowa is a friendly little town of 196 people located in Eastern Iowa.  Onslow is in Wyoming and Madison Townships, located in Jones County, Iowa.  

Unless you're a history buff, you probably didnt know that Onslow was the second name give to our little berg.  Franksburg was actually the first and original name to this place we call home.  It was quickly changed when Franksburg, Minnesota was confused for Franksburg, Iowa on the railroad circuit. 

The Midland Division of the Chicago Northwestern Railway ran through our town from 1871-1950.  This put Onslow on the map.  Onslow's history is rich due to the wonderful people who have come before us.    

Howard Hall is a famous name when it comes to Onslow, Iowa.  Howard was born in Onslow to Harry Hall who owned the local blacksmith shop.  Howard spent the first 9 years of his life here until his family moved to Cedar Rapids.  What we know today as Brucemore was Howard's home during his adult years.  Howard and his wife Margaret had a love for animals, particulary dogs, birds and lions.  Yes, you heard it correctly...Lions.  The Halls had three lions all named Leo.  One of the lions was a blood relative to the MGM movie lion.      


The Onslow City Council meets at 6:30 PM on the 2nd Monday of each month.  Meetings are held at City Hall, 102 E Wyoming Avenue. 

Government Office:
Dean Holerud, Mayor
Russ Benke, Mayor Pro-Tem
Brenda Bahnsen, Council
Betty Jordan, Council
Nicole Martens, Council
Mike Streeper, Council 
Kevin Bahnsen, Water/Sewer Superintendent
Kevin Bahnsen, Maintenance Superintendent
Cheryl Westphal, Utility Billing Clerk
Karen Bixler, City Clerk

Onslow Volunteer Fire Department:
Mike Streeper, Fire Chief
Darrin Schaefer, Asst. Fire Chief
Jeremy Shover, 1st Lieutenant
Jamie Strait, 2nd Lieutenant
Jeremy Shover, Safety/Training Officer
Dale Bickford, Member
Beth Streeper, Member
Caleb Althoff, Member
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