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According to the book mentioned in the source below, the town of Agra was established on October 8, 1887, and it was named after the President of the Rock Island Railroad. Old-timers and others say that the town was named after the daughter of the President of the Rock Island Railroad.
Like the other towns in Phillips County, many of the families came from states like Iowa and Indiana to take advantage of the government's offer of free land. One family of settlers in Agra was the William Addie family who came from Wisconsin; William was born in Scotland and his wife, Elizabeth, was born in Ireland.
Phillipsburg-Phillips County centennial, 1872-1972. Edited by Cecil B. Kingery. 1972
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